What started out small, in a basement with 40 or 50 people has steadily grown over the past few years. Last year our attendance was just over 200, our audience ranged from high school students to weathered winter veterans from all around the country. Each year we grow and that growth seems to move toward the right place at the right time. This year we are excited to announce that ESAW will be funding a new grant in partnership with The American Alpine Club and their Live your Dream Grant program. From the beginning ESAW has been about sharing information and educating those of us that get out into the back-country during the winter. This partnership is a giant step in making that education and funding more visible and accessible. We’ll be talking more about it on November 7th and 8th and look forward to see where this partnership will lead to next. Here’s a bit more details on the grant.
NEW FOR WINTER 2014-2015, thanks to a generous gift there is additional funding for one or more Live your Dream Grant – the Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop (ESAW) Award. This additional funding for the next 3 years is for applicants whose dream involves the passion to experience mountain and alpine climbing endeavors, but who require additional competency training in avalanche awareness and recognition. The ESAW Award is designed to support hands-on education or training preceding the applicant’s trip. Applicants should include details on the specific instruction or competency needed that includes the school, course or guide details that uses avalanche curriculum established by the American Avalanche Association (AAA), the American Avalanche Institute (AAI), the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) , or the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) to help attain their dream climb along with contents of the Live Your Dream application. There will also be annual ESAW attendance seats awards each year for 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Thank you American Alpine Club and thank you to everyone that has attended or will attend ESAW!
Not sure why anyone from Utah would come back east during the dark and gloomy month of November but one of the long time forecaster from Logan will be here to talk snow, avalanches so if you’re heading out to Utah this winter you might want to register and listen to what these guys have to say.
Karl Birkeland will be one of the speakers at this years Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop.
Mark your calendar and clear your schedules for November 8th, 2014
New location will be at the Theater in the Woods and we will be adding a Friday night social to make some more time to get together with old friends and new perhaps have a beer and talk snow, gnar and whatever else gets your through the long New England autumns.
3nd Annual Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop-ESAW2013 North Conway, New Hampshire 11/09/2013
0730 – 0815 Registration
0815 – 0830 Welcome, Introduction and Housekeeping – Kyle Tyler and Chris Joosen
0830 – 0915 Avoiding Avalanches Through Quality Weather Observations in the Field
Rebecca E. Scholand, Mount Washington Observatory
0915 – 1000 Winter Use in Baxter State Park
Ben Woodard Chief Ranger, Baxter Maine State Park and Bob Baribeau, Mahoosuc Search and Rescue
1000 – 1015 Break -1015 Raffle
1015 – 1100 Human Behavior at the Ski Area Boundary
Doug Richmond, Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol Director
1100 – 1200 Short Sessions
Chic-Chocs Avalanche Bulletin: Behind the Scenes
Julie LeBlanc, Haute Gaspesie Avalanche Center 15 min
Update on Eastern Man-Made Snow Avalanches
Roger Damon, Army Colonel , Engineer, NSP Patrol Director, Pilot, Retired 15min
AvaTech-Changing the Game in Proactive Avalanche Safety
Brint Markle, AvaTech 30 min
1200 – 1300 Lunch -1300 Raffle
1300 – 1345 The Two Stages of Wet Snow; the Basic Physics and Why We Care
Sam Colbeck, U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (Retired)
1345 – 1430 Uncertainty in Avalanche Decision Making
Dale Atkins, Recco and American Avalanche Association President
1430 – 1445 Break – 1445 Raffle
1445 – 1530 Using “Avalanche Problem” Descriptors to Communicate Risk
Tim Brown, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education
1530 – 1630 Short Sessions
Meteorological Variability on Mount Washington-Theoretical and Practical Applications
Jeff Lane, USFS Mount Washington AC and Cyrena Briedé Mount Washington Observatory 15min
Recco Avalanche Rescue System
Dale Atkins, Recco and American Avalanche Association President 15 min
Bridger Bowl Avalanche Program and Operations
Doug Richmond, Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol Director 30min
1630 Closing remarks and move to Social and Avalanche Vendor Booths Upstairs at International Mountain Equipment (IME)
If you’re on the fence about registering for the 2013 Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop here’s an article written for TAR. ESAW 2012 article.
Principles, Superintendents, Coaches, Directors, Deans, Educators, and Staff,
Two years ago the White Mountain Avalanche Education Fund was established by the White Mountain National Forest’s Mount Washington Avalanche Center to educate kids in the Northeast about avalanches. (See the link below for a full description.) In this vein we are giving 15 scholarships to High School aged kids to this year’s Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop (ESAW) on November 10th. We are focusing the awards towards students in the general White Mountain Region. In particular, students of yours who have aspirations to take their sport into avalanche terrain in the upcoming years. It is proven that getting to kids young, prevents avalanche accidents in the future.
The Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop was started not to be an avalanche class, but a higher level one day symposium that encompasses new science, useful practical skills for the field, and interesting presentations about avalanche problems around eastern North America. High school students will not be bored, but a motivated individual eager to learn is the best candidate. Based on response from the different schools we would like to spread out the opportunities across the region. We may also be able to offer more scholarships depending on the normal registration numbers.
Please let me know if your school is interested in participating and how many scholarships you have interest in, up to 5 slots. You know your students, their history, their motivations and desires best so we are leaving the selections for scholarship slots to your school and staff. Once you let me know how many slots you are interested in (1-5) I will respond with how many are available for you. To help perk their interests we will have some gear give-aways through the day and a number of commercial vendor booths in the evening. See the general ESAW announcement below, our website www.esaw.org and the avalanche fund specifics at http://www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/about/white-mountain-avalanche-education-fund/
I look forward to meeting your kids!
Christopher P. Joosen
Forest Safety Manager
Lead Snow Ranger/Director-Mount Washington Avalanche Center
White Mountain National Forest
603-466-2713 ext. 215
The final paperwork is complete. Grab your book bags and pencil boxed, this years 2012 ESAW event will be held at the John Fuller Elementary School. Plenty of parking, just around the corner from IME, and last years venue, the Mount Washington Observatory and Science Center. Directions are updated here. Spread the word, we’ve got more room this year, but space is filling up fast.
As we get closer and closer to November 10th, more and more folks are registering and more sponsors are coming forward to get behind us. We just added a page for our sponsors . There is going to be a silent auction at the end of the event and the list of gear being donated by these guys is impressive. Once the learning is over, we will be moving over to International Mountain Equipment. Like last year you’ll be able to enjoy a cold beverage and get to see, close up, some of the new gear out there from BD, Viole, Ortovox and the rest of our sponsors. More to come about the silent auction and the goodies to be had.
We just added Dr. Karl Birkeland to the list of presenters. It’s shaping up to be a good one this year! If for some strange reason you’re not familiar with Dr. Birkeland and his work you can read a bit about him here. http://www.montana.edu/wwwes/facstaff/birkeland.htm Dr.Karl Birkeland is the Director of the Forest Service National Avalanche Center, currently based in Montana, and has over 30 years of experience as a ski patroller, backcountry avalanche forecaster, avalanche researcher, and avalanche educator.
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