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
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
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!
I carry an avalanche shovel about 3-4 days a week all winter long. For a piece of gear I rely on almost daily throughout the winter I am a bit picky when it comes to what model shovel I will carry. This winter I have been thoroughly testing the latest version of an Ortovox classic, … Continue reading Gear Review- Ortovox Pro Alu III Shovel + Pocket Spike
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!
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