Ascent Outdoors

Our go to Ski Shop in Seattle that is committed to offering the backcountry and alpine community a place to find the best gear and latest news from the mountains, as well as a venue to swap stories and meet new ski buddies to explore Northwest terrain. You’re as likely to see owner Adam Justin in the shop as you are to run into him in the mountains, where he spends most of his time off.

Field Touring Alpine (FTA) has been serving the independently minded climber and trekker since 1994. With bases in the Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA and field offices in season in Mendoza Argentina, and Skardu, Pakistan., FTA keeps developing and operating alpine and expedition programs at the highest level since pioneering dozens of Karakoram treks for University students in the early 1990’s. Leading the way to the highest point on the Earth’s surface, to the top of the world’s highest active volcano, to the top of the highest peaks in North and South America, on the longest ice traverse in the Himalayas, and forged new routes into areas that were, until recently, just ‘blanks on the map’.

Friends Northwest Weather Avalanche Center

The Friends of the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (FOAC) is a coalition of individuals and groups working to support the Avalanche Center and to provide public education and awareness about avalanches and avalanche safety.


Lorpen began as a small manufacturer of technical socks in the Basque region of Spain in the early 1980’s. Our founders were looking to make innovative and functional socks for walking and hiking enthusiasts. We are now a company with manufacturing facilities located on two continents and we sell our socks in 56 countries worldwide.

American Institute Avalanche Research Education

The mission of the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education is to:
Save Lives Through Avalanche Education’
The specific goals of AIARE are:

  • Increase the public awareness of avalanches and avalanche safety.
  • Provide high quality avalanche education thereby enhancing public awareness and safety.
  • Provide avalanche instructors with the curriculum, training and tools with which to educate students about the knowledge, methods, and decision making skills necessary to travel in avalanche terrain.
  • Develop an international network of professional avalanche educators, and provide educational development in the form of instructor training courses and opportunity for continued learning.