4th Avalanche Course of the Season

Another weekend, another avalanche course, but not the same conditions as the last course! Shallow snowpacks and prolonged cold led to some “Continental” type conditions during our Observational Outing on Day 2, and a blue bird day on our Ski Tour on Day 3 yielded a deep faceting snowpack with a lot of fellow backcountry travelers to watch and learn from.

Bluebird day in the ravine

Ho Jo’s porch

USFS Snow Ranger Jeff Lane discusses some of the current stability issues with the group

The Chute looks enticing

Recent wind loading was evident from the last weather event

Sluice and Right Gully seeing a lot of traffic

Kicking steps up towards the Chute

John’s first backcountry day (on skis)

Changing fall line

Another avalanche course poking in the snow near right gully

We conducted a quick Hand Shear test before crossing under the Chute:

John isolating a column to conduct a Compression Test

Descending from the near the mouth of the Chute

Clouds move in as we depart

Great conditions right now to take an avalanche course, so check out this link for details:


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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