This virtual workshop will be focused on the presentation of a climbing/mountaineering accident. The discussion-based format will begin with the introduction of the facts about the accident, followed by the accounts and supplemental information that was gathered at the scene or from the parties involved. We'll follow with an analysis of what exactly happened and how multiple interwoven variables led to the outcome. Lastly, we'll pivot towards a conversation about preventative practices, techniques, and decisions that could have led to a better outcome.

This will be a small group seminar held on Zoom with a maximum of 25 people in attendance. We recommend everyone who signs up to plan to utilize a computer or tablet to get the most out of the experience. We will also encourage everyone who feels comfortable doing so to turn on their video so we can try to replicate and in-person learning situation via our current 2D reality.

This webinar has a suggested donation of $15, but no participant will be turned away due to inability to pay. We are limiting the group size to a max of 25 people, so please only sign up if you plan to attend. After you sign up, you will be sent a Zoom link and a password, along with directions on how to participate in the webinar. To sign up, go to:

About the Instructor: Paul Taylor is a Portland-based climbing and mountaineering guide. He is an NWAC Instructor and the Oregon Regional Ambassador. He currently works as a lead guide for a Seattle based guide service, Kaf Adventures in addition to serving as an instructor with the NW Outward Bound School. Most recently, he became the Technical Training Director for POST 58, a climbing and mountaineering club for high school students based in Portland OR. Over the course of his 17-year career, he has worked as an instructor, facilitator, and guide for numerous outdoor education companies and guide services across the United States. His deep love of wild places and a passion for teaching have been a driving force in his professional and personal pursuits. His early adventures were focused on primitive living and survival skills and long-distance hiking, where he has racked up over 10,000 miles of trail-time, including thru-hikes of the AT, PCT, and many other trails. He is an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor and Alpine Apprentice. Additionally, he is an EMT-B, WFR, LNT Master Educator, and has an AIARE Rec 1 and 2 and AIARE Pro 1 avalanche certification. When he’s not teaching or working, he enjoys trail running, mountaineering, cooking, ice climbing, reading, and traveling with his wife and daughters.