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SMI Level 1 Avalanche Course


Posted by trailhuggersarah on Jan 17, 2007
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Activity Details

Dates: Apr 14, 2007 through Apr 15, 2007
Location: California, United States
City or Place: Bishop
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Categories: Mountaineering
Partner Status: Don't want Partners


.::. Level I

Our Level 1 Course provides a complete introduction to the avalanche phenomenon, avalanche terrain, decision making, and rescue. This is an ideal first course for those new to travel in avalanche terrain and a great review or upgrade for anyone who has some experience or prior training but feels they need a skills "tune-up." The Level 1 is designed as a stand-alone course for back-country travelers; it also serves and an introduction to avalanches and is a lead in to the AIARE Level 2 Course for those who wish to progress.

Participants on a Level 1 Course can expect a minimum of about six hours of classroom instruction and about 10 to 12 hours of field instruction in the following subjects:

· Types of avalanches

· Characteristics of avalanches

· An introduction to how avalanches form and release

· Avalanche terrain

· Trip planning and preparation

· Travel techniques

· Decision making

· Avalanche rescue


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