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The Importance of Rock Guide Accreditation

September 3, 2018. Posted by: nelsonday

With increasing public excitement and media exposure in the evolving world of rock climbing, the appeal and interest in becoming an industry professional has escalated correspondingly. Two such paths towards “professional” exist: become a “badass rock star”; become a guide in the service industry. Although not “easy”, the easier and more feasible option in this ...»

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Climbing Mt. Conness Southwest Face (Harding Route) car-to-car

August 31, 2016. Posted by: nelsonday

August 30, 2016. The alarm went off at 3:30 AM. Incredibly, I had already been awake for the last 20 minutes; I suppose the anticipation of the alarm in conjunction with an epic day ahead woke me up. I pulled on my R1 hoody, Prana stretch pants, beanie, and socks, rolled over to bid Cass ...»

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Successes and Failures Rock Climbing at The Incredible Hulk

July 18, 2014. Posted by: nelsonday

My favorite alpine partner, Polly (who is also my sister) and I had been planning a return to The Incredible Hulk since our last visit a year ago. We had some unfinished business with the route Positive Vibrations, as well as some new business to attend to on a couple other routes. For those who ...»

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Rock Climbing Anchors

May 1, 2014. Posted by: nelsonday

As  many of you are probably aware, there recently was a rock climbing related death in Joshua Tree National Park. https://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/2384845/Recent-Climber-Death-in-JTreeSuch incidents are quite sobering and completely tragic, and especially so if they could have been avoided. This particular death was attributed to a traditional gear anchor failure. This is unheard of in the climbing community, ...»

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Rock Climbing: The Question

March 19, 2014. Posted by: nelsonday

“Man, that rock climbing route looks so good”. I find myself staring at pictures of a classic rock climbing route on mountainproject, hands starting to sweat, heart beat starting to raise, with a nervous twinge creeping up my spine and a few butterflies trying to find a place to rest in my upper back. I ...»

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Guiding in Suicide Rock for FYJ (University of Redlands)

August 30, 2013. Posted by: nelsonday

On August 22nd, I assisted Becky Lyons and Jay Harcum in a guiding extravaganza at Suicide Rock near the town of Idyllwild, CA. The clientele included University of Redlands students on their First Year Journey trip, as well as trip leaders, Mary and Jesse. The purpose of the trip was simple: give some first year ...»

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WFR (Wilderness First Responder)

August 21, 2013. Posted by: nelsonday

Last week, I had the pleasure (and consternation) of attending a Wildneress Medical Associates certification class to become a certified Wilderness First Responder. You may hear people mention “woofer” when referring to this certification, but I can guarantee you it has nothing to do with dogs, werewolves, or hucking up undigested Mexican food. It is ...»

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Beginnings

August 20, 2013. Posted by: nelsonday

Welcome to The Climbing Life Guides blog page! This blog will keep you updated on activities of our company, new certifications of staff, life experiences of clients, and life experiences of Nelson Day, the lead guide. This blog is written by Nelson Day. If you are reading a blog on this page, Nelson wrote it, ...»

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