NWAC Going Deep - Winter Mountain Sense

In this workshop, join Erica Engle and Forest McBrian for a hard look at competence in the mountains. First, we’ll review how we get insight about our own abilities—self reflection and feedback from trusted partners or mentors—and we’ll practice new tools for both. Then, we’ll take a good look at our backcountry skills using a competency matrix based on professional training programs.
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What do we mean when we say someone has good “mountain sense?” And if it’s really a thing, then how do we know when we have it–and when we don’t? Join Erica Engle and Forest McBrian for a hard look at competence in the mountains. These days, most backcountry travelers know that education is critical. Taking a Level 1 Avalanche course is a great step; but everyone arrives at their level 1 with a different set of experiences, and they will apply the skills and concepts differently. How do you know where you stand, and how do you know where to focus your efforts as you strive to grow? In this 3 hour workshop, you’ll take an inventory of the skills and habits you bring to backcountry travel in avalanche terrain. First, we’ll review how we get insight about our own abilities—self reflection and feedback from trusted partners or mentors—and we’ll practice new tools for both. Then, we’ll take a good look at our backcountry skills using a competency matrix based on professional training programs. You’ll come away with a clearer view of your own strengths and concrete ideas on how to address weaker skill sets.

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