September 28, 2012
Last week we put together an Intro To Mountaineering Course for a few Outdoor Research product managers and designers. They spent day 1 leaning the basics (ice axe arrest, cramponing, etc.). The second day they went out onto the Nisqually Glacier for an up close encounter with a crevasse.
Below is a note and a couple photos Kendra sent our way – sounds like they had a good time!
Sent: Friday, September 28, 2012 9:51 AM
To: Tye Chapman
Subject: Thank You
We would like to give a huge THANK YOU to IMG Guides Emily Johnston and Austin Shannon for an amazing experience on our Intro To Mountaineering Course. It was an experience none of us will ever forget. Emily was an exceptional instructor teaching us self arrest with our ice axes and how to “walk like a monkey down a hill” with our crampons. We had such a great time with many laughs throughout both days.
The second day, when Austin joined us, was sweet! Having the opportunity to repel down a crevasse and ice climb out was absolutely awesome. Never having ice climbed before I have to admit that I was absolutely terrified, however both Emily and Austin were very comforting and professional easing each of us into the situation. It was so amazing I had to go down into the crevassse a second time. This was such a great opportunity for our product team to get out and use our product on a glacier with professional mountain guides to gain valuable feedback.
Seriously, this was such an incredible two days and we are so grateful for the IMG team to allow us such an amazing opportunity. Next year….we summit!
Thank you for everything and we hope you continue to love and use the Outdoor Research product.
Product Manager – Headwear