Winter is here and with it, the opportunity for many of us to get out into the mountains. Catacombs athlete Josh Kling owns Kling Mountain Guides. Beyond just being a cool guy to hang out and ski with, his company offers guide services all over the world… especially here in our own San Juans. We are working on a partnership to get you guys some sweet deals on some of the trips that KMG leads and maybe even some Catacombs family trips. In the meantime though, Josh has a Level 1 Avalanche course coming up with a few spots remaining. The dates are December 9-11; yes, that is next weekend.
If you ski in the backcountry, understanding avalanche safety is critical. KMG does a top-notch job while having a great time. Details are below and Josh is offering Catacombs athletes a 15% discount. Email him directly for more information: [email protected].
AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Courses: Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain
Our Level One is a 3 day/ 24 hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn companion rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person.
1. Introduction to the Avalanche Phenomena
Types and characteristics of avalanches
The mountain snowpack: an introduction to metamorphism and layering
2. Observations and Information Gathering
Field observation techniques
Bonding tests: rutschblock, compression test,
Avalanche danger factors; “Red Flags”.
Avalanche danger scale
Trip Planning and Preparation
Avalanche terrain recognition, assessment, and selection
Route finding and travel techniques
Decision making and Human Factors
Companion Rescue and Equipment