September 28, 2010

AMN Meeting a Success

The Eastern Division's Avalanche, Mountain Travel & Rescue, and Nordic instructors and supervisors enjoyed a productive meeting and skills refresher at Ski Big Bear in Eastern Pennsylvania, on the weekend of September 17-19.

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September 05, 2010

Safety Orange LED Pocket Lights

Countycomm offers the ARES pocket light with a safety orange shell and a pure white LED. This is one light that won't get lost in your pack or in the snow. Slide the switch on, and the entire unit glows bright orange.

The LED will last for thousands of hours, and the battery is easily replaced.

Be sure to watch the instructive Youtube video.

The ARES is available for $1.20 only at Countycomm. An identical light, the ARES SO-LED, is available with an eight-position, 360-degree ratcheting rotary clip for $4.00 from the same source.

The pocket light without clip also comes with blue and green LEDs. The SO-LED with clip is available in an ACU grey body with white LED and in a black body with blue and green LEDs.

While these prices are attractive, the bad news is that the minimum shipping charge is $8.75. This calls for either a group purchase of dozens of lights or buying more Countycomm goodies in order to reduce the unit price for shipping. For example, 20 pieces of the ARES cost $1.44 each with shipping, while 20 of the ARES SO-LED cost 4.29 apiece.

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September 03, 2010

CRREL Report

CRREL LogoThe Eastern Division successfully held a Continuing Education Winter Sciences and Survival Seminar at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover, NH. Approximately 58 Avalanche, MTR, and Nordic instructors attended. Topics presented included emergency sled (Sked) use and construction, avalanche forecasting, treatment of cold-related injuries and hypothermia, cold weather clothing design and construction, and rescue techniques.

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