Our annual summer guide training is the official kick off to our summer season of rock climbing, hiking, and mountaineering trips. This season’s two-day training session was held in Little Fall Creek—just over Trail Creek Summit from Sun Valley—where we reviewed risk management protocols, practiced rock guiding techniques, and explored some of the great potential of this venue. After a rainy late-spring, we also enjoyed warm, sunny weather and incredible views of the surrounding Pioneer Mountains!

All guides benefit from continual practice of rock rescue skills, including assisting a stuck climber, taking over or escaping a belay, and getting an injured climber to the ground. Fortunately, these techniques are rarely put to use in our daily guiding making the yearly refresher that much more important. Reviewing these skills also provides an important opportunity to foster mentorship between our senior guides and our newer up-and-comers. 

We also thoroughly enjoyed exploring some of the potential of Little Fall Creek. This zone offers a great top rope crag as well as entry level multi-pitch climbs—all a 30-40 minute drive from Sun Valley—making it an excellent venue for our half and full day Intro Rock Climbing programs.

Check out the photos and we look forward to getting out in the mountains with you this summer!