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Bio


Mountain Savvy is a provider of avalanche safety courses in the Northwest.

Two, three and four-day courses consisting of video presentations, interactive discussion and hands-on field training with state-of-the-art snow rescue equipment.  Participants learn to read the clues of snowpack, weather and terrain; evaluate hazard and assess risk; Participate in beacon searches; Analyze and test snow stability; Participate in search & rescue scenarios. 

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Bio


Mountain Savvy is a provider of avalanche safety courses in the Northwest.

Two, three and four-day courses consisting of video presentations, interactive discussion and hands-on field training with state-of-the-art snow rescue equipment.  Participants learn to read the clues of snowpack, weather and terrain; evaluate hazard and assess risk; Participate in beacon searches; Analyze and test snow stability; Participate in search & rescue scenarios. 

 

Mountain Savvy's founder, Glenn Kessler, started teaching avalanche safety courses 20 years ago as a way to mentor backcountry skiers and help the local community enjoy the backcountry in a safer, more responsible way.

In 2014, Glenn brought aboard two new partners to help fill the demand for avalanche education, Wes Baumann and Dave Watson.  Both men are professional ski patrollers logging countless hours in avalanche terrain.

 

Wes Baumann

-Professional ski patroller for 14 seasons working on Mt Hood

-Climbing Ranger at Mount Rainier National Park

-Climbing Ranger on Mt Hood

-Emergency Medical Technician 

-Search & Rescue Volunteer

 

Dave Watson

-Professional ski patroller for 16 years, 7 on Mt Hood

-Mountaineering, rock climbing and ski guide

-2 time Mount Everest summitter

-Wilderness First Responder, Outdoor Emergency Care, CPR for the Professional Rescuer

-Leave No Trace Trainer

-Certified Rope Access Technician