I'm a candidate this season who is posting a blog about the journey to become a patroller.
I've wanted to join the patrol for some time but surprisingly there is very little in the way of information on the web beyond a few paragraphs on patrol websites on why you should join... Pretty generic stuff. I have a wife, kids, career, etc. so I wanted to know more about the time and process to make sure I knew what I was getting into.
I spent many a late night looking for insight on what a volley patroller goes through in their candidate year to earn their bones. I kept coming up empty so I decided to leave my thoughts for those of you behind me who would like to join a patrol but really want to know what goes on behind the scenes on the process. (its a long process...)
Hopefully this will help some of you get off the fence and sign on to your local patrol. For some it might de-romance it, I guess that is OK also. Better to know now than 4 or 5 months in... I've kept my mountain out of it as I don't want it to be about the mountain or that patrol but its written from the point of view of helping others who are considering joining a patrol to get some perspective on what it takes to get through the candidate season.