We did a full day of training today with our RMI guides right under the shadow of Rainier.
It was exhilarating, frightening and encouraging all at the same time. Even though these pictures may make it seem like we are just playing in the snow, it was not easy. This is brand-new territory for us. We learned how to self-arrest, team arrest, rest step, pressure breathe, rope walk, walk uphill, walk downhill, use our avalanche beacons … entirely new jargon and methods from backpacking.