February 29th, 2012 | Comments Off on Finally some snow

We had such a crappy winter – no snow half the year – it was crazy.  Someone sure was happy when we finally got some.

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February 25th, 2012 | Comments Off on Santa & Abby at Redrocks

Our great friends Santa & Abby just returned from 18 months overseas, and we managed a quick one day visit at Redrocks for some mellow climbing.  It was so awesome to see them and catch up.  We then headed back to St. George to celebrate Kevin McClure’s big 40th birthday Saturday night, and a fine day of roadside climbing at the VRG on Sunday.  A fun filled weekend.

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February 20th, 2012 | Comments Off on President’s Day Tour

We had a beautiful Monday off of work so Ellen and I went for a quick tour up Little Cottonwood Canyon.  The weather was perfect and snow was surprisingly good.

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February 11th, 2012 | Comments Off on Powick Gallery Updated

When we first moved to SLC I started what I call ‘the Powick Gallery’ – six photos that summarize the year prior.  I try to update it right at the beginning of each near year.  The photos then go into an album – the goal so we can look back and some of the “significant” events or trips from that year.

 

 

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February 8th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Let me tell you, I realize I don’t deserve much, but I deserved business class the whole flight home.  I used air miles to buy my seat so bought a business class seat – and let me tell you… it was unbelievable.  Everyone calling me “Mr Powick”, “is there anything I can get you Mr. Powick”, etc, etc.  Each passenger has his/her own “pod”, incredible food, booze, seats go totally flat, big huge blankets and pillows, etc.  Unreal.  As well, seeing as i hadn’t really had a shower in over a month, I took advantage of having a 30min shower in every business class lounge at every layover on the way home.  It’ll be hard to going in the back of the bus – that’s for sure.

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February 6th, 2012 | Comments Off on in Katmandu

well, we made it to Katmandu, and surprisingly, so did my bags…

It was back to total mayem: pollution, people, noise, etc.  We had about a day in KTM until I headed back to the states – so it was time to clean up, pack up, get some food, and head out.

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February 6th, 2012 | Comments Off on Flight to Katmandu

After our long hike to Lukla, we were up early and managed to get on the first flight out to Katmandu. We were psyched.  Unfortunately the weather closed in and all other flights were grounded for four days.

It was crazy going from the white and solitude of a small village in the Khumbu to the sensory overload of Katmandu.

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February 5th, 2012 | Comments Off on Hike to Lukla

Well after a month of constant cold, long days, tons of hiking, trying to understand the amazing effort all the students were putting in at speaking English, and the constant stress of trying to ensure we didn’t kill anyone – we were anxious to head home.  Pete and I elected for the one day mega blast from Phortse to Lukla (note: it took us 3 days to hike in…) whereas the other Western Instructors opted for a more mellow hike out, taking two days.  It ends up that we lucked out as we got to Lukla in the evening, and made the first flight out in the morning, and unfortunately the rest of the crew ended up being stuck for FOUR days waiting for weather to fly out.  Yowsa.

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February 4th, 2012 | Comments Off on Advanced Class

Next up – the Advanced Class.  Now most of these ~30 students had taken the basic Khumbu Climbing Class previously and/or worked significantly in the mountains.  One student had 13 Everest summits under his belt, one had six but had never placed an ice screw and didn’t know how to rappel.  It was kind of horrifying, but that’s why we were there.  This was a great bunch of young guys, and with the smaller size, it was less hectic, so we really got to know some of the students and got to focus on teaching them the skills they would need to stay alive in the mountains.

 

After the eight day course covering more advanced ice climbing and rock climbing, medical training, ascending and descending fixed ropes, multiple rescue techniques, and the mandatory climbing slang terminology – it was time for graduation and an evening of celebration.

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