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 grew up skiing in the Whites and started climbing at a summer camp just north of Mt. Washington when he was 16. Those first couple of years solidified climbing as a lifetime passion. From 1996-2000 he served in the USMC, and spent the better part of those years traveling the globe (18 countries). After returning to civilian life he moved to North Conway to focus on climbing and was hired in 2004 as a Rock and Ice Instructor. Since then Dave has taken numerous AMGA courses, most recently attaining a Single Pitch Instructor. He has completed a Level 3 AIARE avalanche course, is a Level 2 Course Leader, holds a valid Wilderness First Responder and is a member of Mountain Rescue Service. When David isn't out guiding he enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, backcountry skiing, trying to cook something new once a week and sampling new micro-brews. He lives in Conway, NH with his wife Michelle, son Alex, and daughter Madalena.
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