Intro to Backcountry Eastern Iceland - REC1 (April 9-11, 2022)
This is a 3-day Avalanche Science Intro to Backcountry REC1 course in Eastern Iceland.
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: 1-day classroom sessions scheduled from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Two days of fieldwork and backcountry ski touring.
Learning Outcomes for REC1 Module:
- Gain an understanding of avalanche beacon technology and receive advanced training in avalanche companion rescue techniques.
- Safe travel in avalanche terrain; protocols, rituals, and human factors.
- Recognize avalanche terrain and the role of slope angles. Estimating and measuring slope angles.
- Introduce Avalanche Release Conceptual model and develop a systematic method for avalanche risk assessment and execution of safe travel plans.
- Gain an understanding of the science of snow crystals, metamorphism, and slab avalanche fracture mechanics.
- Understand the impact of weather on the snowpack. Track precipitation, wind, and temperature critical thresholds driving stability.
- Target observations relevant to the avalanche problem of the day.
- Reliable identification of slab and weak layer structures in snow pits. Characterize snowpack structure reactivity with basic stability tests.
Learning Outcomes for RESCUE Module:
- Conduct transceiver functional verification at the trailhead.
- Understanding of the value and the function of avalanche rescue equipment.
- Demonstrate the operation of a transceiver/beacon.
- Demonstrate professional-level probing techniques.
- Become a reliable avalanche rescue companion.
- Comfortable executing avalanche single victim rescues with a team.
- Competent rescuer during two-victims avalanche scenarios.
- 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.
- Effective communication during avalanche rescues.
- Capable of generating Emergency Response Plans.
- Internalize that an avalanche incident is a medical emergency, and develop familiarity with potential injuries and potential medical issues common on buried avalanche victims.
- Develop awareness about the value of WFA/WFR/OEC/WEMT training.