REC1+ (December 18-20, 2020)

REC1+ (December 18-20, 2020)


Regular price $550.00 Sale

This is a 4-day Avalanche Science REC1+ course. Dates listed correspond to field days. The Internet-ZOOM classroom sessions will be communicated once participants register.

Course space is limited. Register ASAP to reserve your space. Avalanche Science courses are closed with 6 participants. 

This 4-day REC1+ course for a maximum of six participants.

This course includes Avalanche Level 1 and AAA Rescue module integrated into Avalanche Science's REC1+ course.

    Prerequisite: Able to ski powder snow and familiar with ski touring (on skis or split-board) equipment.

    Pre-course material: 4-hour online

    Course Format: Three 3-hour internet-ZOOM classroom sessions scheduled from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Three days of fieldwork and backcountry ski touring.

    Learning Outcomes for REC1+ Module:

    1. Gain an understanding of avalanche beacon technology and receive advanced training in avalanche companion rescue techniques.
    2. Safe travel in avalanche terrain; protocols, rituals, and human factors.
    3. Recognize avalanche terrain and the role of slope angles. Estimating and measuring slope angles.
    4. Introduce Avalanche Release Conceptual model and develop a systematic method for avalanche risk assessment and execution of safe travel plans.
    5. Gain an understanding of the science of snow crystals, metamorphism, and slab avalanche fracture mechanics.
    6. Understand the impact of weather in the snowpack. Track precipitation, wind, and temperature critical thresholds driving stability.
    7. Target observations relevant to the avalanche problem of the day.
    8. Reliable identification of slab and weak layer structures in snow pits. Characterize snowpack structure reactivity with basic stability tests.

    Learning Outcomes for RESCUE Module:

    1. Conduct transceiver functional verification at the trailhead.
    2. Understanding of the value and the function of avalanche rescue equipment.
    3. Demonstrate the operation of a transceiver/beacon.
    4. Demonstrate professional level probing techniques.
    5. Become a reliable avalanche rescue companion.
    6. Comfortable executing avalanche single victim rescues with a team.
    7. Competent rescuer during two-victims avalanche scenarios.
    8. Demonstrate or identify the steps necessary to be able to complete a two-avalanche victim rescue in less than 7 minutes in a 50x50 meter area.
    9. Effective communication during avalanche rescues.
    10. Capable of generating Emergency Response Plans.
    11. Internalize that an avalanche incident is a medical emergency, and develop familiarity with potential injuries and potential medical issues common on buried avalanche victims.
    12. Develop awareness about the value of WFA/WFR/OEC/WEMT training.