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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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March 26, 2014

AIARE Level 2: Snow Geeks Anonymous

It’s a common question, “So what’s the next step in avalanche education?” Well, for some it’s continuing to refresh and sharpen the skills taught in a Level 1. For others it’s stepping out and taking an AIARE Level 2 course. AIARE’s Level 2 is titled “Evaluating Snow Stability and Avalanche Hazard” and we lovingly call it “Snow Geeks Anonymous.” Why? Well, a Level 1 focuses on how we make decisions and identify avalanche terrain. So, a Level 2 really delves into the snowpack and how avalanches happen. [+] READ MORE

January 23, 2014

Education and Epic Corn Skiing on Rainier

This past weekend's Avalanche Level 1 course started out with two very fun, lively lectures at Evo in Seattle. Once it was time to head out to the field to practice our lessons, we head out to Mt. Rainier National Park. Three of our five students had never been to Paradise on the south side of Mt. Rainier before and what an absolutely amazing first day to visit. [+] READ MORE

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

August 5, 2013

Ice fall, Winds and Beautiful Blue Skies on Mt. Rainier

Our group of mostly long time Mountain Madness climbers Matthias, David, Krista and Krista all met at Second Ascent the morning of July 8th. There had been some last minute changes to our Mt. Rainier trip roster and repeat Mountain Madness clients David and Matthias joined the trip only a few weeks prior to the climb. However having climbed with MM before, their skills and excitement were more than adequate for the trip. We completed our gear check, packed up and began the drive south to Paradise, our jumping off point for the five day climb.

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