First AIARE Course of the Season

Yesterday wrapped up our first AIARE Avalanche Course of the season. Despite winter arriving late in the North East we had enough snow to make it happen. Our new conference room at EMS North Conway worked well as a convenient & comfortable classroom location. While I’ll miss the scenic classroom of the AMC Highland Center this new centralized location has allowed us to increase the amount of time we spend in the field on the 2nd & 3rd day of the course, which went over well for both students & instructors.

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New Conference Room at EMS Schools North Conway
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Previewing avalanche terrain in Crawford Notch
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Mt. Webster Slides
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Hermit Lake Snow Study Plot… I’ve never seen the brush here in January!
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New porch at HoJo’s
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Some clearing as we enter Tuckerman Ravine
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Mike’s group making some snow pack observations
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Mostly pencil hard wind slab with one interesting layer of buried graupel
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Looking up at the choke point in The Chute- Theodolite App
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Weather clears out as cold front comes in
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Field notes

While we had to cancel our mid-December avalanche course I’m content that this “first of the season” was quite productive. The changes in our course agenda seemed to work well and I’m looking forward to our next Avy course starting on 1/15. I also finally got to test out the Patagonia SnowDrifter Pack and will be posting a detailed review of that pack next week.

Patagonia 30L SnowDrifter Pack
Patagonia 30L SnowDrifter Pack- photo from Patagonia.com

See in you in the mountains,

NEAlpineStart

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Weather clears out as cold front comes in

 

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