My name is Mark Langley. I grew up in Western Massachusetts, went to college in Boulder, Colorado, and have been hiking, camping, skiing, climbing, and paddling for over 40 years. Since the mid 1990s I have been a member of the National Ski Patrol, volunteering with Cascade Backcountry Ski Patrol (CBSP). As the name suggests, we patrol areas in the National Forest outside – sometimes far outside – the boundaries of the developed ski areas in the Central and North Cascades of Washington State. As a backcountry ski patroller I receive regular training in Outdoor Emergency Care, Avalanche Safety and Rescue, and CPR & AED for the professional rescuer.
For many years I have taught the National Ski Patrol’s Mountain Travel and Rescue course in Seattle. My particular area of interest is map, compass, and GPS use, and showing how these navigation tools can work together. The course also covers core backcountry skills such as appropriate clothing, nutrition, shelter, backcountry hazards, group dynamics, knots rigging, and search and rescue techniques. I use interactive presentation techniques, hands-on practice, and skill-building games in my instruction. In addition to my ski patrol teaching experience, I was a vocational teacher at a high school training student stage crews for 10 years and earned a secondary teaching certificate in English & Language Arts.
What I Am Not
I am not an extreme athlete. I have a solid background in the core skills that are central to hiking, climbing, and mountaineering safety, but I am not a professional mountain guide or mountaineering instructor. I provide my activities in relatively controlled environments such as classrooms, parks, and front-country environments. I do not take clients into high-risk environments.