Jason Leppi leads up a small ice step near Cody, Wyoming.
Inge Perkins climbs near Cody, Wyoming.
A gigantic frozen river provides a beautiful approach to many ice climbs in the area near Cody, Wyoming.
Inge 'shredding' an ice climb.
The Junior Mountaineering Team prepares for a day in the backcountry of Beehive Basin with Jay Poppi of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.
Quinnie Mawhinney listens as instructor, Pete Tapley, discusses the danger of wet slide avalanches in the springtime.
Erin Taylor teaches students about equalized anchors at practice rock.
Inge Perkins leads her first trad climb at Practice Rock in Hyalite Canyon.
Executive Director, Erin Taylor, belays Inge Perkins on her first trad lead.
JMT students teach their parents and family members how to rappel in The City of Rocks, Idaho, demonstrating all the the skills they have learned throughout the year.
MMA Executive Director, Erin Taylor, does a demonstration on lead climbing for JMT family member in The City of Rocks.
Since the seniors on the team missed their Prom to go to the City of Rocks, they decided to dress up anyway. Quinnie Mawhinney climbs in her 'Prom' dress.
Adam Pohl gazes at the Tetons from the Climber's Ranch in Teton National Park one early June morning.
These are photos from the 07-08 JMT. The photos span the entire year including rock climbing, ice climbing, and backcountry skiing. This year in particular the team was comprised of seven students who will be shown in the photos; Adam Pohl, Phil Straub, Inge Perkins, Quinnie Mawhinney, Bowie Foote, Grant Lair, and Kt Miller.
The Junior Mountaineering Team gives enthusiastic kids the tools they need to explore their local mountains and the adventures that lay beyond: to make them alpinists. While this mission may have a clear technical focus, the impact that the JMT has on its participants goes far beyond learning about ropes, knots, and climbing technique. This program instills not only a rich aesthetic appreciation for the natural environment but also helps participants gain a deeper awareness about their own inner landscapes and their inter-relatedness to the Earth and those around them. Through an amalgamation of all that is experienced and learned throughout this program, the ultimate objective of the JMT is to develop community leaders with a critical consciousness of the essential facets of life.
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ALL PHOTOS © KATHARINA MILLER