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
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!
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
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
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
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
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