Teton Snow GeekOver the last 23 years my experience in the outdoor industry has spanned the roles of undergraduate professor, mountain guide, program director, corporate trainer, SAR trainer, and business owner. Currently, I own and operate Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute, LLC. An educational think tank devoted to developing and delivering curriculum in the areas of avalanche education and pre-hospital emergency medical training in the urban and wilderness environments. View Full Bio
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I think the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center said it best, "In these conditions expert snowpack stability skills may not suffice. The answer is smart terrain choices. Stick to green light terrain." When you have natural activity, remote triggers, whoomphing and positive...read more
The quality of preseason skiing conditions in Tetons and Togwotee Pass areas varied greatly depending on aspect, elevation, slope angle, exposure to wind and one's willingness to explore. North facing terrain in the Tetons above 9,000' served the best conditions...read more
- -"Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence."- - -Hermann Buhl- - -My belief is that Companion Rescue is a necessary skill that demands a high level of proficiency to enter the backcountry...as a stand alone skill, it’s not a right of passage.- -...read more
- -The early season ritual has begun. - - -Getting out, tracking the snowpack and making some turns are part of the everyday equation. Although, fitness is the primary goal. - - -While I stay fit throughout the year I find it important to “ease” into each season. As a...read more
- As the snow begins to pile up in the mountains 🏔 I humbly remind myself that the average depth of an avalanche burial is 1.2m (represented in the photo) and 50% of those fully buried victims result in a fatality.- - -Those are good odds if your gambling with money...read more
- -It’s not by accident that we gain safe passage in the mountains. Obtaining that outcome relies heavily on the “you” and the “us” in the teams we work in. - - -How you plan, communicate and execute in the terrain with your partner(s) often dictates our success or...read more
-Staying alive in avalanche terrain is an investment in patience and time in my opinion...here’s why. - Sometimes avalanches are isolated to small areas and other times they are widespread over large areas. These phenomena are forecastable by weather and snowpack...read more