Weekly
Dates
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Location
5 Hours
Duration
Outdoor
Setting
Intermediate
Skill Level

This comprehensive 5 hour course is designed for those who have taken some form of avalanche training in the past and would like to refresh or sharpen their rescue skills before heading into the backcountry. By the end of the rescue course, participants will be more familiar with avalanche beacon design and use, as well as companion rescue in a single and multiple person scenario.

Remember each individual within your back country group is responsible for the safety of others. If an accident occurs, make sure you have the confidence and ability to respond quickly and accordingly; I am sure they will thank you for it later!

AGES 18+ for adult courses or 16+ with consent from a guardian and Kaf approval.
12-18 for youth courses.
PREREQUISITES Previous avalanche education is required, such as our Avalanche: Beginner or similar approved American Avalanche Association course.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN Beacon design
Burial time-survival statistics
Beacon operation and search principles
Demonstration and practice of coarse, fine, and pinpoint search techniques
Practical rescue scenarios with single and multiple burials
Group management techniques for multiple rescuers
Probing and Shoveling techniques
INCLUDED 5 hours of expert instruction
Rescue beacons for recovery
NOT INCLUDED Personal Probe, beacon, and shovel are required for this course
Touring skis (not cross-country skis), split-boards, and snowshoes are all welcome options.
Personal avalanche safety gear: beacon, probe, and shovel
EQUIPMENT Snowshoes with waterproof boots (we recommend insulated boots)
Skis, boots, and bindings (Metal edge skis, plastic boots, and Randonee/alpine touring/downhill Telemark bindings) Cross-country skis will not work for backcountry tours.
Splitboard with adjustable bindings that move into “tour” mode efficiently (Soft boots are ok, and hard boots are preferred)
Personal avalanche safety gear: beacon, probe, and shovel.
Personal layers
RENTALS We offer full-service rentals. If you need any gear, please visit our rental page.
TRANSPORTATION & TIMES Transportation and times will be coordinated by email when the pre-trip announcement is sent to all registrants.
WHAT’S NEXT? Still can’t get enough snow?: Join us for Skiing/Splitboarding: Advanced and Snowshoeing: Intermediate.
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CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

 

Snoqualmie Pass, 9:00-2:00pm
As a single half day, participants will meet at a designated park and ride convenient for all participants. Please consider driving as a caravan and all driving will take place on plowed roads to summit passes. Chains for your vehicle will be required.

This course covers:
Beacon use and how to wear it.
Beacon Function: range checks
Techniques on how to locate quickly and efficiently
Practice searching as single burial
Practice searching multi-burial.

There will be little walking on this course. Please plan on bringing your snowshoe/ski/splitboard gear you would use in the back country for practice. There will be long moments of standing in the snow for education in a cold environment. Plan on standing in the snow for up to 30 minutes at a time with short periods of physical movement.

Plan on being home by 3pm.

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

It’s time for rock climbing and mountaineering! Head into the hills and enjoy the great weather. We will post dates when the 2017/18 winter begins.

Book Online
CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

We are really excited to head out there with you! Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Book Online
CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.