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Each season the MMG team assembles for a training session with the intention of covering business related topics, the previous season in review, and to brush up on best practices for the upcoming season. Not only are these things accomplished it is also a great way to spend time with friends that we otherwise only see in a professional role.

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Personally speaking I am honored to work with these gentleman. Each one of the MMG team in addition to being professional guides, husbands, and fathers, they are also professionals in other fields. Engineers, educators, tradesmen, nurses, Search and Rescue, the list goes on. Each one of their talents as individuals along with impressive climbing/guiding resumes makes one very strong team. Its during these trainings, when we are all assembled, that I truly see just how strong we all are together. I guess thats the point of gathering for a common purpose. To share what we have with the collective in an effort to, in MMG’s case, deliver a better service to the guests we guide through the mountains.

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This season we owe a special thanks to the other companies that have supported MMG and guides around the globe in an effort to say thank you for the jobs guides do. To Mammut for supplying and awesome jacket, Petzl for the carabiner and text books, and to Julbo for the glasses. Each one of these items not only makes us look a little cooler, but they also help MMG’s professional appearance. (Look for an individual blog on all the items from our supporters.)

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This years topics included business updates, an analysis on recent accidents that have occurred to the general public, how MMG can set a positive example to recreational climbers on avoiding these accidents, backcountry communication, AMGA programs, station management, up to down transitions, and the physics of a fall. All together an action packed day that has the entire team psyched for the rock season ahead.

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Again, a big thanks to all.

Widely used by climbers and bikers for years, Julbo performance eyewear is starting to make its presence more widely known in the suburbs of Boston where I teach full-time.

Over the past few months, it seems as though I have had the same interaction four or five times with different people.  I would be standing, wearing my Apple Green Julbo Stunt glasses with the Blue Spectron 3+ lens, and waiting for my kids’ bus to arrive.  A friend or colleague would stop to say hello and then comment on my glasses.

“Whoa, that’s quite a color,” he or she would say.

“Try them on,” I would reply.  After hesitating for a moment, he or she would comply.

“Wow!  These lenses are awesome!  They don’t make it too dark.  What kind of glasses are these?”

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For almost two years now, the Julbo Stunt has been my go-to glasses for numerous outdoor activities – climbing, biking, hiking – or for simply walking around town (or bus-stop).  These lightweight glasses wrap around your eyes, leaving no large gaps so that no matter which way you move the lenses protect your eyes.  The GripNose and slim GripTech temples wrap around snugly, but not too snugly, to enable the glasses to stay on your face when climbing or biking.  In addition, the Stunt fits comfortably under a helmet for a long day of climbing or biking without hurting behind the ears.

The lenses are fantastic!  When climbing on the slabs in the full sun, I barely notice them but remain thankful that I am not squinting from the glare off the rock.  While fighting the reflection from White Mountains, the blue Spectra 3+ lenses, never making it too dark.  In fact, on a recent trip to Tennessee, even though it was slightly overcast, I put my Stunts on to keep the small gnats out of my eyes and could still see small footholds just fine.

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While I try to be careful and take care of my sunglasses, because I am using them for activities like climbing, my Stunts have endured their fair share of mileage.  Nonetheless, these glasses have taken quite the abuse and have held up through it all.  If you are looking for a pair of performance glasses for the upcoming spring and summer, I would highly recommend the Stunts.

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Todd Goodman

MMG Guide