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July 28, 2015

A Bit of Luck for Elbrus Group 2

MM Guide Mark Pugliese reports on the second of three Elbrus trip of the season that was met with some good luck and a successful summit! 

After a day touring the Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow, our group boarded the domestic flight to Mineralnye Vody and drove south to the Caucasus mountain range.

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June 28, 2014

Elbrus Team Reaches Blooming Baksan Valley

Elbrus season has begun in Russia and the climbing season is in full swing. Our group met in Moscow to take in some of the sights and culture of this foreign land before heading to the mountain. The team is an unlikely match, with members joining from Hong Kong, Florida and Alaska.  Though the places we call home stretch all around the world, we have a strong team and we are looking forward to heading up to the Barrels camp today.  Everybody is ready to stride out their climbing legs on the mountain and the skiers are ready to rip some turns down the highest mountain in Europe.

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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 14, 2014

Smart Skiing on a High Hazard Day

I couldn’t believe my eyes; I even refreshed the website a time or two to make sure it wasn’t a fluke. We were several days out from my next avalanche course and the Stevens Pass weather forecast was for snow, snow, and more snow. Starting Wednesday and lasting all through the weekend. This was that epic storm I dream about at night, powder billowing over my head and shoulders. But the storm wasn’t to be without its issues. [+] READ MORE