Further Education of Guides: Stalling or Flying?
I was talking to a river pard the other day about
learning to fly a plane. We talked about what causes a plane to stall. Its an
awful feeling, he said. The plane kind of shudders and jerks and well, stops
flying. If you dont do something, it starts to fall out of the sky!
Wow, I dumbly said, I guess stalling is really important to learn
Some guides are worried about this. After mentioning the possibility of a
credential in the last issue of the news (Professional Guide Workshop), some folks
conjured up images of more requirements and tests and bureaucratic nonsense. One guide
stated that we arent academics, thats not what we do. So, now
Well, weve also heard a lot of encouraging words to continue building
an educational program that goes beyond the yearly Guides Training Seminar. The idea is
that the GTS, as superlative as it is, only reaches the relatively few guides who can
manage to get there. The excellent speakers and spontaneity of the event will continue to
be a treasured event. But, the GTS is designed to cover a wide smattering of topics
relatively lightly. I mean, its a great hit; but what can we do for guides who really want
to sink their teeth into a particular topic? And, how can those guides link into a network
of others with similar interests? How can we more effectively share the tremendous wealth
of experience out there on interpretation tricks?
Were presently assembling a questionnaire with a few such pertinent
questions on this topic. When you get it in the mail, please think and respond. And plan
on helping us get something rolling at the Fall Meeting in Moab.
Canyonlands Field Institute in Moab is interested in working with us to help
establish a guide training program using their expertise in outdoor experiential
education. Theyve volunteered to put on a special edition of their Endangered Fish
of the Colorado River workshop in conjunction with the fall GCRG meeting. It will take
place on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 14 in Moab after the GCRG Meeting.
Its mid July on the Plateau. The desert air has a different smell.
Could it be the monsoon? If I was flying a plane up there right now, Id want to know
all about stalling. Dont forget what we stand for: setting the highest
standards..., ... the best possible river experience and all that good