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Welcome to ULLR backcountry!

"Leadership and route decision-making should be a group process, made from ongoing discussion and observations of conditions, not by the fastest person way out front."  - Brad Martin

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Know Before You Go

Located in the popular mountain town of Bend, Oregon, ULLR backcountry provides training in avalanche hazard assessment, decision-making, and rescue. Backcountry education is a journey, not a race. As the volume of people recreating in the backcountry grows, the stakes for safe decision making have never been higher.  

At ULLR, we know that an avalanche is one of the most powerful things the mountain can throw at you. Our mission is to provide you with the tools, knowledge, and decision making skills necessary to minimize your exposure to risk in avalanche terrain. Whether you are a beginner or intermediate backcountry traveler, our courses provide valuable information tailored to your experience level. Let us help you make the most of your next backcountry winter adventure.

All courses are based out of Bend with the field portion occuring in Deschutes National Forest.

BRAD MARTIN - owner/instructor

Brad has an MA in experiential education and is an outdoor educator with 20+ years of experience teaching wilderness leadership and winter skills courses. He enjoys teaching Recreation Level 1, 2 and Rescue courses as an American Avalanche Association (A3) professional member.  He has 290+ field weeks with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) training outdoor educators. Brad has instructed professional organizations including NASA, Wildland Firefighters and the U.S. Naval Academy. He currently teaches in the Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership Program at Oregon State University - Cascades and in the Outdoor Leadership Program at

Central Oregon Community College. 

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