For the third installment of this multi-post series on avalanche safety gear we take a look at the Ortovox line of avalanche shovels. Part 1: Avalanche Transceivers (Beacons) Part 2: Avalanche Probes Part 3: Avalanche Shovels Part 4: Avalanche Airbags (coming soon) Like your beacon and probe you should put some thought into what you … Continue reading Gear Review- Avalanche Safety Gear Part 3: Avalanche Shovels
For the second part of a multi-post series on avalanche safety gear we will take a look at avalanche probes and answer some questions to help you pick the right model. Part 1: Avalanche Transceivers (Beacons) Part 2: Avalanche Probes Part 3: Avalanche Shovels Part 4: Avalanche Airbags (coming soon) An avalanche probe is so … Continue reading Gear Review- Avalanche Safety Gear Part 2: Avalanche Probes
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 attended the sixth annual Eastern Snow & Avalanche Workshop and wrote a brief summary of the event with a few photos. Here, with permission, is a special sneak preview of the more detailed report my friend and colleague Jonathan Shefftz has written for The Avalanche Review before it goes to … Continue reading Eastern Snow Avalanche Workshop
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!
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)
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 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!