by Rick Casey, BRS Director
This fall Boulder was blessed with a glorious Indian Summer season, which was ideal for the three outdoor field trips and graduation climbs of the Basic Rock School, which occurred between October 4 and 26. The two senior instructors were Jill Yarger and Tim Hill, who graduate twelve students in all. This was Tim’s first time instructing in BRS was something of an innovation, as he had instructed with the Denver group’s equivalent of BRS, and as far as I know, was the first such “transplant” instructor taught in BRS. All went well, as Tim has taken the extra effort to become AMGA certified (or American Mountain Guides Association, see amga.com), a proud example for others of us in BRS to follow!
Along with the 12 graduating BRS students was one other graduate, Roger Laurence, who passed the BRS Test Out Procedure. Roger was the second applicant to pass BRS in this way, a new innovation that I helped develop for BRS last spring to encourage experienced climbers to pass BRS without having to take the full course, but still learn the self-rescue techniques and pass the field tests. To learn more about it, see the Test Out Procedure page on the website.
The course concluded with a party in the Clubroom for all the BRS students and instructors on Monday, October 27, where some frivolity ensued:
For a few more pictures of what the Belay Tower & Knot Test Day was like, see here.
Belay Tower & Knot Test Assistants:
Hector Reyes Pinon
Roger Lawrence III