The Masters

Jeff Ward - IFMGA/AMGA Guide

Jeff Ward is an IFMGA-licensed and AMGA-certified Alpine, Ski and Rock Guide. He grew up in the Northwest and is co-owner of North Cascades Mountain Guides ( based in Mazama. Ward is a lead instructor for the American Mountain Guides Association and serves on their technical committee.

Martin Volken - IFMGA Guide

Martin Volken is the founder and owner of Pro Guiding Service and Pro Ski and Mountain Service in North Bend, WA. He is a certified IFMGA Swiss Mountain Guide and guides over 120 days per year in North America and Europe as a ski, rock and alpine guide. Volken has pioneered several steep ski descents, ski traverses, alpine and rock routes in the Washington Cascades. He has been a member of the AMGA examiner team since 2000 and has authored and co-authored three books on ski touring and ski mountaineering.

Got a question about climbing? Submit your question in the Ask the Master forum and either Jeff Ward or Martin Volken will supply the answer.

Lowering from a Loaded Belay Plate
Lowering from a Loaded Belay Plate


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Mountain Masters - Question Submission Forum

Got a question about climbing? Your curiosity could win you a PRIZE from Outdoor Research.

To participate, simply submit a question in the forum below. AMGA/IFMGA mountain guide Jeff Ward or IFMGA mountain guide Martin Volken will supply the answer. The best question will be published in Rock and Ice magazine—if that’s your query, you win an Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody.

Questions should be about navigation devices this month (May 2017).

To ask and get answered, click on a relevant topic thread below or create a new one if the thread does not already exist (new users must register) and submit your question as a new post. One question per topic per person.

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