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Mountain as Mentor: An Uncensored Look at a Tragedy

  • Mazama Mountaineering Center 527 Southeast 43rd Avenue Portland, OR, 97215 United States (map)
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Our travels through the mountains are rich with what we need to learn to keep safe on future adventures. Events, non-events and near misses can be harvested for the information that can bolster our decision-making skills. Not paying attention to this information, resulted in deep consequence for Ken Wylie. Ken presents the lessons he missed that led to his role in the Durrand Glacier Avalanche tragedy in 2003 in this uncensored look at a tragedy and the maturation process that resulted.

Ken is an IFMGA guide, educator and author. His skill set ranges between the first ice climbing enchainment of Terminator, Replicant and Sea of Vapours in the Canadian Rockies to developing adventure programs to help the military veterans and homeless in his community. He has been on faculty at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University and Thompson Rivers University in adventure-based academic programs.

Through the skills of ski touring, rock climbing and mountaineering Ken pays credence to the human lessons along the way, helping his clients gain self-knowledge and leadership efficacy. Ken has developed the concept of "Adventure Literacy" based on the idea that the mountains are always presenting information to us through the process of adventure. He teaches his clients how to metabolize adventure events in order to harvest experience. Ken is the author of "Buried" 2014, which is about his path navigating through mountain tragedy.

Ken’s Pronouns: He/Him/His