|Chad on the SE face of Emerson, High Sierra CA|
Alright, my guiding work in 2013 looked like this:
Nature of the Work:
- 41 Trips total.
- 16 of those were single day trips.
- 2 trips were 2 days long.
- 19 were 3 days and 2 nights.
- 3 trips were 4 days.
- And 1 was 5 days long.
- For a total of 94 days guiding.
- 15 Trips were alpine climbing
- 4 were ice climbing
- 7 Rock climbing
- 15 were skiing
|Mike B in the Banana Chute, Mammoth CA|
Nature of the people I got to hang out with and our goals together:
- 20 trips had returning clients
- A new category deserves mention this year: Five of the trips I worked were with new folks who came directly to me. Either via word of mouth, or via my website, these people found me independent of Sierra Mountain Guides.
- 20 trips with returning clients plus 5 new folks directly to me means that 16 of my trips came off the SMG marketing program.
- On 18 trips the primary objective was education of some sort. "Success" on trips of this fashion is difficult to quantify.
- Of the 26 trips that had specific objectives (Peak or peaks or a specific route or routes), in some cases in addition to education, we attained all of those objectives completely 16 times.
- On three of the 16 "successful" trips, I noted that we accomplished everything we set out to do, and then something more.
- This year: 62% success percentage.
- 2012 72% success percentage.
|Jon A and I at the end of the Grand Traverse, Wyoming.|
- On 34 trips I noted just "clear and sunny" weather.
- On 6 trips it rained or hailed.
- On one(!) trip it snowed.
- On 8 trips I noted that it seemed unseasonably warm
- On 4 trips I noted that it seemed unseasonably cold
- That means that on the remainder (29) the temperatures seemed "normal" to me.
In other work, I substitute taught 16 days and completed 5 full OutdoorGearLab reviews.