Went through hassles as usual getting out of Logan International even with getting permission to use the TSA Good Behavior line.....but I'm here now in Estes Park.
In September, Colorado Mountain School contacted me about instructing at 3 AIARE courses in January. They suggested I work with Al who I've been working with at Acadia Mountain Guides in the second half of January but that would be taking 2 AIARE instructors outta' New England at the same time which strains the big picture. So we decided on me coming out early January because that would give me a chance to be mentored by others. We actually first discussed me instructing here when I ran into Joey and Russell at Colorado Snow & Avalanche Workshop in Breckenridge in 2017.
I've stumbled across a number of professionals with CMS (Colorado Mountain School) who've all been very good to me. Instructor Mike, emergency snow shelter mate Mike, Mia, Russell, Joey Tee have all been helpful to me and all work for CMS.
I was a bit nervous at first upon arrival here but upon reviewing the materials......I got this! Then Al and I talked over the phone and I then got excited about the scene. I'm actually here in a nice condo that CMS provides for guides. We'll be going into Rocky Mountain National Park where right now the wind is blowing. Lotsa' new snow on top of weak facets, hence a classic Colorado scenario hence pretty spooky; I've been following the CAIC bulletins for weeks as I should. As I came into town coming over the top of the hill on US 36 (or is it 34) I could see the Front Range with lotsa' evidence of huge scouring which means lotsa' wind loading.
Monster challenges for me coming up......