Every year AAI hires guides, but usually the new guide staff consists of three to eight people. In 2017 the new guide staff busted the seams at 15 people.
It was certainly no small task to train so many people, but the curriculum held up and every individual had the opportunity to train under AAI's Tenured and Certified guide staff.
Katie Griffith & Katlynne Schaumberg. Not Pictured: Lindsey Hamm
In the following video, the guides participate in a crevasse rescue race near the Mt. Baker Ski Area Parking Lot:
The final test for the new guides is to complete a week of student teaching. The team works with real students on an Alpinism I or an AMTL I.
--Jason D. Martin