1-16-10 to 1-18-10 Level 1 Avalanche Course

We had a full house for our third Level 1 AIARE Course of the season. 12 aspiring back-country skiiers and riders came to North Conway to attend this course and we had some pretty interesting observations to make!

After a day of classroom we headed out to Crawford Notch during our "Observational Outing".

We came across some significant recent avalanche activity that was triggered less than 24 hours prior, most likely from the really warm weather we had the day before...

We conducted some snowpack observation tests...

On our 3rd day we toured up into some bigger terrain on Mt. Washington...

We really started to realize that the snowpack is made up of many distinct layers...

A short video of Wu conducting a “Compression Test” on a column of isolated snow…

Thank you guys for taking this course with EMSCS and for all your constructive questions and class participation. Hope to see you shredding in the back-county in the near future!

About David Lottmann

David has devoted his entire adult life to climbing - pushing his grade on recreational objectives and working as a professional mountain guide. After a stint in the United States Marine Corp, he was hired as a rock and ice instructor and since has expanded his repertoire to include alpine, skiing and avalanche education. David is an aspirant Rock Guide through the American Mountain Guide Association [AMGA], an American Institute for Avalanche Awareness and Education [AIARE] Course Leader, holds a Wilderness First Responder [WFR] and is a volunteer member of Mountain Rescue Service [MRS] and Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue [AVSAR]. In his free time, you will find David blogging, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, skiing, sharing micro-brews with friends or in the kitchen working on a new recipe in his home town of Conway, New Hampshire. He resides there with his wife, Michelle, his son, Alex and daughter, Madalena.
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