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  1. Dave Jordan calling it for the day on the Forbidden Glacier with the Torment - Forbidden Ridge in the background

    North Cascades Ridge Trav...

    North Cascades

    Guided: Sep 1 -- Sep 6

  2. Get comfortable on Alpine Ice.

    Alpine Ice Course on Moun...

    Mount Baker, WA

    Instructional: Sep 4 -- Sep 7

  3. Tools of the trade

    Mount Baker North Ridge

    Mt. Baker North Ridge

    Guided: Sep 5 -- Sep 7

  4. Fun climbing on the middle pitch

    The Tooth South Face

    Alpental Valley

    Guided: Sep 6 -- Sep 6

  1. In the exposed chock stone section

    Chair Peak via West Ridge

    Alpental Valley

    Guided: Sep 6 -- Sep 6

  2. Crevasse rescue practice in an amazing class room.

    Mountaineering Course in ...

    North Cascades

    Instructional: Sep 9 -- Sep 13

  3. at the base of the ice pitches

    Mount Baker North Ridge

    Mt. Baker North Ridge

    Guided: Sep 19 -- Sep 21

  4. The Mount Si Run

    The Mount Si Run

    North Bend, WA

    : Sep 26 -- Sep 26

  1. Pico de Orizaba (18,491 ft / 5636 m) Servimont photo

    Pico de Orizaba Ski Desce...

    Mexico

    Guided: Oct 24 -- Oct 30

  2. Pin point search made easy

    AIARE 1 Avalanche Course

    Snoqualmie Pass

    : Dec 26 -- Dec 28

  3. Our outdoor classroom

    AIARE 1 Refresher

    : Jan 4 -- Jan 4

  4. Pin point search made easy

    AIARE Level 1 Avalanche C...

    Snoqualmie Pass

    : Jan 6 -- Jan 11

  1. Facets!

    AIARE Level 2 Avalanche C...

    Alpental

    : Jan 8 -- Jan 11

  2. Our outdoor classroom

    AIARE 1 Refresher

    : Jan 10 -- Jan 10

  3. The classic Cascade snowpack.

    AIARE Level 1 Avalanche C...

    Snoqualmie Pass

    : Jan 13 -- Jan 18

  4. Maritime snow climate pit craft!

    AIARE Level 1 Avalanche C...

    Snoqualmie Pass

    : Jan 20 -- Jan 25

  1. pinpoint search

    Advanced Transceiver Sear...

    Alpental

    : Jan 25 -- Jan 25

  2. Advanced Navigation

    Advanced Navigation

    Alpental

    : Feb 1 -- Feb 1

  3. Advanced terrain assessment

    AIARE Level 2 Avalanche ...

    : Feb 6 -- Feb 9

  4. The basics of a compression test

    AIARE Level 1 Avalanche C...

    Snoqualmie Pass

    : Feb 20 -- Feb 22

  1. Maritime snow climate pit craft!

    AIARE Level 1 Avalanche C...

    Snoqualmie Pass

    : Mar 3 -- Mar 8

  2. Just about all you need to know. Paul Werner photo

    Fjords of Norway

    Northern Norway

    : Mar 16 -- Mar 21

  3. Mike Hattrup testing a new K2 Shuksan in the Couloir Cosmique in Chamonix.

    Short Bus Adventure Ski W...

    Switzerland

    Guided: Mar 30 -- Apr 4

  4. Amazing ski terrain below the Gran Zebru

    Ortler Ski Traverse 2015

    Ortler Range, Italy

    Guided: Apr 6 -- Apr 11

  1. Dave Vanderhoff in his element coming off the Hinter Fiescherhorn. Finsteraarhorn in the background.

    Bernese Oberland Ski Tra...

    Bernese Alps, Switzerland

    Guided: Apr 6 -- Apr 11

  2. Approaching camp near Ripsaw Ridge

    Spearhead Traverse

    BC Coast Range

    Guided: Apr 6 -- Apr 9

  3. Looking east towards Matterhorn and Dent Blanche from the top of Mont Fort

    Haute Route ski tour 2015

    Chamonix, France to Zerma...

    Guided: Apr 13 -- Apr 18

  4. Endless ski touring terrain

    Valdez Ski Touring Week

    Valdez, Alaska

    Guided: Apr 19 -- Apr 24

  1. The classic ski route up Mont Blanc via the Grand Mulets hut

    Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa...

    France and Italy

    Guided: Apr 20 -- Apr 25

  2. Taking a break on the Curtain morain

    Spearhead Traverse Expres...

    BC Coast Range

    Guided: May 8 -- May 10

  3. Waddington's North West summit

    Mt Waddington Ski Expedit...

    Coast Range, B.C., Canada

    Guided: May 8 -- May 17

  4. The Kautz Chute from Camp Hazard

    Mount Rainier Climb

    Mount Rainier National Pa...

    Guided: Jul 12 -- Jul 15

Trip Reports

Summer Clearance Sale

Summer Clearance Sale

Late Season Alpental Ski Touring June 2014

Alpental Ski Touring June, 2014

Martin Volken's Hazard Evaluator

High consequence decision-making is difficult. If time pressures are added to the process, life can become stressful very fast.
I am a mountain guide and guiding service owner and take a lot responsibility over other peoples’ lives. My particular profession involves risk to live and limb. The decision-making process lacks the comforting redundancies of a more procedural risk management process. he decision-making process lacks the comforting redundancies of a more procedural risk management process. Considering that there is always a residual risk in high consequence decision-making, the long-range odds are not stacked favorably for a professional mountain guide. I also had to come to terms with the fact that the average human does not process information optimally in a high stress situation.

Marinelli Couloir ski descent

The first ski descent of the famed Marinelli Couloir in 1969 made Sylvain Saudan officially the "skieur de l'Impossible". Here is a short account by Martin Volken of the history of this amazing 7000 foot ski descent line. 

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