Instructor Qualifications

James Marc Beverly

Beverly Mountain Guides / Strike Rescue

Olympia, WA

(505) 264-8364 (Hm)

AIARE Qualifications:

Level 1 Course Leader
Level 2 Course Leader

Other Qualifications:

J. Marc Beverly is the only Level 1 or Level 2 AIARE instructor/provider in the state of New Mexico. As such, he is able to bring a Southwestern outlook to courses in New Mexico and Southern Colorado where the snowpack varies considerably. Backcountry travel in New Mexico is a relatively untouched resource in comparison to other states in the Rocky Mountains. He also teaches avalanche courses abroad.

Marc is a IFMGA licensed Mountain Guide. He has over 35 years of Search and Rescue experience, and has been the National Mountain Rescue Association Delegate for Avalanche for the International Commission of Alpine Rescue (ICAR) for the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) of the US, and has worked closely with Mountain on rescue skills standardization and development as the UIAA Executive Board Member in correspondence.

Educational experience: BS-EMS, WEMT-P I/C, M-PAS, Nationally Board Certified and licensed Physician Assistant, and obtained his PhD in Exercise Science at the University of New Mexico.

He has been published in rescue and climbing literature for his research and papers on belay devices, complex trackline forces, multi-point anchors, ice screws & ice anchors, Dynamic Sequential Failure Research as well as Medical Care in SAR, and is recognized internationally.

He takes a multi-faceted approach to help the student make use of abstract ideas and make sense of the most recent research in an easy to understand format. His teaching background includes being faculty at several universities as well as being the program director for the USAF Pararescue Paramedic program, and helped build the technical rope rescue education platform for the International Mountain Medicine Center at the University of New Mexico.

"By not taking an avalanche course does not absolve one from becoming an avalanche statistic...even in the desert." - J. Marc Beverly

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