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

    Mount Baker Mountaineerin...

    North Cascades

    Instructional: Jul 23 -- Jul 27

  2. or climb at your personal limit at Exit 32 in North Bend

    Intro to Rock Climbing

    North Bend or Vantage, WA

    Instructional: Jul 25 -- Jul 27

  3. topping out on the ice pitches

    Mount Baker North Ridge

    Mt. Baker North Ridge

    Guided: Jul 25 -- Jul 27

  4. Safe rappelling techniques in Vantage, WA

    Rock Climbing in Vantage ...

    Vantage, WA

    Instructional: Jul 25 -- Jul 27

  1. The first glimpse of the south side of Mount Baker from Schreiber Meadows

    Mount Baker Summit Climb ...

    Guided: Jul 26 -- Jul 27

  2. crampon work on the "lower Coleman Glacier"

    Mount Baker Mountaineerin...

    North Cascades

    Instructional: Aug 1 -- Aug 5

  3. The steep rappel section of the summit

    The Tooth South Face

    Alpental Valley

    Guided: Aug 2 -- Aug 2

  4. Back down on the Easton Glacier

    Mount Baker Summit Climb ...

    Guided: Aug 2 -- Aug 3

  1. The start of the route

    Chair Peak via West Ridge

    Alpental Valley

    Guided: Aug 3 -- Aug 3

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

    Mountaineering Course in ...

    North Cascades

    Instructional: Aug 5 -- Aug 9

  3. Advanced Kid's Rock

    Advanced Kid's Rock

    North Bend or Vantage, WA

    Instructional: Aug 6 -- Aug 8

  4. approaching the base of the route

    Mount Baker North Ridge

    Mt. Baker North Ridge

    Guided: Aug 8 -- Aug 10

  1. The Matterhorn and its famous Hornli Ridge

    Matterhorn and Zermatt Va...

    Zermatt Valley, Switzerla...

    Guided: Aug 11 -- Aug 15

  2. More climbing in the Feathers area in Vantage

    Intro to Rock Climbing

    North Bend or Vantage, WA

    Instructional: Aug 15 -- Aug 17

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

    Alps Trilogy: Matterhorn,...

    Switzerland and France

    Guided: Aug 17 -- Aug 26

  4. Near the summit of the Dufourspitze.

    Monte Rosa Traverse

    Switzerland and Italy

    Guided: Aug 18 -- Aug 23

  1. :  Warm up in the ancient Araucaría forest near Lonquimay.  These trees are up to 3000-years old and make a magical setting.  Get your ski legs back and remember how to use your beacon and make a kick turn.  Get in a few thousand feet of great skiing.

    Skiing Classic Volcanoes ...

    Chile

    Guided: Aug 22 -- Sep 2

  2. Pre-dawn start on the big Easton Glacier

    Mount Baker Summit Climb ...

    Guided: Aug 23 -- Aug 24

  3. Summer Haute Route

    Summer Haute Route

    Guided: Aug 25 -- Aug 30

  4. Karsten Delap in the 5th class pitch that accesses the actual ridge

    Chair Peak via West Ridge

    Alpental Valley

    Guided: Aug 30 -- Aug 30

  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. Fun climbing on the middle pitch

    The Tooth South Face

    Alpental Valley

    Guided: Sep 6 -- Sep 6

  4. In the exposed chock stone section

    Chair Peak via West Ridge

    Alpental Valley

    Guided: Sep 6 -- Sep 6

  1. Looking at Johannesburg never gets old.

    Mountaineering Course in ...

    North Cascades

    Instructional: Sep 9 -- Sep 13

  2. at the base of the ice pitches

    Mount Baker North Ridge

    Mt. Baker North Ridge

    Guided: Sep 19 -- Sep 21

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

    Pico de Orizaba Ski Desce...

    Mexico

    Guided: Oct 24 -- Oct 30

  4. Pin point search made easy

    AIARE 1 Avalanche Course

    Snoqualmie Pass

    : Dec 26 -- Dec 28

  1. Our outdoor classroom

    AIARE 1 Refresher

    : Jan 4 -- Jan 4

  2. Pin point search made easy

    AIARE Level 1 Avalanche C...

    Snoqualmie Pass

    : Jan 6 -- Jan 11

  3. Facets!

    AIARE Level 2 Avalanche C...

    Alpental

    : Jan 8 -- Jan 11

  4. Our outdoor classroom

    AIARE 1 Refresher

    : Jan 10 -- Jan 10

  1. The classic Cascade snowpack.

    AIARE Level 1 Avalanche C...

    Snoqualmie Pass

    : Jan 13 -- Jan 18

  2. Maritime snow climate pit craft!

    AIARE Level 1 Avalanche C...

    Snoqualmie Pass

    : Jan 20 -- Jan 25

  3. pinpoint search

    Advanced Transceiver Sear...

    Alpental

    : Jan 25 -- Jan 25

  4. Advanced Navigation

    Advanced Navigation

    Alpental

    : Feb 1 -- Feb 1

  1. Advanced terrain assessment

    AIARE Level 2 Avalanche ...

    : Feb 6 -- Feb 9

  2. The basics of a compression test

    AIARE Level 1 Avalanche C...

    Snoqualmie Pass

    : Feb 20 -- Feb 22

  3. Maritime snow climate pit craft!

    AIARE Level 1 Avalanche C...

    Snoqualmie Pass

    : Mar 3 -- Mar 8

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

    Fjords of Norway

    Northern Norway

    : Mar 16 -- Mar 21

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

    Short Bus Adventure Ski W...

    Switzerland

    Guided: Mar 30 -- Apr 4

  2. Amazing ski terrain below the Gran Zebru

    Ortler Ski Traverse 2015

    Ortler Range, Italy

    Guided: Apr 6 -- Apr 11

  3. 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

  4. Approaching camp near Ripsaw Ridge

    Spearhead Traverse

    BC Coast Range

    Guided: Apr 6 -- Apr 9

  1. 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

  2. Endless ski touring terrain

    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 20 -- Apr 25

  4. Taking a break on the Curtain morain

    Spearhead Traverse Expres...

    BC Coast Range

    Guided: May 8 -- May 10

  1. Waddington's North West summit

    Mt Waddington Ski Expedit...

    Coast Range, B.C., Canada

    Guided: May 8 -- May 17

  2. The Kautz Chute from Camp Hazard

    Mount Rainier Climb

    Mount Rainier National Pa...

    Guided: Jul 12 -- Jul 15

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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