My biggest takeaway from the Avalanche courses this weekend is that we can learn everything and anything about avalanches, the science of snow pack, the recipes for an avalanche, the types of terrain that will cause them, and so much more. But the key factor to it all is that it’s all about making decisions. The human factor plays the biggest role in staying alive in avalanche terrain. The question was asked “what kind of person are you? Do you get powder fever often? Do you blindly follow others who you think have more experience? Do you try and impress your friends?” It really got me reflecting on seriously what kind of person I am. I’m definitely a dreamer, I’ve got big mountain dreams. There are so many lines I want to climb and ride. Sometimes I get frustrated with the long learning curve, because there is just so much to learn about alpine environments. But right now im enjoying the journey it’s taken me on. I’m enjoying discovering myself in new ways the same way I’m discovering nature. To quote @carolinegleich who has said “I knew what I wanted to become, so I became.” I hope one day down the road I can say the same. But for now, achieving my avalanche level 1 certification is a step forward in that direction! The mountains still have so much to teach me.