• Remembering Lost Friends One year ago today, my world was shattered as I learned of the death of three amazing individuals, including of my favorite people in the world.  The phone calls came in with rapid succession as people got wind of a fatal avalanche at Stevens Pass.  Our community activated in search of information about the victims […]
  • The Most Important Steps in Emergencies and Photography I’ve been hitting the books and classroom again. It’s been a while, but it’s a refreshing change of pace to take on the student role. I’m studying for my Outdoor Emergency Care certificate (OEC). The immediate goal is to finish all of the training required to be a patroller in the Cascade Backcountry Ski Patrol, […]
  • Don’t Fear the Crash Go ahead, crash. Not your car, maybe not even your motorcycle, but crash something. Make a phone call you’re afraid to make, set up a shoot you’re uncomfortable doing, go too damn fast on your bike, whatever. Odds are, if you’re working at the edge of your comfort zone or beyond, you’ll blow it. Good. […]
  • Seeking simplicity Don’t get me wrong. I love me some heli skiing. Instant and exciting access to mountaintops, mind blowing descents, camaraderie. I recently spent four days immersed in this lifestyle in the mecca of the sport; Valdez, Alaska. It was everything you could hope it to be. Eventually I ran out of money (it’s easy to […]