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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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January 2, 2014

Where's All The Good Snow?

Its funny how a little bit of planning can really pay off. Most things in our lives are rushed and I wonder how many of them would be vastly improved with just a little bit of planning. Dinners, meetings, phone calls, emails…you get the idea. Slowing down and thinking through whatever task is at hand could vastly improve our efficiency and satisfaction. I’d say this past weekend’s AIARE Level 1 course found this experience to be incredibly true. 

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December 20, 2013

Avalanche Season Kicks Off With Private Avy Course

I woke up this morning to snow all over the trees and roads around my place near downtown Seattle. If it’s snowing in Seattle, you know what that means for the mountains…! I immediately turned on my computer and went directly to the Northwest Avalanche Center’s website (www.nwac.us) to check on the latest weather, snow, and avalanche conditions. The avalanche center had rated the avalanche danger for today in much of the Cascades as HIGH: “Natural Avalanches are Likely; Human Triggered Avalanches are Very Likely”. Wow, just in time. [+] READ MORE

December 13, 2013

Jove Peak Early Season: Not Your Typical Ski Tour

The date was set, the plan was made; it’s late November and Amy wanted a long ski tour that would challenge her technical ski touring skills. Amy is getting ready to climb Denali next spring and is set on making sure she gets her homework done; she wants to be the strongest member of the group.  She also tours on a split snowboard setup and wants to improve her technical touring skills in ski mode.  I had just the trip for her that would accomplish both; Jove Peak.

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May 20, 2013

Birthday Tour For A Birthday Gift

Ben Toronto had been given one day of ski guiding from his wife for his birthday. What a memorable way to spend a birthday, and how appropriate that this trip be called the Birthday Tour! In the middle of an epic corn cycle with another sunny day forecasted he decided to cash in on his gift.

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May 2, 2013

Blue Bird, Bees, And Turns On Mount Baker Ski Descent

At 7 am on April 24, 2013 Chris and I emerged from a steep ravine and I finally got a full view of our destination – the summit of Mount Baker. Chris pointed out the wisps of vapour that was coming from the crater of the active volcano that lies about 1000 feet below the summit. We had been skiing for about two and half hours, and Chris and I were starting to feel alive again after our 2:30 am departure from Sedro-Woolley on Hwy 20.

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