The Everett Mountaineers will offer an AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course starting December 2013. The course is oriented towards recreational backcountry users like skiers, snowboarders, climbers, scramblers and snowshoers.
The course will:
- Provide a basic understanding of avalanches and how to make pertinent terrain and snowpack observations for the avalanche problem at hand.
- Use a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain
- Focus on identifying the right questions, rather than on providing “all the answers.”
- Give lessons and exercises that are practically oriented, useful, and applicable in the field
The course introduces the different avalanche problems and is more than an avalanche awareness course. Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip in avalanche terrain, to make relevant observations, to understand basic decision making in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person. The overall goal is to improve decision making in avalanche terrain. It is a basic hazard management course and uses rule based tools in combination with introductory knowledge based decision making tools. The course is a stand alone course, but provides a great link to an AIARE Level 2 avalanche course.
Field Trip. The field trip will be held in the Mt Baker backcountry with optional overnight stay at the Mountaineers Lodge. The field trip could involve cold and wet weather and elevation gain of about 2,000 feet. The terrain is extremely well suited for an avalanche course.
Dec 4 630-930p lecture
Dec 11 630-930p lecture
Jan 8 630-930p lecture
Jan 11-12 8a-4p field trip