Full weekend: climbing, SAR, more climbing, and more SAR

This was a really full weekend and ever since I left work on Friday it’s been non-stop! Jamie and I were both off a little early from work so we blasted out to Clear Creek to do a little sport climbing. There are two really nice 8’s there that Jamie has been working on and Friday she rocked them both! They both have really tricky starts and she made them look good, far better than I did actually.

Saturday was an extra-credit training with SAR, we were doing mid-wall pick-offs and learning how to set up the systems. I volunteered to be the first “subject” over the edge and hung out for awhile as the rescuers set up the system. It certainly gives me a new appreciation for being stuck on a wall and definitely increases my desire to avoid that situation in the future.

Team Meeting
Team Meeting

Just hanging out
Just hanging out
Getting Rescued
Getting Rescued
Getting Rescued
Getting Rescued

The training went well though and after a few hours we got paged out for an injured party on Mt. Evans. I won’t really go into it, but we did out job and the guy got airlifted out by Flight For Life before the end of the day. Jamie and I dashed off right as the mission was ending, changed out of our grubby outdoor clothes and into spanky clean fancy clothes to attend a Bat Mitvah. Yes, you read that correctly, a Bat Mitzvah. It was really very interesting as I had never been to a Jewish ceremony before; it was a little confusing since the whole thing was in Hebrew but it was wonderful to have been invited to such an important event. After the ceremony was a great big party with food, and drink, and deserts! I think we had roughly 18 deserts each. As an aside, I look good in a kippah but I suspect that wearing one daily would probably be blasphemy ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sunday we got up early and drove out to Gray’s and Torrey’s, we wanted a reasonably short day so that we could hit The Golden City Brewery afterwards (c: We’ve both done the standard route before so we assailed Kelso Ridge with gusto, you can click here for a trip report which has only a few more details. It was a nice climb and really quite enjoyable. As we were driving back to Denver we got a page for a rescue up at St. Mary’s glacier. There seem to be a lot of missions out there recently and trying to get there from the Denver Tech Center has been really frustrating; it seems we just get on the highway and it’s stood-down. This time however we were able to respond and contribute.

Next weekend is the long weekend (finally!) and I’m planning to meet Ryan, Lisa, and Alan in Yellowstone and Teton’s National Park for some backpacking. I guess I’d better get on the planning (c:

1 Comment

  1. Emil
    August 31, 2009

    Nice. It’s good to see you’re finally getting out and doing something with your time ๐Ÿ˜‰ ha ha ha

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