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

 

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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