Mountain Culture Archives

Oct 10, 2020

The Ultimate Guide
to Backcountry Skiing

The Ultimate Guide to Backcountry Skiing and Riding After each one of our courses at Baker Mountain Guides, we do our best to provide useful resources to our students so they can continue their education and not completely forget all the things they learned from us. There’s a lot of great information out there, but […]

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Jun 27, 2020

Human Factor in
Backcountry Skiing

Human Factor in Backcountry Skiing and Riding The majority of avalanches catching people are triggered by the person skiing/riding or someone in their party. Though some of these incidents are the result of ignorance, the vast majority occur because the party involved made critical decisions based on human emotion and desire (The Human Factor) rather […]

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Oct 10, 2020

Winter Backcountry Trail Etiquette

The 10 Commandments of Winter Backcountry Trail Etiquette Say you’re going up an established skin track and a group of bandit snow-shoers are descending upon you like an unruly pack of cackling cayotes clutching White Claws. Who has the right of way? How can you engage with other backcountry users in a respectful way that […]

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Apr 20, 2021

Reverence, Respect,

Reverence, Respect, Reciprocity: A Sustainable Future for Recreation Recreate [ rek-ree-eyt ]: verb: to give new life or freshness to, refresh. To restore physically or mentally. On a trip across the North Cascades Highway this past autumn I witnessed something that I’d never seen before in my lifetime: 700 cars parked at Rainy Pass. The […]

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Jun 24, 2020


Reimagining Recreation The deer sees me before I see it. This is usually how it goes. Sometimes they bolt, sometimes they stare at me, frozen, waiting for anything to move. I’ve made an art out of courting these deer, trying to see how much of their trust I can earn. Oftentimes, I’ll kneel down, attempting […]

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Apr 13, 2017

Reflections from the Rope Line

Greg Morgan climbed Mt. Baker as a guest with Baker Mountain Guides. He has written a thoughtful account of his experience on his personal blog, and graciously permitted us to share and re-post his words here. To read more of Greg’s writings, please visit his Blog: Midlife Sabbatical One of my great delights this summer […]

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