From Scotland to Alpine Guide
This is what it was all about
First day out as a guide, however, I wasn't guiding, just a nice day climbing with Lou who is recovering from ACL reconstruction surgery!
The summer has flown by. Last thing I remember from Scotland seemed only a couple of weeks ago but the last 3 months has been crammed full with so much. The main highlight was that last week I passed my final guides exam. Yeeehaaaaw!!... as they would say across the pond! Three and a half years of training and assessments has brought me here and 10 years of holidays in the Alps has allowed me to get too where I am. God know's how much has been spent on the process but every penny, bead of sweat, drip of blood, alpine knee and Poco Loco's has been worth it! What a relief to get awarded the badge.
Guiding the Rochefort Arete with fellow guide Andy Nelson
Huge thanks go out to so many people. My parents for agreeing that this is better for me than university, all off my climbing partners along the way, far too many to name but Kenny Grant was there from the start, we had epics but so many more successes and most of the routes in my application form were with him. Thanks to everyone who put me up, let me sleep on their sofas or use their showers, sleep and smelling good are two things I like. Also I would like to thank everyone who has helped me financially throughout this process, without this help, I probably would have had to delay a year and draw the process out for longer.
Guiding the Dent du Geant. Well cool!!
Most of all though, thank you to the gorgeous Louisa Reynolds who has stood by me throughout this process. I have been away from home so much in the last couple of years and I'm so glad you stuck with me and came to celebrate with me when I passed and share this experience. You are the best!
Also to the lads and lass. My school buddies. Jack, Ally, Tamsin, Ross, Calum, James and Max. It's been great fun and emotional but looking forward to working in the Alps with you all!
Practice day with Ross Hewitt on Petit Charmoz
By the way, it wasn't all mountains. We enjoyed some of the other beauties of the Alps. Biking and swimming at Lake Annecy is recommended!