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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Prep work for the tarp overlay --Have you practiced your unplanned night out?---Earlier this week I mentioned that my most bestowed item is my guide tarp. And showed it’s versatility being used as a stretcher during a rescue. ---One of it’s other uses is as a shelter....read more
--Who are you responsible for in the backcountry? ---The items that reside at the bottom of my pack in winter while rarely used are my constant companions and carried for the benefit of myself, group members or others in need.--My most bestowed item is my tarp. What I...read more
"I do uphill skiing; I don't do downhill skiing. I think that's for nerd amateurs." - - -Judah Friedlander- - Backcountry skiing ⛷ is the combination of all types of skiing. Nordic, Telemark, Downhill, Cross Country and Alpine Touring; with the majority of the time...read more
-"Communication - the human connection - is the key to personal and career success." - - -Paul J. Meyer- - -In high risk activities we over communicate...purposely. In short, we take turns being “Captain Obvious”.- - -This preoccupation not only reminds us of the...read more
--Sometimes terrain and access is misunderstood.- - -I rescued a poorly equipped individual who spent two nights in the backcountry in below freezing temperatures, high winds, and heavy accumulations of snow. Despite being adjacent and relatively near a ski area,...read more
During our tour in the Breccia Peak Area near Togwotee Pass today we traveled through primary easterly terrain above 10,000'. During this time we found strong evidence of weak snowpack structure. We observed this through several mediums: 1. Whomphing and collapsing in...read more
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