Right after my returned from the sunny and warm south west I was treated to a cold moist day on the Willys Slide. This was the beginning of a six day technical training session for a group of visiting PJ’s. Over the six days Alain Comeau lead this group through a series of train ups followed by practical sessions on the ice, the cliffs and over the rivers. I was along to assist and be the other set of eyes keeping the group on target with these new and highly technical skills.

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A modified self arrest – note slider is picking up axe on the move.

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Snow anchors – these should be the last of the season on Willys.

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Ice bollard for rappels.

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The twin rescue system in action.

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Twin system on the top of Cathedral Ledge.

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Getting started with the English Reeve system .

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English Reeve system in action over the gorge.

Thanks to Alain and the men from the pararescue squad – it was a great week of learning with some additional fun hack sessions.

Art Mooney