NORTH CONWAY, NH
In 2006, we accepted our responsibility to our students and the winter adventure community as a whole by offering nationally recognized American Institute Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) courses. AIARE is a nationally recognized curriculum for avalanche education in the U.S., so you know you can trust the information and techniques we teach in the courses below. We are proud to be the largest provider of avalanche training in the East with an AIARE 2 course leader and four AIARE 1 course instructors on staff.
The following Avalanche Training courses are offered at our North Conway Climbing School. Groups meet at the Highland Center in Crawford Notch at 8:30am on the first day. Your instructor will then inform you about meeting times and locations for the remainder of the course.
Select a Course
|AIARE 1||three days (lodging not included)||$350||AMC’s Highland Center||click for dates|
|four days (lodging not included)||$450||AMC’s Highland Center||click for dates|
|AIARE 2||four days (lodging not included)||$450||AMC’s Highland Center||click for dates|
*Skier Only Courses
Skier (or split boarders) only courses combine the three day curriculum with an added touring day. These dates are limited to skiers and riders with climbing skins. For 2014 skier only dates click here.
Climbing Guide & Avalanche Instructor, North Conway
AMGA Cert. Single Pitch Instr. & AIARE 2 Course Leader
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 climbing or guiding people on the cliffs, he enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, skiing, and sampling new micro-brews. He lives in Conway, NH with his wife Michelle and son Alex.
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AIARE 3, AIARE 2 Course Leader, NH Mountain Rescue Service, Wilderness First Responder
Climbing School Asst. Manager, North Conway
AMGA Certified Rock Instructor & AIARE 1 Course Instructor
Climbing & Avalanche Inst., West Hartford & North Conway
AMGA Cert. Single Pitch Instr. & AIARE 1 Course Instructor
Mike started climbing in 1992 on the short cliffs of eastern Connecticut. Many years of top roping combined with a childhood love of skiing led to his first ice climbing and mountaineering trips in 1996. This is where he was hooked on the beauty and solitude the alpine environment provides. This first experiences have led him all over the northeast, as well as Colorado and Wyoming in search of rock and ice.
Connecticuts variety of rock and ice routes have prepared him for some memorable climbs in beautiful settings. Whitney Gilman Ridge, Lakeview, and the Black Dike on Cannon. Pinnacle Buttress and the gullies of Huntington Ravine on Mt. Washington. Pamola IV on Katahdin. He hopes to add to this with return trips to the Grand Teton, Wind River Range, and Katahdin where hopefully the weather will cooperate a little more.
He lives in Connecticut with his wife Sue with whom he has shared many climbs with. When not out climbing he enjoys telemark skiing, whitewater kayaking, and mountain biking.
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Wilderness EMT, PSIA Level 1 Telemark, AIARE Level II