AIARE Avalanche Course 1/31/14 – 2/2/14

Just wrapped up an awesome 3 Day AIARE 1 Avalanche Course. Conditions couldn’t be better with reactive Wind Slab, Storm Slab, and Persistent Slab all making an appearance. 13 inquisitive and engaged students helped contribute to a very productive 3 days ending today with an excellent field day in Tuckerman Ravine.

EMS Schools Avalanche Course
Getting ready for a range check on our beacons
EMS Schools Avalanche Course
Mike talks about measuring slope angles on Mt. Willard, Crawford Notch
EMS Schools Avalanche Course
AM Trip Planning at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
EMS Schools Avalanche Course
AM Trip Planning at Pinkham Notch
EMS Schools Avalanche Course
Beacon Checks heading up Tuckerman Ravine Trail
EMS Schools Avalanche Course
Getting close to Hermit Lake

I took a minute at Hermit Lake to review the shovel I have been using this season:

EMS Schools Avalanche Course

Staying warm?
EMS Schools Avalanche Course
Check out the pencil hard slab that failed under 1 finger slab while a student was digging out his chimney…
EMS Schools Avalanche Course
Positive Tilt Test results

Some cool Compression Test Results, not sure why I am having an issue embedding these at the moment so for now here’s the link:

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Our high point, just to the right of the mouth of Right Gully
EMS Schools Avalanche Course
My field notes from the day

Avalanche Awareness course tomorrow followed by an Observatory Overnight this weekend, and our one and only AIARE 2 course the following weekend. Two big storms in the forecast, so things should be exciting!

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