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  1. Deep views back into the Chair Peak basin

    TGIF Day Trips

    Alpental

    Guided: Apr 18 -- Apr 18

  2. Typical Chugach skiing

    Valdez Ski Touring Week

    Valdez, Alaska

    Guided: Apr 19 -- Apr 24

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

    Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa...

    France and Italy

    Guided: Apr 21 -- Apr 26

  4. Dan Nordstrom on the summit slopes of Snoqualmie Mountain

    TGIF Day Trips

    Alpental

    Guided: Apr 25 -- Apr 25

  1. on the Inspiration Glacier

    Forbidden Tour

    North Cascades National P...

    Guided: May 2 -- May 5

  2. Ben drops into the Slot Couloir

    TGIF Day Trips

    Alpental

    Guided: May 2 -- May 2

  3. Mount Baker 10,781ft.

    Mount Baker Bullet Train

    Mt. Baker

    Guided: May 3 -- May 3

  4. Mt. Shuksan via the White Salmon Glacier

    Mt. Shuksan via the White...

    North Cascades

    Guided: May 3 -- May 4

  1. Pickets Ski Traverse

    Pickets Ski Traverse

    North Cascades

    Guided: May 5 -- May 10

  2. Alternate camp on the Quien Sabe Glacier

    Boston Basin Ski Mountain...

    North Cascades National P...

    : May 8 -- May 11

  3. Sunrise on the Inspiration Glacier

    The Isolation Traverse

    North Cascades National P...

    Guided: May 8 -- May 11

  4. Skinning by the Blowhole on the Platform Glacier

    Spearhead Traverse Expres...

    BC Coast Range

    Guided: May 9 -- May 11

  1. George Wiggins drowning in powder on Snoqualmie Mountain

    TGIF Day Trips

    Alpental

    Guided: May 9 -- May 9

  2. Early morning on the Quien Sabe Glacier with  Johannisberg in the back. Andrew McLean photo

    Sahale Peak Ski Touring

    North Cascades National P...

    Guided: May 10 -- May 11

  3. Early morning on Klawatti Col looking towards Eldorado Peak

    Forbidden Express

    North Cascades National P...

    Guided: May 16 -- May 18

  4. Baker Summit Ridge

    Mount Baker Bullet Train

    Mt. Baker

    Guided: May 17 -- May 17

  1. Base Camp on the Quintino Sella Glacier

    Mount Logan Ski Expeditio...

    Elias Range, Yukon, Canad...

    : May 18 -- Jun 6

  2. Mount Baker 10,781ft.

    Mount Baker Ski Summit

    Mt. Baker

    Guided: May 23 -- May 25

  3. Mount Baker Summit Express

    Mount Baker Ski Summit Ex...

    Mount Baker in the North ...

    Guided: May 24 -- May 25

  4. Early morning on the Quien Sabe Glacier with  Johannisberg in the back. Andrew McLean photo

    Sahale Peak Ski Touring

    North Cascades National P...

    Guided: May 31 -- Jun 1

  1. Crevasse rescue practice in an amazing class room.

    Mountaineering Course in ...

    North Cascades

    Instructional: Jul 8 -- Jul 12

  2. Nils Watkins getting after it.

    Kid's Rock Climbing

    North Bend or Vantage, WA

    Instructional: Jul 9 -- Jul 11

  3. "Heliotrope Ridge Camp" - amazing! (7200 feet)

    Mount Baker Mountaineerin...

    North Cascades

    Instructional: Jul 11 -- Jul 15

  4. The South Side of Mount Rainier

    2014 Mount Rainier --- SO...

    Mount Rainier National Pa...

    Guided: Jul 13 -- Jul 16

  1. The Pickets Traverse

    The Pickets Traverse

    North Cascades National P...

    Guided: Jul 21 -- Jul 26

  2. crampon work on the "lower Coleman Glacier"

    Mount Baker Mountaineerin...

    North Cascades

    Instructional: Aug 1 -- Aug 5

  3. The super classic view of Forbidden Peak from the Boston-Sahale col

    Mountaineering Course in ...

    North Cascades

    Instructional: Aug 5 -- Aug 9

  4. Advanced Kid's Rock

    Advanced Kid's Rock

    North Bend or Vantage, WA

    Instructional: Aug 6 -- Aug 8

  1. The Matterhorn and its famous Hornli Ridge

    Matterhorn and Zermatt Va...

    Zermatt Valley, Switzerla...

    Guided: Aug 11 -- Aug 15

  2. Kurt Buchwald in the fixed rope section near the shoulder.

    Alps Trilogy: Matterhorn,...

    Switzerland and France

    Guided: Aug 17 -- Aug 26

  3. Near the summit of the Dufourspitze.

    Monte Rosa Traverse

    Switzerland and Italy

    Guided: Aug 18 -- Aug 23

  4. Summer Haute Route

    Summer Haute Route

    Guided: Aug 25 -- Aug 30

  1. Get comfortable on Alpine Ice.

    Alpine Ice Course on Moun...

    Mount Baker, WA

    Instructional: Sep 4 -- Sep 7

  2. Looking at Johannesburg never gets old.

    Mountaineering Course in ...

    North Cascades

    Instructional: Sep 9 -- Sep 13

Trip Reports

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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