Backcountry Snowshoeing Skills Course

Badge

Backcountry Snowshoeing Skills Course

This badge represents successful completion of the Backcountry Snowshoeing Skills Course.

DESCRIPTION OF SKILLS

The holder of this badge has successfully completed our Backcountry Snowshoeing Skills Course, and has demonstrated proficiency in the following skills:

  • Equipment and clothing selection 
  • Trip selection based on conditioning and skill level 
  • Snowshoe travel
  • Avalanche hazards and safe travel principles 
  • Using an avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel
  • Ice ax use on steep slopes (on-snow practice including self-belay and self-arrest) 
  • Use of topographical maps, compass, and altimeter 
  • Emergency preparedness (including winter bivouacs and how to summon help should it be needed)

WHAT DOES THIS BADGE ALLOW ME TO DO?

Participate in snowshoe trips listed as "moderate" or "strenuous."

HOW DO I GET THIS BADGE?

Course

Complete our Backcountry Snowshoeing Skills Course.

EQUIVALENCY

The Backcountry Snowshoe Skills Badge may be granted to members who have relevant experience and can demonstrate proficiency in most the above skills. To connect with an equivalency coordinator at your branch, contact .

apply for equivalency