AIARE 2 Avalanche Course

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

Geo-spatial PDF’s, CalTopo, and pre-winter training!

My head is still spinning from some of the info I've been able to pick up this past weekend. It all started Saturday morning with Marc Chauvin's, of Chauvin Guides, informative presentation on creating geo-spatial PDF's that can be uploaded into a smartphone GPS app to supplement your outdoor navigation capabilities. This somewhat esoteric topic is … Continue reading Geo-spatial PDF’s, CalTopo, and pre-winter training!

EMS Schools Guide Training

Occasionally guests ask me what type of training climbing guides go through to become guides. While the answer can vary dramatically from guide to guide, and company to company, I wanted to share some info about a training day last Friday at Whitehorse Ledge with EMS Climbing School Manager and AMGA Certified Rock Instructor Keith … Continue reading EMS Schools Guide Training

Mountain Rescue Service Training

Recently we have responded to rescue requests from Fish & Game of injured hikers in less than 5th class terrain where proper belaying of a litter may be necessary. Last Thursday about 20 members of North Conway based Mountain Rescue Service met atop Cathedral Ledge to practice some twin-rope technique lowering on lower angle terrain, including … Continue reading Mountain Rescue Service Training

2012 Climb Convergence

If you don't work for EMS you probably don't know what the Climbing Convergence is. Technically, it's staff training, but "staff training" does not begin to describe 160 employees from 60+ stores getting together in the heart of the White Mountains for 2 full days of climbing, clinics, training, hiking, cook-outs, camping, bonfires, slacking, and … Continue reading 2012 Climb Convergence

AIARE Instructor Refresher Course

Yesterday I observed and assisted with a Level 1 Instructor Refresher course at the AMC Highland Center. AIARE requires current instructors partake in an IRC every three years to stay current with changes to the curriculum of AIARE courses and to improve their teaching skills through a facilitated open group discussion on a variety of … Continue reading AIARE Instructor Refresher Course

Eastern Snow Avalanche Workshop 11-5-11

This past Saturday 80+ people attended the first annual Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop (ESAW). Members from organizations involved in avalanche education, snow science, and search and rescue from all over the greater New England area were in attendance. Presentations: Chris Joosen, Lead Snow Ranger for USFS on Mt. Washington gave a talk on Spatial … Continue reading Eastern Snow Avalanche Workshop 11-5-11