1 full field day/ 4-hours of online coursework / $100
This course is a great entry point for those just starting to dip their toes in winter backcountry travel. We are more focused on the basic principles of identifying avalanche terrain than traveling through it. Within a short distance of a trailhead you will learn important terminology, how to initiate a rescue, how to read an avalanche forecast, develop a trip plan, and the do’s and don’t of winter travel. All travel modes welcome.
This course is a great entry point for those new to backcountry snow travel. We will introduce you to tools and concepts to learn to identify and avoid avalanche terrain. We will:
Demonstrate the equipment necessary for winter backcountry travel with tips and tricks on their use and travel storage.
Explore why most fatal avalanche accidents were triggered by the people involved and that preparation and training prior to backcountry travel can save lives.
Find and interpret local mountain weather forecast and avalanche advisory information.
Differentiate avalanche terrain from terrain where avalanches can not occur; Recognize avalanche exposure.
Describe a basic process to manage risk for winter backcountry travel.
There with be an optional 1/2-hour morning session where you can meet with an instructor to discuss personal gear and equipment ahead of the clinic.
Dec 9, 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Total spaces remaining: 3