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Westward Season 4 / Episode 2

Backcountry Philosopher

Brennan Lagasse moved to Tahoe for two reasons: the skiing and the Grateful Dead, and his passion for both went unrivaled. But over a decade in, Lagasse started to feel like he was missing something in his life.

So he got a master’s degree in environment and community and is currently pursuing a doctorate in sustainable education. He’s a professor in outdoor education at Sierra Nevada College, where he’s shaping the minds of tomorrow to be ethical and sustainable leaders of our natural world.


That’s not all Lagasse does. He’s a ski guide with Ice Axe Expeditions, where he leads trips to the Arctic, and with Points North Heli-Adventures, where he guides yurt-based touring expeditions in remote corners of Alaska, and he’s a freelance writer, sponsored skier, and social activist.


Oh, and Lagasse still spends more days in the backcountry than anyone.

Westward Series: Season 4

When the mountains call, you must answer. Or at least that’s what happened to the four characters profiled in the newest season of Flylow’s webisode series, Westward, produced by KGB Productions and now in its second season. Westward follows the life stories of four unique individuals who’ve chosen to forgo traditional lives—like desk jobs in skyscrapers and 9-to-5 commutes—for alternative paths in the mountains. They have ventured out on their own, choosing to risk it all to follow their inexplicable devotion to snow-covered peaks. Through that leap, they have become their own bosses, setting their own destiny and breaking their own trail in a world that’s rugged, wild, and beautifully unknown.