Sunday, December 12, 2010

More Avalanche

So, today we were back for more....avalanche training, that is. As Dan mentioned, we enrolled in a CMC/National Ski Patrol Avalanche Level 1 class. We had two nights of 4-hour lectures, yesterday's field trip and then today's all-day outing.

We drove up past Berthoud Pass to Second Creek. Here we hiked up about a mile while spending an hour at different stations. There was backcountry travel, snow pits, decision making, beacon search, and simple and complex rescue simulations. Thankfully, it was much warmer than yesterday and the wind was not quite as bad. We still didn't see the sun, but I'll take 30 degrees with wind over 16 degrees with wind any day.

Overall, it was a good day and a great course. We learned a lot and hopefully we will never be caught in an avalanche or will never have to rescue anyone from one.

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