AIARE 1 Avalanche Course, 1/24/14 – 1/26/14

Last Sunday we finished another amazing avalanche course. Despite the lower than average snow depths we have some fascinating conditions to contend with and learn from. Long periods of intense cold have led to Persistent Slab conditions much more common in Continental snow climates like Colorado. Added extreme high winds to the equation and we have created potential wind slabs sitting on persistent slabs. A better set up for an avalanche course couldn’t be made up… well… it could have been a little warmer last weekend. However 7 equipped and motivated students attended the weekend’s avalanche course and this strong team learned a lot about traveling in avalanche terrain during Considerable conditions. We are about halfway through our avalanche course season so if you haven’t signed up for a course yet don’t delay, some of the remaining dates have already sold out:

http://www.emsoutdoors.com/avalanche-training/

EMS AIARE Avalanche Course

Near Hillman’s

EMS AIARE Avalanche Course

Some old debris at the corner of Hillman’s Highway

EMS AIARE Avalanche Course

Pretty wicked conditions above treeline, -40 to -50 wind chills up there…

EMS AIARE Avalanche Course

A small natural crown in the bottom half of Hillman’s Highway

EMS AIARE Avalanche Course

Our group, with Hillman’s Highway behind us

EMS AIARE Avalanche Course

My field notes from Day 3

EMS AIARE Avalanche Course

Our Ski Descent on Day 3

EMS AIARE Avalanche Course

Snow-pack Observations on Day 2

EMS AIARE Avalanche Course

Snow-pack Observations on Day 2

EMS AIARE Avalanche Course

Morning Trip Planning Session on Day 3

 

Course schedule here:

http://www.emsoutdoors.com/avalanche-training/

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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