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!

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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