New class by the American Avalanche Association. Prerequisite for level II, but can be taken anytime. Fast paced eight hour class with minimum of five hours in field. For recreational riders, guides, and search and rescue teams. This is a snowmobile specific class and we will be traveling to areas by snowmobile.
Course format for 2023. Prerequisite for level II, but can be taken anytime. The classroom portion of the class will be held online using a version of Backcountry Ascender. Fun and engaging, at your own pace, on your time. No scheduled video meetings. Students just show up for two days of on-snow training. You’ll get more time on the snow with this new format. For recreational riders, guides, and search and rescue teams. This is a snowmobile specific class and we will be traveling to areas by snowmobile.
Who? For recreational riders, pros, guides, and search and rescue teams.
Location: Cle Elum Valley – 509-260-0417
Class content: Escape and survival techniques, rescuer safety/response, scene safety, communication, transceiver, shoveling and probing techniques, victim basic care, deep burials, close proximity rescues, RECCO, using advanced features on your transceiver, three ways to utilize snowmobiles in rescue, leading a rescue, rescue scenarios, timed transceiver searches and much more.
What to do for preparation: Read your transceiver manual. Practice single and double burial transceiver drills before class. Make sure all your gear is ready. Make notes on questions you have for class.
What to bring: Transceiver (3 antenna), shovel, probe, tunnel bag, backpack or airbag pack, sunglasses, multiple pairs of gloves, sunscreen, face protection, survival and first aid gear, hat, food (lunch) and water for in the field, extra layers, head lamp, notebook, pens, pencil, camera. If you don’t have gear, please let me know and I can supply it.
Dress warmer than expected. We are out in the elements for long periods of time at or above timberline. Bring a thermos with hot liquids if it is going to be cold. We do not cancel for cold weather.