SierraDescents | Category | Safety

The Five-Minute Avalanche Challenge

The San Juan Backcountry

For a while I've wanted to try to explain everything I think you need to know about avalanches in five minutes or less. Not "everything there is to know" (which would be (more)

Mouse Trap

Parker Brothers Mouse Trap Game

When an accident happens, what does it mean? Or, to put it another way, what does it reveal? After reading this post, you will be able to answer that question—at least, as (more)

On Not Dying

Aplenglow on Mount Mallory, California

What I find particularly abhorrent is when people get themselves killed in the backcountry with little to no awareness they were in imminent danger. If you're standing atop a (more)

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