Editor’s Note: Author Sam Thackeray is the lead avalanche instructor in our Essential Guide to Backcountry Basics and Avalanche Awareness with Inspire Courses. He helps viewers learn to make smart, safe decisions on their quest for untracked powder. The class is currently on sale for the Holiday season. Find out more, here.
Brian is the kind of guy with overwhelming enthusiasm and positivity. He’s especially stoked on skiing, and tenfold on skiing in remote, wild places that involve a lot of slogging and suffering. Ultimately, that’s the kind of personality you want in a partner for the kind of trip we are about to embark on: a 16-day traverse, covering 130 miles and 67,000 vertical feet through the largest roadless area in the Lower 48 states, the Frank Church Wilderness.