Backcountry Snowshoeing - Tacoma 2016

Snowshoeing Course

Backcountry Snowshoeing

Backcountry Snowshoeing - Tacoma

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**Graduation requirements: (Mountaineers membership and the Basic Snowshoe course -or equivalent- is a prerequisite for Backcountry Snowshoeing. ) 1 evening classroom session, 1 day long field snowshoe trip, 2 scheduled Mountaineers snowshoe trips, completion of separate avalanche training, navigation and wilderness first aid modules, which also fill those requirements for those who have or will take scrambles or basic climbing courses, and completion of a conservation activity.** This course will take snowshoeing to the next level. Topics include the proper use of an ice axe, avalanche awareness including terrain and snow pack evaluation, use of beacons and winter survival. If you have completed snowshoe lite in prior years that would also meet the prerequisite. Successful completion of this course will allow students to participate in all levels of snowshoe outings. Note: students may take two years to complete all requirements if they choose. There will be a discount for people who want to take all there snowshoe modules and sign up at one time. If you wish to take advantage of this option, see Snowshoe/Winter Travels - Tacoma and sign up for that instead of the three modules individually.

This is definitely a more aggressively approached course and destinations do matter but, as in the Basic Snowshoe course, safety is ALWAYS paramount.

The classroom session is: Thursday February 4, 2016 in the Tacoma Program Center Classroom from 6:30 till 9:30.

The field trip is tentatively: Saturday February 20, 2016, probably at Paradise - Mt Rainier. Meeting time and place to be discussed in class. Allow the FULL day for this field trip.

We try really hard to get out on the given field trip date but conditions that are unsafe or not conducive to practicing  the required skills may force us to reschedule. Rescheduled trips will be set for the following week with all the other details remaining the same. Should that one need to be rescheduled, we will repeat the process until the field trip can be held.As more advanced students, we will be more likely to do the field trip even if weather itself is less than wonderful. Please be as flexible as possible.

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Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

In addition to everything needed to successfully complete the Basic Snowshoe Course, students will need to have or have access to, an ice axe, crampons and possibly a larger pack. The navigation, first aid and avalanche awareness courses will also have their own equipment requirements

Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.