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Emergency skills practice · Saturday, January 11th

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Organized by: Diego Ribas-Cadle.

Start: Saturday, Jan. 11th, 8:00 am
Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Jan. 9th, 6:30 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Outside clubroom


There is obviously a huge value in formal courses like AST and wilderness first aid, but it's generally agreed (particularly by the instructors of these courses) that these skills need to be practiced for them to be useful. During quick practice sessions that are a normal part of weekend trips, I've felt that I (and often other people), don't actually have our responses properly dialled, despite having taken the relevant courses. Faff is deadly, and the only way to get rid of it is to practice.

 So, given that the weather for this weekend might limit other outdoor options, I'd like to get a group together and put in some dedication to practice and improve skills such as:

-Beacon searches, emphasizing on:

  • Efficient searches in multiple burial scenarios
  • Techniques for improving overall speed of rescue

-First aid, emphasizing on

  • Treatment/response for avalanche victims
  • Hypothermia prevention of injured persons
  • Improvized sleds and carries.

-Other stuff, as time and interest dictates


Depending on what people want to do, this could be a one or two day trip, but either way the idea would be to take your standard overnight backpack, so as to practice dealing with problems in a realistic environment, with only the materials you would normally have.

This is intended as practice, not instruction, so it's preferable if you've already taken AST-1 and some sort of first aid course. However, if you haven't, you're still welcome to tag along and there's a good chance you'll learn something. Just don't consider it a replacement for an actual course.

In terms of location, I think that Red Heather/ Elfin area is convenient and still offers opportunity to have some fun at the same time. However, I'm totally open to other suggestions.



 Edit: Because of varying opinions on 1 vs 2 days and which days, the actual plan will be finalized at the pretrip

Posted: 2014-01-07 20:26:02
Last modified: 2014-01-08 17:26:23