For the backcountry rider, winter walker or climber who gets avalanched, statistics prove that it’s their companions who are their best bet for a successful rescue. Get acquainted with the avalanche transceiver and the methods needed to recover a buried victim quickly and effectively.
Getting into winter mountain travel is exciting, but can be a little daunting. Learn how to interpret winter weather and avalanche forecasts and then plan and execute safer journeys. Whether you’re a walker, climber, skier or boarder, this one day course, set in the context of a short mountain journey, will give you the basics of snowpack assessment, route planning and decision making in avalanche terrain.
Topics covered include:
- Snowpack and terrain
- Interpreting weather forecasts
- Applying the weather forecast
- Route planning
- Decision making in avalanche terrain
- Basic snowpack stability tests
- Transceiver, shovel and probe design
- Basic avalanche search and rescue
Where possible, this course will include a short indoor element. Information handouts will also be available.
This course will usually be delivered on foot. Using skis/board may be possible (and is recommended for riders) , but please get in touch to confirm.