|Ridge Explorations Staff|
Why choose Ridge Explorations Avalanche Education?
Ridge Explorations offers the highest quality Avalanche Education. The avalanche education program began with Gary Brill, 24 years ago and continues to be revised with the latest advances in avalanche knowledge. Our curriculum is built on a foundation of snow science AND practical application. Like the students, instructors, Jerry Casson, Willi Prittie, and Don Langlois continue to train by attending professional avalanche conventions and continuing professional development events, most recently including International Snow Science Workshops 2008 & 2010, Northwest Snow and Avalanche Summits and AIARE Instructor Training Course. Ridge Explorations is an AIARE Course Provider. This kind of training means your instructors are versed in the latest in avalanche industry theory and practice.
Don's nautical background includes US Coast Guard 100 Ton Masters license, Able Bodied Seaman, sailing instructor, yacht delivery skipper, member US Sailing Association, and Applied Science Degree in Marine Technology. Voyages include Pacific Coast to the Arctic and New England to Carribean Sea.
Assistant Guide and Marketing This season we are welcoming Heiko to lead REX Avalanche Safety and Rescue classes and other guided trips and to also work with community outreach and marketing.
Heiko works full time as a paramedic. With 28 years in Medical/Fire services, he is developing our REX medical programs. He is currently working on his Ski Mountaineering guide training. Heiko has skied the Oregon and Washington Cascades and interior British Columbia most of his life. Crystal is his home mountain, yet is frequently spotted on Mt. Hood. Heiko also teaches advanced medical continuing education to medical professionals. Level 1 Certified. Wilderness First Aid and First Responder Instructor.
Cliff Palmer -
Cliff has been a professional alpine guide and outdoor educator for over 18 years. During this time he has led trips and taught courses in South America, North America, and Europe. His outdoor venues include: mountaineering, rock-climbing, ice climbing, avalanche education, ski touring, sea-kayaking, and adventure trekking. He has been teaching avalanche education courses for 9 years. Cliff has received his professional training through the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), Association Canadian Sea Kayak Guides (ACSKG), and National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Cliff is a Professional member of AIARE and certified AIARE Level 1 and Level II instructor. Cliff is also a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR).
Hiking Guide. Her passion for the outdoors is matched by her desire to share these experiences with others. She considers Crystal Mountain to be her big backyard year round. When she is not hiking, you will find her exploring the Cascade Mountains on a mountain bike, in a raft or on skis. In the winter she coaches ski racing to aspiring athletes at Crystal Mountain. She has guided and explored numerous white-water rivers all over the world. Tamara loves to help people find joy and connect with the beauty, tranquility and challenge that the mountain wilderness provides.