Teamwork in the mountains is paramount, but it can take many years to develop relationships with trustworthy backcountry partners to the point where you form a routine that serves as a backcountry safety net. Jeff Dostie, my Tour Camp co-guide for Points North Heli-Adventures (PNH) in Cordova, Alaska is someone I have grown to rely on. Through our relationship, we have developed a routine that we use to keep our clients and ourselves safe.
Last May, Ice Axe Expeditions traveled to the archipelago of Svalbard, Norway, just 600 miles below the North Pole. Here are nine couloirs that represent the uniqueness of getting walled in above the Arctic Circle.