This 9-hour Introduction to Avalanche Course is designed specifically for those traveling by foot (not with skis or snowmobiles) in avalanche terrain. The field portion of the course will cater specifically to ice climbers (and hunters if there is enough interest), and the classroom session will also apply to hunters, snowshoers, etc. Our course content follows guidelines outlined by The American Avalanche Association with emphasis and additional attention to ice climbers. In the field, we will focus on making safe decisions on-the-fly in terrain and situations encountered by those traveling without skis, where risks may be small isolated snow pockets in cliffy terrain, or terrain thousands of feet above our climbing objectives.
Prerequisites: Past ice climbing experience. Proficiency on WI3 ice climbing terrain. Knowledge of knots, belaying, & rappelling. Consider our Intro to Ice Course to gain basic skills.