Born and raised in Alaska, Blaine has a long history of playing and working in the outdoors. Blaine started guiding hiking trips in the Talkeetna Mountains and glacier hikes in the Chugach Mountains in 1987 and since then has combined a host of outdoor jobs to make a living. Blaine worked as a mountain guide for 20 years, guiding primarily in the Alaska Range and the Andes. He has also taught mountaineering for the University of Alaska and avalanche safety for Alaska Pacific University. Blaine started with the Alaska Avalanche School under the tutelage of Doug Fesler and Jill Fredston in 1989. After teaching thousands of students about avalanches and decision making in the backcountry, Blaine is more enthusiastic than ever to empower people to safely enjoy the backcountry. Blaine has been published in Accidents in North America, The Canadian Mountain Guides Journal, Lessons Learned II: A Guide to Using Case Studies in Outdoor Education and the International Technical Rescue Symposium Proceedings. Blaine lives with his wife Deb in the mountains outside Eagle River Alaska where he tries to get out skiing every day of the winter.