REC1+ August 8-11 (La Parva/Valle Nevado)
REC1+ Course - La Parva, Chile
Fundamentals of Situational Awareness and Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain
- 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 understanding about the 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.
- 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.
FORMAT: 4-Day Level 1 Avalanche Training with 8 hours of classroom and 24 hours of field work that exceeds the American Avalanche Association guidelines of a total of 24 hours.