I hope you have all been having a great winter so far. For me the early season ice climbing was great with a couple Black Dike ascents getting it off to a good start. Then we got 82 inches of snow in December followed by another foot the first week of January and it appeared … Continue reading Mid Winter Season Check-in
This weekend we conducted our first AIARE Avalanche Course of the season and it was so lit! Seriously we couldn't have hoped for better weather and conditions! Combine that with our NEW classroom space at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center and we had a fantastic 3 days! Here's a quick recap! Friday After a morning … Continue reading First Avalanche Course of the Season!
The last weekend of winter provided one of the most spectacular 3 days of higher summits weather I have ever seen in March! Blue skis and almost non-existent wind led to some really enjoyable ski touring on Mount Washington during our second-to-last American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) course. Day One We kicked … Continue reading AIARE 1 Avalanche Course and hello Spring!
A couple weeks ago I kicked off this seasons weekly gear reviews with Outdoor Apps Review Part 1, where we looked at three of my most used outdoor apps; ViewRanger GPS (USA), MyRadar, and PeakFinder Earth. While those apps covered navigation & weather, for Part 2 of this series I'd like to focus on snow safety apps. Check … Continue reading Outdoor Apps Reviews Part 2 (Snow Safety Apps)
Yesterday wrapped up the 2nd AIARE 2 Avalanche Course of the season. Six Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing Guides, 3 from North Conway, 2 from The Gunks, and 1 from our Lake Placid location spent the last four days furthering their understanding of the avalanche phenomenon by improving their weather and snow-pack observation skills along with … Continue reading AIARE 2 Avalanche Course
Yesterday concluded our first AIARE 1 Avalanche Course of the season and conditions were great for such an early season course! Two EMS Schools New Paltz, NY guides and one of our North Conway guides joined 8 other aspirant back-country travelers to learn about decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain. What a treat it … Continue reading AIARE 1 Avalanche Course 12/19-12/21
The Mount Washington Avalanche Center issued it's initial General Advisory for the 2014/15 season a few days ago on December 6th. The current Winter Storm Warning has prompted an update today. Monday also saw the first reported human triggered avalanche of the season; "A climber was descending Yale Gully when he triggered a small avalanche … Continue reading Mount Washington Avalanche Center issues first General Advisory’s
It's a somber coincidence that during the first day of this season's Eastern Mountain Sports Schools Avalanche Course season we would have our first avalanche accident of the season occur on Mount Washington. Hours after finishing our first day of mixed classroom and companion rescue field sessions a Mountain Rescue Service call-out informed me there … Continue reading First Avalanche Course of the Season, and first Avalanche Accident