Category Archives: Mentors

The first day climbing – staying calm under pressure

Being a mountain guide is about being a leader, finding the way and making big decisions. But it is also about being a mentor, enabling others to be the best they can be.

One element I have always enjoyed is coaching people to rock climb. Sometimes people have climbed a lot and want to improve so they can realise a particular ambition, for others it is a completely new experience.

Trapped Chilean Miners and survival via mentors

Exactly one year ago today news emerged that 33 men were trapped in the San Jose copper-gold mine, Chile. Their rescue after 69 days spent underground is one of the most remarkable survival stories of our age. Jimmy Sanchez, one of ‘Los 33’, was just 19 years old. Another, Samuel Avalos, a father of three, had worked in the mine for a mere five months.