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Companion Rescue Practice at Seymour · Tuesday, March 6th
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Start: Tuesday, Mar. 6th, 3:00 pm
End: Tuesday, Mar. 6th, 9:00 pm
Whether you're a seasoned backcountry skier or just looking to start touring, companion rescue is an essential skill to practice. You can be on skis or snowshoes, but you must have an avy kit.
We'll meet at the pre-trip location and carpool from there to Seymour. We'll go through a few rescue scenarios, then skin/snowshoe up to the top of seymour then ski or walk down from there to the lodge, where we can grab some beer if thats what people are feeling.
You don't have to be a strong skier to sign up, though ideally you're able to ski down some greens so that getting down the resort isn't too hard. You also don't require your AST-1, but you should familiarize yourself with your avy kit, and maybe watch a few videos on current ACMG/CAA standards for rescue practices so that you're informed and able to contribute. I don't want anyone asking me how to turn on their beacons or assemble a probe in the parking lot.
There won't be a pre-trip, I'll simply email everyone listed as going a week before the trip.
This trip is shared with some ACC folks, so there aren't many spaces. Priority will be given to folks with cars.
-UPDATE: This trip will now include topics pertaining to all elements of an avalanche rescue (search, rescue, and first aid). The goal here is to provide participants with the skills that they feel comfortable/confident in performing all elements of an avalanche companion rescue from start-finish. Many companion rescue scenarios stop at the point that the victim is dug out from the snow, however in reality, another very real scenario of treating the injuries sustained from burial and in the avalanche itself present themselves. While these skills could be gained and understood from a first aid course exclusively (note: this clinic is NOT a substitute for a wilderness first aid course, and hence participants should ideally come in with some basic (16 hr) first aid training to not feel overwhelmed), the goal here is to focus on common problems you'd deal with as first responders to an avalanche accident, and hence will focus on injuries most likely in avalanche incidents.
In addition, due to unfortunate circumstances regarding a skiing injury, I cannot lead this trip anymore. Zack Wentz will be taking over organization and leadership of this trip; so if you have any questions, please email him at: [email protected].