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Self-Rescue Course

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Self-Rescue Course with Marc Chauvin Chauvin Guides International LLC June 15 & 16, 2013 What a great weekend it was for learning. There were 10 students in the course and we met Marc Chauvin of Chauvin Guides International LLC at Quincy Quarries.  The course was offered through the AMC Boston Chapter Mountaineering Committee and covered on both Saturday and Sunday. Lecture was for the most part of Saturday at the “O” Wall and we practiced some of the techniques Marc covered in his lecture. On Sunday we reviewed the techniques that were covered the day before and then put them to practice on the rock! We covered Transitioning from Belay, to either a counter balance rappel, a haul or belay escape. Reading: Self-Rescue by David Fasulo (ISBN 9780762755332) Some photos I took during the weekend course:   Quincy Quarries   Marc Chauvin on rappel rings Outdoor Lecture Setup: Transition to rappel on two ropes Setup: Transition to rappel on a sin

Carter Notch Hut – Solo Spring Hiking

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Carter Notch AMC Hut (3,300 feet)  Trail: 19 Mile Brook Trail Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet Distance: 7.6 miles roundtrip Duration: 6 hours (includes breaks along the trail and a stop at the hut) Difficulty: Easy to Moderate This weekend peakbagging took a backseat while I chased ice….ice caves that is…..and a boulder field too! I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day! The sun was out and the notch was just stunning with its early spring colors mixed with snow. Dinner and a movie with my husband later tonight meant I wasn’t going to have a whole lot of time to spend at the hut. But I figured if I hurry, I just might get lucky. It took me 2 hours and 20 minutes to get to the hut and this meant I would have about 2 hours to spend there. Yaaay!  The Carter Lakes And between the two Carter Lakes is the AMC Carter Notch Hut.  I signed in and spent a few minutes eating fig newtons and sipping on hot cocoa. Catherine, one of the hut guest, joined