The Lookout Mountain Blog

Not sure if my analogy is perfect-but I’ve always been intrigued by the cool movies and videos that show the difficulties of the Navy Seal Training that takes place mainly off the San Diego Coast. I admire anyone who has gone through that kind of difficulty for such a lengthy amount of time. It is amazing to see these men and women struggle as they are sent out to sea in full gear and try to float for immense amounts of time. The grueling physical challenges that are faced is truly an amazing tribute to the American Spirit. To Mike Funk – apparently blue is his color. It has to be because he simply refuses to take anything but 1st. Mike once again took 1st place in the Men’s Expert 50+ Sunday with 2:32.47 registered on the clock. Wait, he’s not done yet, Mike also was the Champion for the Men’s 50+ Cross Country Series with a total accumulation of 2,415 points.

Overall, my time in the Alps was incredibly educational. I was exposed to many historical aspects of Alpinism and what it means to the local valley. Being immersed in the alpine and exploring what the French Alps have to offer, I progressed in my own guiding and took one step closer to becoming a full IFMGA guide.mountain

June 4 – DeSoto State Park Sunday Lunch Buffet – Let us do the cooking for you and your family this Sunday! Enjoy a Lunch Buffet at the Mountain Inn Restaurant, located in DeSoto’s historic Lodge built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935. Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cost is $13.95 per person.

Representatives from Northtowne Cycling offered the chance to try e-bikes, which are powered by electricity and which provide needed assistance on hilly terrain or, as certainly was the case today, strong winds. They said e-bikes are becoming more popular, though still a tiny proportion of their sales.

Europe has figured out, though, how to professionalize guiding as an industry and into a legitimately well respected trade. Professionalizing the mountain guiding standards and simultaneously deepening the traditions of guiding with our U.S. climbing culture will create a better, safer experience for my clients, my co-workers, and myself in the beautiful places we call home. I encourage you to look into the IFMGA standard by going to the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) web site and educate yourself about the importance of guide standardization and how this might affect you as a consumer. Good luck and see you in the Alps!mountainmountain