The AAI guide training for new guides starts with two weeks of technical training. During that time, the guides go to a lot of the places where we work, such as Mt. Erie, Mt. Baker, Leavenworth, Mazama and Washington Pass. During that time, they are trained in single pitch guide techniques, multi-pitch guide techniques, alpine guide techniques, glacier travel skills, and ski guide techniques. The initial two week training is the most intensive training offered by any guide service in America.
Once the guides have completed their first fourteen days, they move on to an additional six days of student teaching under the supervision of a senior guide. Guides generally co-teach an Alpinism 1: Intro to Mountaineering course before they're set loose.
Following is a photo from the training. It is possible to click on any of the pictures to make them larger.
From Leavenworth, we made our way to Mazama and Washington Pass. Here we began to work on our technical rescue skills, while also making ascents of alpine rock peaks.
We were forced to climb a pitch of snow and ice in order to obtain the base of the route,
a base that you can usually walk to.
Toward the end of the training, some of us decided to go out to dinner.
Others decided to stay back in camp. We took this picture of Doug and Jeremy
to make those who stayed back in camp jealous. It worked!