AIARE Avalanche Course 1/31/14 – 2/2/14

Just wrapped up an awesome 3 Day AIARE 1 Avalanche Course. Conditions couldn’t be better with reactive Wind Slab, Storm Slab, and Persistent Slab all making an appearance. 13 inquisitive and engaged students helped contribute to a very productive 3 days ending today with an excellent field day in Tuckerman Ravine.

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Getting ready for a range check on our beacons

EMS Schools Avalanche Course

Mike talks about measuring slope angles on Mt. Willard, Crawford Notch

EMS Schools Avalanche Course

AM Trip Planning at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center

EMS Schools Avalanche Course

AM Trip Planning at Pinkham Notch

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Beacon Checks heading up Tuckerman Ravine Trail

EMS Schools Avalanche Course

Getting close to Hermit Lake

I took a minute at Hermit Lake to review the shovel I have been using this season:

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Staying warm?
EMS Schools Avalanche Course

Check out the pencil hard slab that failed under 1 finger slab while a student was digging out his chimney…

EMS Schools Avalanche Course

Positive Tilt Test results

Some cool Compression Test Results, not sure why I am having an issue embedding these at the moment so for now here’s the link:

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Our high point, just to the right of the mouth of Right Gully

EMS Schools Avalanche Course

My field notes from the day

Avalanche Awareness course tomorrow followed by an Observatory Overnight this weekend, and our one and only AIARE 2 course the following weekend. Two big storms in the forecast, so things should be exciting!

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About David Lottmann

David grew up skiing in the Whites and started climbing at a summer camp just north of Mt. Washington when he was 16. Those first couple of years solidified climbing as a lifetime passion. From 1996-2000 he served in the USMC, and spent the better part of those years traveling the globe (18 countries). After returning to civilian life he moved to North Conway to focus on climbing and was hired in 2004 as a Rock and Ice Instructor. Since then Dave has taken numerous AMGA courses, most recently attaining a Single Pitch Instructor. He has completed a Level 3 AIARE avalanche course, is a Level 2 Course Leader, holds a valid Wilderness First Responder and is a member of Mountain Rescue Service. When David isn't out guiding he enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, backcountry skiing, trying to cook something new once a week and sampling new micro-brews. He lives in Conway, NH with his wife Michelle and son Alex.
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