On Saturday we spent most of the day at St. Mary’s Glacier with the High Altitude Mountaineering School. It was our first outing after a couple class room sessions, and the main areas of focus for the day were practicing self-arrest from every position imaginable (with crampons), how to build bomber snow anchors, glacier rope teams and running belays, and z-pulleys. It was a ton of fun, and I especially liked the self-arrest part, although I am a little sore today from throwing myself down the hill as hard as I could over and over. The weather was just perfect, and I think we really lucked out because usually the area is known for its cold, unforgiving wind. Afterwards we all grabbed a bite to eat at Tommy Knockers in Idaho Springs. We’re learning a ton about climbing glaciated peaks in this class and also meeting lots of other climbers with similar interests. It’s a pretty fun time all around.