WELCOME TO THE NEM COMMUNITY!
Thank you for choosing Northeast Mountaineering! We are looking forward to meeting you and working with you during your AIARE Avalanche 1 Course. At Northeast Mountaineering, we strive to give you the best education possible. We will work hard to make your time with us a success from start to finish!
ON THE DAY OF YOUR ADVENTURE
On the day of your scheduled climb we will meet at 8:00AM sharp at The Club at Christmas Mountain. The address is 100 Christmas Mountain Road, Bartlett, NH. You can find GPS directions by clicking here.
Just North of Story Land
- Take a right off Route 16 at Minttenwald Strasse at Kringles Pizza.
- Then take your first left onto Ludwig Strasse Rd.
- Take left onto Christmas Mountain Rd.
- The sign for the Club is about 100 yards on your left after Flagpole.
If you are late, we cannot wait for you, as a courtesy to our other climbers. Please plan your travel accordingly. Don’t forget to factor in pit stops, traffic, and navigation errors due to limited cell signals in the area.
For liability reasons, we do not offer transportation. Please plan to drive your car or carpool to the classroom and outdoor spaces.
Your AIARE Avalanche Course will run regardless of the weather. Come prepared for the worst and hope for the best!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Please wear synthetic materials such as wool, polyester, goose down, and tech wick. NO COTTON. We recommend that you layer your clothing so you can manage your body temperature appropriately. A proper backpack with a waist strap to carry your clothing, equipment, food and water is required.
We will provide first aid kits, shared group gear, ropes and other technical equipment as needed.
We do not provide food. Please plan to bring your own food for the course.
SKIING, RIDING OR SNOWSHOEING
For this course we will be accessing the backcountry. If you own a touring setup or split board we encourage you to skin with the instructor and ski or ride out at the end of the day. Please bring your own setups if you have them or you can rent them from us! If you do not ski or ride, please plan to snowshoe. You can rent them below if needed. We will be doing a short tour on day two and a full day tour on day three of the course. You will not need touring gear on day one.
HOW TO FIND US
You can find directions to The Bunkhouse at NEM here. We strongly encourage you to stay with us the night before and after your climb.
GRATUITIES and OTHER COSTS
Our guides are highly trained and have logged countless hours in the backcountry gaining the experience and knowledge it requires to become a guide for NEM. A typical gratuity for a job well done is 20% or $20pp/guide/day.
THE BUNKHOUSE AT NORTHEAST MOUNTAINEERING
Make sure to secure your space in The Bunkhouse online here. Use discount code ‘avybunk’ at checkout. This code may not work if you try to book more than one person at a time, so make individual reservations for each participant. Lodging is discounted for those who are registered for this course. Participants will save $10/night on lodging with the above coupon code.
The Bunkhouse is a fully-heated, hostel-style community bunkroom. It offers a dry, warm, and cozy place to catch some rest before and after your adventure. The Bunkhouse has one public shower with limited hot water. BYOB. Please bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
FOR MORE INFO
Please visit our website www.nemountaineering.com for more information on your climbing experience and to better prepare yourself. Also, friend us on Facebook for pictures and videos of past climbs and connect with others like yourself! Follow our guided climbs live on twitter, handle @nemguides. Share your adventure, share your success on Instagram with the hashtag #NEMGuides.
Here you will find a complete list of mandatory items for this adventure. For your convenience, we have many of these available to rent below. To make sure we have your gear rentals available, we ask you to take a few minutes to secure your rental as soon as possible. Gear rentals within 72 hours of your scheduled adventure are not guaranteed.
Beanie, Sunglasses, Goggles, Headlamp, Ski Helmet, Neck Gaiter or Buff
Base Layer, Light Insulating Layer, Heavy Insulating Layer, Parka
Base Layer, Climbing Pants, Hardshell Pants [Snowpants will suffice for climbing pants and hardshells]
Mountaineering Boots or Ski Boots, Skins. Microspikes and Snowshoes only if you are not skiing or riding
GEAR & EQUIPMENT
Beacon, Probe and Shovel, Backpack with Waist Strap
Light Glove , Heavy Mitten
NUTRITION & HYDRATION
Trail snacks for 6-8 Breaks per day, 2-3 Liters of Water in Nalgene Bottles [No Hydration Bladders]
SKIING, RIDING OR SNOWSHOEING
For this course we will be accessing the backcountry. If you own a touring setup or split board you are welcome to skin with the instructor and consequently ski or ride out at the end of the day. Please bring your own AT or Split Board setups as we do not have these available for rent. If you do not ski or ride, please plan to snowshoe, available for rent below.
8:00: Meet at Classroom (location TBD)
8:00-9:00: Introductions, Ice Breaker, Agenda, Course Goals, Logistics
9:00-10:00: Decision Making, Case Study
10:00-10:50: Avalanche Types & Character
10 minute break
11:00-12:00: Avalanche Terrain
12:00-12:45: Lunch Break
12:45-1:30: Companion Rescue, Indoor
1:30-4:30: Field Session, Trailhead Function Checks, Companion Rescue
4:30-5:00: Logistics for Day 2, Homework Assignments
8:00-8:30: Review of Day 1 Homework
8:30-9:30: Formation of Layers in the Mountain Snowpack
9:30-10:30: Field Observation Techniques and Recording
10 minute break
10:40-11:50: Planning and Prep (demo Trip Plan, Communication Checklist)
12:30-1:00: Travel Wisely
1:00-4:30: Field Session (location TBD), Range Checks, Observational Outing
4:30-5:00: Review Obs, Logistics for Day 3, map preview, homework assignments
8:00-4:00: Meet at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, Morning Trip Planning Session, Tour
4:00-5:00: Review the tour, debrief the course, course close