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Avalanche Companion Rescue Drills · Sat. Dec. 2nd - Sun. Dec. 3rd
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Start: Saturday, Dec. 2nd
End: Sunday, Dec. 3rd
Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Nov. 23rd, 5:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: clubroom
Disclaimer: this trip does in no way replace a professional companion rescue course. It's just a practise session.
What's worse than dying? Seeing a friend die. What's worse than that? Seeing a friend die because you forgot how to pull off an efficient rescue.
That's why we all gotta practise, practise, practise. Especially now that our brains have been filled with climbing, surfing, and other summer thoughts, we ALL need to refresh our companion rescue skills.
And that's what we're gonna do all weekend (besides a little skiing). We're gonna practise the full companion rescue algorithm in a realistic setting: evaluating the situation, signal search, coarse search, fine search, probing, shoveling, over and over again. The scenarios will vary. Perhaps we'll have one where we'll see how fast the whole group can dig out a backpack if we all work together. Or we'll do the other extreme -- what are your chances if all your buddies got buried and you have to rescue them alone? We'll definitely do some multiple burials, side-by-side burials and whatever other scenarios we can think of.
This trip is all about practise (drills), not instruction. If you want to come along, you should already know very well how the companion rescue algorithm is executed. The best way to know that, is having done an AST 1 or Companion Rescue Course.
TBD. We're gonna sleep at a hut or winter campsite that VOC trips often go to. Which one will depend on the weather and a few other factors. Last year we did it at Elfin Lakes and that's a good candidate again.
Preparation and Pre-Reqs:
This trip is all about practise (drills), not instruction. If you want to come along, you should already know very well how the companion rescue algorithm is executed. The best way to know that is having done an AST 1 or Companion Rescue Course. That said, I will allow a limited number of keeners without these credentials join, under the condition that they spend a lot of time familiarizing themselves with the companion rescue process and their equipment before the trip.
In any case, every participant should review the companion rescue system. An awesome resource for that is the BCA website. The parts most important for us are: the first four videos under the Avalanche Rescue tile and all the handouts. Reviewing this will take you half an hour, if you're really fast.
The trip is open to AT skiers, telemark skiers, splitboarders and snowshoers. The number of snowshoers should be different from one.
What this trip is not:
On this trip we'll only practice companion rescue. 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). Second, this trip doesn't replace an official Companion Rescue course either. Those are a great resource for anyone, even those who already have their AST 2. Last, to pull off a successful companion rescue, you should get your Wilderness First Aid course. We will barely talk about wilderness first aid on this trip.