Medical Care and Evacuation of the Avalanche Victim

In the real world, avalanche rescue doesn’t end once the victim has been extricated from the avalanche debris. This course picks up where companion rescue courses typically end, with medical care, treatment, and evacuation skills. Students will first learn the core concepts, then practice the skills in realistic scenarios. Expect a combination of indoor and outdoor learning environments.

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WORKSHOP DETAILS

Length: 8+ Hours
Guide-to-Client: 1:6
[Min. of 3 students]
Price: $125 per person
When: March 26, 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 Medical Care and Evacuation Workshop the student should be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of an emergency response plan, avalanche avoidance, personal protective equipment, and other essential equipment
  • Manage immediate life threats resulting from an avalanche incident
  • Explain strategies for prolonged care of victims
  • Demonstrate the concept of an improvised rescue sled
  • Understand the roles and limitations of helicopters in avalanche rescue
  • Understand the Search and Rescue process and larger scale ICS response

Instructional sessions (8+ hours field instruction).

  1. Avalanche Injuries and Injury Prevention
    • Review of avalanche avoidance
    • Escape and survival strategies
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Common mechanism of injuries in avalanche incidents
  2. Management of Avalanche Injuries
    • Treating immediate life threats – ABC’s
    • Splinting and stabilization
    • Managing hypothermia
  3. Evacuation
    • What to expect from organized rescue teams
    • Self-evacuation, improvised rescue sleds
    • Use of helicopters for evacuation
  4. Incident Follow Up
    • Reporting
    • Critical Incident Stress Management

 

Course Itinerary

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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 itineraries are subject to change or be adjusted based on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to, route conditions, weather, terrain, group dynamics and many other factors. NEM has complete discretion to change plans to accommodate any of these or other factors, including the 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 or complete the objective you have signed up for. 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 mountain experience 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 6 people then we must have 3 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 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.

NEW ENGLAND ADVENTURES

Payment in full is due at the time of booking. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND INCLUDING MOUNT RAINIER

A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check your specific adventure. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure. For your convenience, we can work out a monthly payment plan.

INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURES

A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check your specific adventure. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure. For your convenience, we can work out a monthly payment plan.

CANCELLATION

Up to 30 days before your adventure: Full Refund will be issued 29 days - 72 hours before your adventure: Full Refund in the form of NEM credit Within 72 hours of your adventure: No refund will be issued* In the event that you have a positive COVID-19 test and need to cancel within 72 hours, you will be issued an NEM credit for your adventure. If NEM cancels your adventure due to weather or another unforeseen reason, you will receive an NEM credit.

CHANGE OF DATE

Date changes are subject to availability. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 7 days prior to your adventure without incurring a date change fee. Date changes may be requested between 7 and 3 days prior to your departure date for a $25 fee per person. There are no date changes allowed within 72 hours before your adventure.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

In the event your guide or a fellow NEM guide or staff has reason to believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 or they are otherwise feeling unwell they will attempt to get a COVID test in time for your adventure or course. In the event of a positive test or the absence of results,  your course or adventure will be rescheduled or you can opt for an NEM credit to use at your discretion. Refunds for travel, lodging or other costs associated with your adventure will not be refunded or reimbursed.