Holy smokes what an amazing last four days and another Nor'Easter, the third one in 10 days, hits tomorrow! Thursday I spent Thursday at Wildcat wrapping up a Northeast Mountaineering Guides AIARE 1 Avalanche Course. It was a true powder day and we got in 3 solid laps including Thompson Brook while making snow-pack and … Continue reading Weekend Report- AIARE 1 Avalanche Course, Bates Outing Club, Backcountry Ski Festival, 2 Avalanche Accidents
Yesterday we finished our last avalanche course of the season with an AIARE 2 on Mount Washington. With back to back AIARE 1's and two AIARE 2's I fell behind on a bit of blogging so below you'll find photos from these courses: AIARE 1 March 4-6 AIARE 2 March 9-10/16-17 (Split Guides Course) AIARE … Continue reading The 2015/16 Avalanche Course Season has ended!
Despite it not being the best conditions for skiing this season Mother Nature has provided a complex snow pack to aid with our learning outcomes in each avalanche course. This past weekend was no exception as we wrapped up our 5th AIARE 1 avalanche course of the season. Another course down. Just one more L1 … Continue reading AIARE 1 Avalanche Course 2/26/16-2/28/16
Yesterday concluded our first AIARE 2 Avalanche Course of the season. Despite less than optimal field conditions the course was super productive in large part to the considerable amount of experience brought to the classroom discussions by the varied participants. We were fortunate to have 8000m veteran expeditionary leader Phil Crampton, owner and operator of … Continue reading AIARE 2 Avalanche Course
A couple weeks ago I had Suzanne in my most memorable AIARE 1 Avalanche Course to date. She had just entered the floor of the ravine with my co-instructor Mike when we witnessed a climber triggered avalanche that caught 5 people and injured two. As a doctor she was quick to volunteer to help US … Continue reading Avalanche Awareness/Mountain Skillz Day (2/7/16)
Our last day of our American Institute of Avalanche Research & Education Course ended with one of the most powerful experiences one can experience in avalanche education. A climber triggered an avalanche that caught and carried 4 climbers and 1 skier 800 feet down a 45 degree slope only a few feet a way from … Continue reading Avalanche in The Chute, 1/17/2016
Yesterday we concluded the first ever American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education Course on the summit of Mount Washington! The idea of holding an AIARE 1 Course in partnership with the Mount Washington Observatory has been brewing in my mind for years, and it finally turned into a reality! Early in the morning this past … Continue reading AIARE 1 Avalanche Course on the Summit of Mount Washington!
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
The equinox has come and gone and other than a bit more daylight to play in I haven't noticed much of a difference! Yesterday was one of the coldest days I've had this season as we concluded another AIARE 1 Avalanche Course but first lets talk about how awesome the ice climbing conditions are! Last … Continue reading Spring is here (Not Really)
It's been a fun filled 4 days with two ascents of Mount Washington, a multi-pitch ice climbing day at Willard, and a half-day of ice climbing with the excellent kids of Brooks School from North Andover, MA at the North End of Cathedral. Winter is in full swing and I have a day off tomorrow to … Continue reading Washington, Willard, Washington, Cathedral, and nights thinking about avalanches…