Private REC1+/REC2+ Course  Dec 12-15, 2019

Private REC1+/REC2+ Course Dec 12-15, 2019

Avalanche Science

Regular price $2,000.00 Sale

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

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

This course is an early-season course. There is the possibility that snow conditions could impact course logistics. However, Mores Creek Summit backcountry skiing terrain has been accessible and adequate for courses every one of the seasons of Avalanche Science LLC has operated at Mores Creek Summit.

    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: 32 hours (4-day). One day of the classroom with 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 understanding about 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 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.

     

    Upon request, this course can be arranged for the same date as a REC2+ course.

    Learning Outcomes for REC2+ Course:

    1. Enhance REC1+ advanced training in avalanche companion rescue techniques with multiple victim scenarios and triage.
    2. Review REC1+ concepts:
      • Recognize avalanche terrain, develop a systematic method for avalanche risk assessment, and execute safe travel plans.
      • Science of snow crystals, metamorphism, and slab avalanche fracture mechanics.
      • Understand the impact of weather in the snowpack. Track precipitation, wind, and temperature critical thresholds driving stability.
      • Reliable identification of slab and weak layer structures in snow pits. Characterize snowpack structure reactivity with basic stability tests.
    3. Become proficient with AAA SWAG nomenclature, snow/weather/avalanche observation recording. Understand SWE.
    4. Generate snow pit hardness and temperature profiles. Relate season weather history with snowpack structure and layering.
    5. Target standard and non-standard stability tests to various avalanche problems.
    6. Competent in the application of avalanche release conceptual model and the integration of danger diagrams to asses risk in complex avalanche terrain during trip planning.

      The REC2+ is a comprehensive preparatory course for the next professional developmental step; the AAA PRO1.