All the AAI Guides
AAI guides and athletes on stage for the opening ceremonies
Festival participants enjoy a water break during Friday's clinic with Andy Bourne
On the second and third days, Saturday and Sunday, the clinics ranged from rock rescue to crack climbing to slacklining to wilderness first aid. The majority of the clinics were run by AAI guides and professional athletes such as Sonnie Trotter, Micah Dash, and Katie Brown. Many of the clinics took place on the festival grounds (especially as the weather turned to rain on Sunday), but most were out in the Red Rock canyons. The canyons are breathtaking this time of year - everything is green and vibrant, there is water in the creeks, and wildlife (birds, rabbits, burros) to be seen.Viren, an AAI guide, relaxing in the sun on the Friday clinic
Participants in a course on wilderness navigation - note the mild confusion on everyone's faces as they learn to use a compass to navigate the wilds of the RRR festival grounds . . .
A burro - I can't tell you how excited I was to see this little guy!
A few rain clouds approach on Sunday
AAI guide Andy Bourne teaching belay techniques out in Calico Basin
The AAI booth - come and see me here next year!
Laura and Richard hanging out in the booth
Ben and Forest discuss the finer points of guide training half-way up the route
Can't wait for next year!Can you see the rainbow? The rain never seems to stick around too long in the desert . . .
-- Ruth Hennings