Day One July 20, 2007
Doug and I left after packing the truck and headed down to Canmore. Leslie and Zak were to follow in her car. We cruised into Canmore and found the ACC Hostel where we had a 4 bunk room booked. After hooking up with my parents via phone we decided that Doug would crash with them for a couple of days and L, Z and I would have the hostel to ourselves.
After a hour or so of aimless pacing, Leslie and Zak showed up and we stashed the gear in the rooms and headed into town to hook up with the parents. at their room and then we swung into town for a late dinner.
After dinner everyone went their own separate ways as we got ready for the big day.
Day Two July 21, 2007
Bright and early we were up and off to Yamnuska Mountain Adventures for the start of their Trad Rock Systems course. We met the other participants and the two guides/instructors, Tom Gruber and John?; did a quick gear check and piled into our cars to head off to Barrier Mountain.
After arriving we geared up for a fairly short approach and spent some time discussing placements and anchors and then built a few practice anchors in teams. The rest of the day was spent top-roping trad climbs to look at gear, practice jamming and experience an offwidth. It was a great intro and the off width was awesome. After the hike down while we were repacking the gear I saw a small black bear scoot across the highway. We agreed to meet at the Norquay turnoff outside of Banff at 8 am for the start of Day 2.