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Half Dome in a Day

P1: Should I bring my long underwear bottoms?  It feels cool right now at 3:45 a.m.  I’m wearing the long underwear under my pants, but I know I’ll likely warm up as soon as I start ascending the fixed line which goes to the top of Pitch 1 (P1). I decide to take the long […]

2018-19 Mid-term Report Card

What do you think? With some dire predictions in an El Nino Winter, I think we’re doing pretty well so far. The snowpack has gone through some periods of instability, but we have also had a fair amount of Low-Moderate avalanche danger. There have been some glorious periods of sunshine, but we haven’t had the […]

Navigating Complex Terrain: Lessons learned while writing an avalanche book

This blog is a copy of an article I wrote and will be published in the November 2018 Avalanche Journal, the professional journal for avalanche workers in Canada. I introduce some content from the new Avalanche Skills Training Handbook, the text for AST students starting winter 2018-19. I wrote the book with James Floyer from […]


It is almost May, and although there are still several metres of snow in the high elevations, the low elevation snow is finally melting. Mountain bike trails are opening and we are moving toward another summer in BC. But looking back, everyone is still raving about this past winter! Here are a few pictures and […]