Why I Love My Job

I love my job.

How many people get to say that every day?  Sadly, very few.

I am an adventure guide and team building facilitator, as well as being a teacher at a private school for children ages 3 to 13.  As I looked back at my schedule for last week, I can honestly say that I had a great week at work.  Here’s how it looked:

Practicing 'Belay Escapes'

Practicing 'Belay Escapes'

Sunday – Wilderness Medicine Field Course – I was asked to come out and help another organization run the rock climbing component of a Wilderness First Responder course.  We headed out to Sugarloaf and set up a few climbs, a few rappels, and taught some self-rescue.  I love teaching advanced rock rescue skills, so this was definitely a fun day.

Practicing Ropes Course Rescues

Practicing ROPES Coures Rescues

Monday – ROPES Course Facilitator Training – I collaborated with another adventure company for a training with a few new ropes course facilitators.

Tuesday and Wednesday – I chaperoned a trip for 6th graders down to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens – roller coasters are just as fun now as they were when I was a kid!

Rock Climbing Anchors Clinic

Rock Climbing Anchors Clinic

Thursday and Friday – Rock Climbing guide training – I taught  five new guides the basics of top-roping anchor construction, self-rescue and how to teach a basic skills class for youth or adults.  Practice, practice, practice!

Getting ready to swing!

Getting ready to swing!

Saturday – ROPES Course – I facilitated a ropes challenge course program for a local company.  We just finished building a new high element called the “Giant Swing,” where the participant climbs up to a platform, stands up, and swings off into the air.  The great thing about this activity is that the rest of the team has to work together to lower the climber down using two belay devices – working in tandem.  The group loved it!

I can’t wait until next week!