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/

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