I took my Avalanche 1 course last year, but I never really used my new found skills the rest of that season. Turns out that a avalanche assessment is like a language - if you don't use it, you forget it.
This year, I decided to start skiing. My roommate found me a great deal on an AT set up...so I suppose I have a bit more incentive to know avalanche hazards and risks if I want to get out there. While I may not be the best skier (yet), or the best back country leader, at least now I know a good decision from a bad decision.
Fellow Program Coordinator Katy Pfannenstein and I snapped some pictures of our recent Avy 1 course. Enjoy!
Lining up for a pit-digging lecture.
Kurt explaining how flux lines of beacons work.
Setting up for a Rutsch Block test.
Determining size of grains.
Going through a companion rescue scenario.
More pit-diggin'. - Dyan Padagas, Program Coordinator