Avalanche Companion Rescue

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the companion rescue process. It's designed for anyone who travels into avalanche terrain - skiers and riders, mountaineers, ice climbers, hikers, rescuers, etc. Topics include the principles of avalanche rescue, avalanche gear and its use, searching with and without avalanche transceivers, and shoveling techniques. The goal is for each student to have a solid grounding in the fundamentals, in order to maximize the chances of a successful rescue. We will spend the day almost entirely in the field, with much of the learning being hands-on. You'll receive one-on-one coaching as well as opportunities to give and receive feedback to your classmates.

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WORKSHOP DETAILS

Length: 8+ Hours
Guide-to-Client: 1:6
[Min. of 3 students]
Price: $125 per person
When: February 25, 2017
March 25, 2017

RIDING, SKIING OR SNOWSHOES

For this course we will be accessing the backcountry. If you own a touring setup or split board you are welcome to skin with the instructor and consequently ski or ride out at the end of the day. Please bring your own AT or Split Board setups as we do not have these available for rent. If you do not ski or ride, please plan to snowshoe - which can be rented from mtnGEAR.

RENTAL GEAR

For this course, you will need an Avalanche Beacon, Probe and Shovel. These items may be rented for $26.

Most of the required equipment is available for rent from our affiliate mtnGEAR. Workshop Participants will receive a 20% discount on all rental equipment and clothing.

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES

AIARE AVALANCHE 1 IS A MANDATORY PRE-REQUISITE FOR THIS WORKSHOP

This workshop is designed as a refresher for those who have completed at minimum AIARE Avalanche 1 course or comparable.
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Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Avalanche Companion Rescue Workshop the student should be able to:

  • Communicate group plans, conduct trailhead checks, and describe travel protocols
  • Describe priorities & actions to take if involved in an avalanche
  • Demonstrate effective application of search techniques for one and two beacon burials
  • Implement methods and strategies used in locating burials without beacons
  • Explain basic medical treatment of avalanche victims

Instructional sessions (8+ hours field instruction).

  1. Avalanche Rescue Principles
    • Avalanche accident statistics
    • Review of avalanche avoidance
    • Escape and survival techniques if caught
    • Rescuer safety
  2. Avalanche Gear & Technique
    • Techniques for using beacons, shovels, and probes
    • Additional safety gear such as airbag packs, Avalungs, etc.
    • Organized search team tools
  3. Companion Rescue Process
    • Scene safety
    • Organization, communication, and leadership
    • Beacon search, pinpointing, shoveling techniques
    • Troubleshooting common problems
    • Introduction to complex situations, e.g. deep burials, multiple close proximity burials
  4. Avalanche Victim Basic Patient Care
  5. Recognizing needs and Identifying Additional Resources

 

Course Itinerary

ONE DAY WORKSHOP

8:00 Meet at Bunkhouse, Introductions and overview of agenda


8:30 Travel to trailhead or field site, location TBD based on conditions and weather


9:30 Field sessions - companion rescue process, beacon search exercises, participant feedback


3:00 Return to Bunkhouse


3:30-5:00 Review session, questions & answers, debrief the day
 

Instructor Bio

JEFF LANE

Jeff began his career in the snow and avalanche world in 2002 working as a caretaker at the base of Tuckerman Ravine. In 2006, he earned a Master’s Degree in Outdoor Education and began work as a Snow Ranger for the Mount Washington Avalanche Center. Jeff's rescue experience goes beyond classes and training, he draws experience from several real-life incidents over the last 15 years of working and recreating in avalanche terrain, including some close calls of his own. He believes in the power of hands-on experiential education and will work with you to deepen your understanding and hone your skills.

GENERAL POLICIES

NEMs Adventure plans and itineraries are subject to change or adjustment based on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to, route conditions, weather, terrain, and many other factors. NEM has complete discretion to change plans to accommodate any of these or other factors, including discretion to change program schedule or itinerary, and change guides or staff, as necessary for the proper and safe conduct of the program.

We reserve the right to cancel any program due to inadequate signups, weather or route conditions. In such a case, an NEM credit for the full value is given; however, NEM cannot be responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations).

NEM reserves the right to dismiss the Participant from a trip at any time if NEM determines, in its sole discretion, that the Participant is not physically, technically, or psychologically prepared for or capable of participating in the program. This includes being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

SUMMIT ATTEMPT

Northeast Mountaineering cannot guarantee that you will reach the summit. Weather, route conditions, your own abilities or the abilities of others may create circumstances that make an ascent unsafe, and you or your entire party will have to turn around without reaching the summit. Your program fee entitles you to one summit attempt on your specified dates.

MINIMUM REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

For our adventures to run as booked, we must have 50% enrollment of the maximum participant allotment. As an example, if the program has a maximum of 8 people then we must have 4 registered participants for the adventure. In the case of low registration, you may be asked to postpone or join another group on a different date. Exceptions may be made but it is at complete discretion of Northeast Mountaineering, its guides and agents.

RISK MANAGEMENT

Safety is NEM’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them. NEM guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that maximize your experience without compromising the necessary margin of safety. Please clearly understand that mountaineering and all other mountain adventures are inherently hazardous sports. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of these sports, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in these activities.

DOMESTIC ADVENTURES

Payment in full is due at the time of booking. Cancellations outside of 7 days are fully refundable except for a $50 service fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before your program. Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND INCLUDING MOUNT RAINIER

A non-refundable deposit of $750 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check the individual pages. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure - but may vary. For your convenience, we can work out a monthly payment plan.

INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURES

A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check the individual pages. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure - but may vary. For your convenience, we can work out a monthly payment plan.

CANCELLATION

There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before your program. Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy.

CHANGE OF DATE

Date changes are subject to availability and apply only to the current climbing season. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 7 days prior to your departure date for a $25 fee per person. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 3 days prior to your departure date for a $50 fee per person. There are no date changes allowed less than 2 days before departure.