Tacoma Mountaineers will be holding two AIARE 1-Avalanche Courses:
Course#1: Lectures Jan 13th and 15th (6:30pm to 10pm)
Field Dates: Jan 18th and 19th (8am-4pm)
Course #2: Lectures Feb 10th and 12th (6:30-10pm)
Field Dates: Feb 15th and 16th (8am-4pm)
The industry standard, AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level One Avalanche Courses are unique because of our emphasis on field based lessons and learning. In this 24 hour curriculum, (must attend both lectures and both field days for completion/certification) students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person.
Tacoma Lectures 6:30 to 10 located at Tacoma Mountaineers Clubhouse 2302 N 30th St. (Course #1: Jan 13 & 15), (Course #2: Feb 10 & 12)
Lecture Sessions Topics Include: Snowpack, Avalanche Phenomenon, Terrain Analysis, Stability Evaluation, Avalanche Hazard Ratings, Human Factors And Risk Assessment, Decision Making.
Field Day 1 (Course #1 Jan 18th)
(Course #2 Feb 15th)
Location: Mountaineers Snoqualmie campus located at 390 WA HWY 906, Snoqualmie Pass, WA, 98068 from 8am to 4pm
8:00 am and get ready for the day. Meet at 8:30am, perform a gear check, do introductions, and then start our program. We learn how to use the gear efficiently including learning more about transceivers, probes and shovels. We will practice self-rescue and companion rescue and take a closer look at the snowpack by digging a test profile to find any slabs.
Field Day 2: (Course #1 Jan 19th)
(Course #2 Feb 16th)
Location: TBD from 8am to 4pm. We continue our education by focusing on Terrain Management, Track Setting, and more advanced transceiver techniques. We bring all the skills together and move into Tour Planning, Map And Compass Navigation.
Note: These are not overnight field trips. Day sessions only.
All participants will need to sign/fill out/bring attached Backcountry Adventure Guide Registration form the evening of the first lecture. Cancellation policy/No course refunds will be enforced 10 days before first lecture. Contact leader for details.
The AIARE Level 1 Avalanche course is oriented towards recreational backcountry users such as climbers, skiers, snowboarders, scramblers and snowshoers. The course introduces the avalanche phenomena and is more than an avalanche awareness course. It introduces planning and preparation for travelling in avalanche terrain, human factors, terrain recognition, “red flag” observations, terrain selection, and travel techniques. The overall goal is to improve decision making in avalanche terrain. The course also teaches how to apply effective companion rescue. It is a basic hazard management course and uses rule based tools in combination with introductory knowledge based decision making tools. Evening lectures will be held on February 5 and 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Mountaineers Program Center. The field trip portion will be held on February 9 and 10; all day both days. The field trip location is yet to be determined. Required equipment includes an avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel.