Mountain Guide Manual Clinic

Since my copy arrived this past May I've been steadily devouring the massive amount of information contained in Marc Chauvin and Rob Coppolillo's recently published book, The Mountain Guide Manual: The Comprehensive Reference- From Belaying to Rope Systems and Self-Rescue. This past Wednesday I attended one of Marc Chauvin's Mountain Guide Manual Clinic's; the first of three … Continue reading Mountain Guide Manual Clinic

Pinnacle in 2 hours! Wilderness Navigation! Rock Climbing Cathedral Ledge!

Two weeks ago I wrote about my personal goal to climb the Northeast Ridge of the Pinnacle in under 2 hours car to car after doing it in 2:37. Last Thursday weather and a partner lined up for another attempt. We managed to shave about 10 minutes from the descent and some more time on … Continue reading Pinnacle in 2 hours! Wilderness Navigation! Rock Climbing Cathedral Ledge!

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

Customer Service Team Outing

A bunch of EMS Basecampers came up last week for a winter version of the “Climbapalooza” we did last summer. One day of ice climbing and an ascent of Mount Washington makes up this “Swing & Summit” adventure. I put together a quick recap of the two days using iMovie. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjGkJGKOn8A  

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

Ski Tech Training

Yesterday concluded a 2 day training program at the North Conway EMS organized by Ellen Moran, the Product Manager for AT and Telemark skis for Eastern Mountain Sports. In attendance were ski techs from 10 EMS stores and 2 Customer Service Reps. Product Reps from Black Diamond, G3, Scarpa, Dynafit, K2, 22 Designs, Marker, and … Continue reading Ski Tech Training

Mountain Rescue Service Training 10-18-11

I haven’t had much outdoor time lately to blog about as I’ve been busy becoming a dad, so it was nice to get out  for a couple hours yesterday late afternoon for some high angle rescue training with Mountain Rescue Service. We spent a couple hours at Cathedral Ledge practicing how to package a victim … Continue reading Mountain Rescue Service Training 10-18-11

New Hampshire Search & Rescue Annual Training

Yesterday at Cannon Mountain I attended an annual training for various search & rescue groups in NH, organized by NH Fish & Game. Groups in attendance were Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue (AVSAR), Mount Washington Observatory (MWO), Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), New England K-9 Search and Rescue, Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team (UVWRT), The Pemigewasset Valley … Continue reading New Hampshire Search & Rescue Annual Training