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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- 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
Perspective can be a difficult thing to gain....I keep trying to change mine. This isn't the entire picture...although it is some of the messy parts of the story.read more
How do you manage risk? - Risk = Consequence x Exposure x Vulnerability - Consequences: The consequences of being caught on this slope avalanching or from falling would be catastrophic: Survivability somewhere around nil. This slope had recently slid on an early...read more
Sharing the Outdoor Lifestyle Urban teaches safety and self-reliance Winter 2017/2018 Written By: Tom Hallberg | Images: David Bowers, Courtesy Benja Glatz, and Nancy Bockino Jacob Urban has a birthday tradition. On the day before his birthday, he climbs the Grand...read more
“Strong,” Urban said, “ means knowing when you’re not.”read more