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Podcast by Caleb Merrill

The Avalanche Hour Podcast Caleb Merrill

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    • 4.9 • 135 Ratings

Podcast by Caleb Merrill

    6.11 Judson Wright

    6.11 Judson Wright

    In this installment of The Avalanche Hour Podcast; Wes Gregg sits down on a Zoom call with the owner/operator of Kootenay Backcountry Guides, Judson Wright! Judson is the lead guide of Kootenay Backcountry Guides. After finishing high school in Ontario, Judson moved to the Kootenays and started his backcountry journey. While learning to ski tour in the Whitewater and Kootenay Pass backcountry, the seeds of an idea to bring a local ski guiding operation to the Kootenays were planted in his head. He spent the next 10 years exploring the mountains of western Canada and getting his A.C.M.G. guiding certification. Over time Judson fell in love with showing others the incredible backcountry in his backyard. In 2016 he officially launched Kootenay Backcountry Guides with a mission to increase safety in the backcountry and help others get the most out of their winter backcountry adventures. Judson and I discuss his history, vision, and the future of Avalanche Education. Please enjoy!

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    Music in this episode is used with permission of the artist, Age Diamante

    Artwork by Mike Tea, miketea.com

    Episode produced by Wes Gregg

    • 1 hr 14 min
    6.10 Travis Feist

    6.10 Travis Feist

    In Episode 6.10, I sit down with Travis Feist. Travis is a pro observer for the Sierra Avalanche Center, longtime avalanche educator, ski guide, and former ski patroller. He splits his time between his skis and his sled, and talks about how his approach to heading out for a day on his sled may differ from a day of ski touring. An all around great conversation that is rounded out with a story of a lesson learned by Travis. braaap. Music on this track is by Age Diamante.

    • 51 min
    6.9 Eeva Latosuo

    6.9 Eeva Latosuo

    Show Notes:
    Eeva and I met through our work with the American Avalanche Association and have spent many seasons working through ways to improve the educational landscape in the US. Her tireless efforts, unique skillset, and overall amazing demeanor inspire me as an educator. For this conversation, we talk about things not directly related to avalanche education, but instead focus on the state of the avalanche community in various areas, how to support each other’s mental health, and share a few anecdotes about time well spent in the mountains. It is with great pleasure that we present this information to our listeners so they can benefit from her worldly perspective. Check out a new research project she is engaged with below:

    Invitation to participate in Winter 2021-22 Research project


    Do you go out to backcountry to ski or ride regularly? We need your help this winter to collect information about how groups decide where they go to play. This research will increase our understanding on where folks go to ski or ride and why. The participants will fill out a weekly online questionnaire for a minimum of one month. Yes - it will be a commitment, but we will make it as easy for you as possible.
    Example questions:
    When did you decide where to go?
    Who did you go with?
    What factors made you decide to go there?
    But don’t worry about sharing information about your secret stash - the participation is confidential and no details about your personal choices will be shared in public.

    Interested? Fill out this contact form. We will then email you in late December to get you set to participate in the research.

    Questions? Email Eeva Latosuo elatosuo@alaskapacific.edu
    Research methods have been approved by Alaska Pacific University.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    6.8 - Arianna Tricomi And Markus Kogler

    6.8 - Arianna Tricomi And Markus Kogler

    Time for another look to the other side of the Atlantic- the Alps. This third episode by the Austrian Avalanche Association starts off with avalanche forecasters Matthias Walcher and Christoph Mitterer chatting about a challenging early season snowpack concerning most of the Eastern Alps. With a persistent weak layer close to ground, strong winds, significant loading and ski resorts still partially closed due to a nation wide lockdown, Austria already claims 4 tragic avalanche fatalities.

    The second part of this episode features 3 x Freeride World Tour Winner Arianna Tricomi and FWT Open Faces organizer and mountain guide Markus Kogler. Listen in to find out more about these Freeride events and the safety measures surrounding their organization.

    Austrian Association for Snow and Avalanche
    www.oegsl.at - die Webseite der ÖGSL

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    Episode produced by Wes Gregg @wesleylgregg on Instagram

    Music provided with permission from the artist:

    Ketsa - Full Hands Empty Heart

    Artwork provide by Mike Tea

    • 59 min
    6.7 Tom Carter

    6.7 Tom Carter

    I caught up with Tom Carter at his home in Lake Tahoe earlier this fall. Tom shares some of his experiences and lessons learned in the mountains. From his early days climbing in the Yosemite valley to exploring snow capped mountains of the Sierra to 30 years of heli ski guiding in the Ruby Mountains, Tom has found joy in all of his adventures. You'll be sure to like this one.

    Music by Age Diamante @agediamante

    • 1 hr 16 min
    6.6 Avalanche Mamas - Wren McElroy, Bree Stefanson, Lisa Paulson

    6.6 Avalanche Mamas - Wren McElroy, Bree Stefanson, Lisa Paulson

    Three experienced women from the Canadian Avalanche industry sit down with guest host Dom Baker for a conversation about parenting and motherhood as an avalanche worker.

    Lisa Paulson is an ACMG mountain guide – the 8th female fully accredited ACMG mountain guide in Canada. She works as a Visitor Safety Specialist for Parks Canada, doing technical rescue as well as highway and public avalanche forecasting. When time allows, she guides both mechanized skiing and ski touring, as well as teaches both recreational and professional level avalanche courses. Lisa lives in Banff with her family, that includes two kids launching into the teen years!

    Wren McElroy is currently a lead forecaster with 6 Point Engineering on the Kemano T2 project in Northwestern BC. Wren has taught both recreational and professional avalanche courses and previously was the Snow Safety Supervisor at Whitewater Ski Resort in Nelson, BC. Wren is mom to Conrad, 21 River, 17 and stepmom to Jack 13.

    Bree Stefanson is an Avalanche Technician with the BC Ministry of Transportation Bear Pass Avalanche Program based in Stewart, BC, as well as a SAR Manager with Stewart Search and Rescue. Prior to this role she did other highways avalanche work, as well as industrial avalanche work throughout northwestern BC. Bree got her start in the avalanche patch as a pro patroller at Castle Mountain Resort. She is also a former CARDA avalanche dog handler. Bree lives in Stewert with her family, including a young daughter.

    Music in this episode used with permission from the artist - Age Diamante "I Do Love You"

    Produced by FBRrecording - Wes Gregg

    The Avalanche Hour Podcast logo designed by Mike Tea

    The Avalanche Hour Podcast is made possible with the support from:

    Wyssen Avalanche Control

    10 Barrel Brewing

    Interwest Insurance

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
135 Ratings

135 Ratings

nordic gnome ,

Love it

Great listen way better than other avalanche podcasts I have heard

shane_saw ,

Amazing Community Resource

I always pick up a nugget or two (or ten) from the guests. Such a great way to keep the Avy brain sharp.

Scout's Handler ,

Great content and guests

Caleb and the other hosts do a great job of bringing individuals from every aspect of the avalanche world, including the biggest names and the lesser known folks, into conversations about their work and the industry in general. I’ve learned a ton listening to this podcast and the diversity of guests keeps it fresh. Keep it up!

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