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companion rescue drills @ Elfin Lakes · Sat. Mar. 25th - Sun. Mar. 26th
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Start: Saturday, Mar. 25th
End: Sunday, Mar. 26th
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Mar. 22nd, 5:30 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: clubroom
Recently done your AST course and wanna practice those companion rescue skills? Have you been touring for years and need a refresher? Basically, you can never get enough practice! Do come for a weekend of skiing and companion rescue drills! We'll set up some scenarios and run through the whole rescue procedure from visual search to beacon search to probe search and digging.
For who: This trip is for anyone who thinks she is capable of winter camping and wants to practice companion rescue. You can only practice companion rescue if you know how it works. All set-ups (AT, telemark, splitboard, snowshoe) can participate. However, if you wanna snowshoe, make sure you're not the only one! At least half of the participants should have their AST.
Max participants: 12. Unless more people volunteer to help set up drills. If we're more than seven, we'll split up in self-sufficient groups.
Purpose: Many of us have done their AST and we get to apply our slope assessment and terrain travel skills every time we go out skiing. However, luckily we don't usually have to do companion rescue. That's why we need extra practice and this trip is gonna be a great opportunity to do so.
What we'll do: We'll make sure everyone gets to do two to three full companion rescue drills over the weekend. Full means people start at a simulated avalanche (i. e. trampled patch of snow) or old avalanche, get to use their beacons, probe and shovel to find and dig out a buried backpack. I also wanna do at least one drill with multiple burials. In between there should be some time for skiing, snowball fights or whatever people feel like doing.
What this trip is not: On this trip we'll only practice companion rescue. That is, participants should already know how to do it beforehand and refresh their knowledge just before the weekend. I'll figure out some online resource that's good for that. Although you don't need AST for this trip, it's definitely not an excuse to push off doing your AST 1. After all, we'll only practice rescue, which is the thing you have to do after all other risk mitigation techniques have failed (i. e. y'all probably screwed up or had a lot of bad luck). In contrast, AST 1 and 2 will teach you the skills that will help you avoid ever having to do a companion rescue in real life (and how to do a companion rescue)
As always, make sure you make it to the pre-trip this Wednesday or get someone to cover for you. Or e-mail me if no-one can cover.