This is a 4-day REC2+ course.
This course includes AAA Avalanche Level 2 and the NEW AAA Rescue module integrated into Avalanche Science’s REC2+ course.
Prerequisite: completion of a AAA Level 1 course, 1 year field experience post level 1 completion, a mountain snowmobile in good mechanical condition.
Pre-course material: 4-hour online
Course Format: 32 hours (4-day). One day of the classroom with three days of backcountry fieldwork.
Location: The Last Resort. 14254 Salmon La Sac Rd. Ronald, WA 509-649-2222
Learning Outcomes for the Level 2 Course Module:
- Recognize avalanche terrain, develop a systematic method for avalanche risk assessment, and execute safe travel plans.
- Science of snow crystals, metamorphism, and slab avalanche fracture mechanics.
- Understand the impact of weather in the snowpack. Track precipitation, wind, and temperature critical thresholds driving stability.
- Reliable identification of slab and weak layer structures in snow pits. Characterize snowpack structure reactivity with basic stability tests.
Learning Outcomes for RESCUE Module:
- Conduct transceiver functional verification at the trailhead.
- Understanding of the value and the function of avalanche rescue equipment.
- Demonstrate operation of a transceiver/beacon.
- Demonstrate professional level probing techniques.
- Become a reliable avalanche rescue companion.
- Comfortable executing avalanche single victim rescues with a team.
- Competent rescuer during two-victims avalanche scenarios.
- Demonstrate or identify the steps necessary to be able to complete a two-avalanche victim rescue in less than 7 minutes in a 50×50 meter area.
- Effective communication during avalanche rescues.
- Capable of generating Emergency Response Plans.
- Internalize that an avalanche incident is a medical emergency, and develop familiarity with potential injuries and potential medical issues common on buried avalanche victims.
- Develop awareness about the value of WFA/WFR/OEC/WEMT training.
Your Instructor: Santiago (Chago) Rodriguez
Avalanche educator since 1996. Certified Instructor for the American Avalanche Association, AAA Pro 1 and Pro 2 Instructor, and AIARE Instructor and Course Leader. Avalanche Instructor Trainer for the NAtional Ski Patrol. Snow and Avalanche Researcher at the CryoGARS group – Boise State University. Geophysics Ph.D. Candidate – Snow metamorphism studies with Microwave sensors and Remote Sensing.
For ten years he has been publishing MoresCreekSummit.com, a well known resource dedicated to provide snow stability assessment, ski/riding conditions, weather and maps of Pilot/Freeman/Sunset Peaks as well as other locations in Central Idaho and Eastern Oregon.
His passion is sharing hidden pow shots with friends and clients, and explore remote backcountry destinations in Idaho, Colorado, the Andes, and the Pyrenees.
Avalanche Science is dedicated to provide the BEST Avalanche Education in the USA and Internationally.
Avalanche Science is an AAA and AIARE Avalanche Course Provider operating in the Boise Mountains of Central Idaho, the Chilean/Argentine Andes, and Spanish/Andorran Pyrenees.