AIARE 1 Avalanche Course 3/23/13 – 3/25/13

Yesterday wrapped up our 2nd to last AIARE 1 Avalanche Course. 10 participants enjoyed mid-winter snow conditions after a late March snowstorm dumped over a foot of fresh on the mountain. Field conditions were perfect to learn about decision making in the back-country.

EMS School Guide Keith Moon addresses the group before we head out on an observational outing on Day 2
EMS School Guide Keith Moon addresses the group before we head out on an observational outing on Day 2
Heading out to the southeast side of Mt. Willard for some field work
Heading out to the southeast side of Mt. Willard for some field work
EMS School Guide Keith Moon demonstrates how to measure slope angle in the field, an important component in Terrain Selection
EMS School Guide Keith Moon demonstrates how to measure slope angle in the field, an important component in Terrain Selection
Heading out on our Ski Tour on Day 3
Heading out on our Ski Tour on Day 3
174cms of snow at the Hermit Lake snow stake
174cms of snow at the Hermit Lake snow stake
Conducting a quick hand-shear test below Connection Cache
Conducting a quick hand-shear test below Connection Cache
Entering Tuckerman Ravine with the very large crown visible in the bowl...
Entering Tuckerman Ravine with the very large crown visible in the bowl…
Spreading out and ascending up towards Right Gully
Spreading out and ascending up towards Right Gully
Checking out the layering on a 34 degree SSE slope at 4,400ft
Checking out the layering on a 34 degree SSE slope at 4,400ft
Wildcat in the background
Wildcat in the background
Our pit location
Our pit location
A shot of the crown before descending the Little Headwall
A shot of the crown before descending the Little Headwall
Day's tour notes
Day’s tour notes
Keith facilitates a course debrief
Keith facilitates a course debrief

Well our last avalanche course of the season is next weekend, and temps look to be staying below freezing up high and snow showers are expected up there tonight and tomorrow so our snow-pack should stay dynamic for the last course, which has 1 spot left in it. So… last chance… if you wanted to get this course in this season call the school office now! 800-310-4504!

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