Avalanche Level 1 (AIARE) - Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain - Portland
Description: The AIARE Avalanche Level 1 class is a 4 day/24 hour introduction (including both class and field instruction) to avalanche hazard management. The course is expected to: provide a basic understanding of avalanches; describe a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain; focus on identifying the right questions, rather than on providing "answers"; and, give lessons and exercises that are practically oriented, useful, and applicable in the field. Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip; to understand basic decision making while in the field; and, to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried individual (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught). This course is taught by Timberline Mountain Guides in partnership with REI. Student Prerequisites: students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain. Classroom sessions will take place at the Portland REI from 6 pm - 9 pm on Tuesday 1/21 & Thursday 1/23. Two full-day field sessions will take place on Mt. Hood Saturday 1/25 & Sunday 1/26 (exact locations TBD based on currrent conditions).
Skills you'll learn:
- At the end of the Level One course the student should be able to: Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain
- Recognize avalanche terrain
- Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain
- Learn and apply effective companion rescue
Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.
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Avalanche Level 1 (AIARE) - Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain - Portland Information
AVALANCHE LEVEL 1 (AIARE) - DECISION MAKING IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN - PORTLAND
- Class Details
- Gear List
Avalanche Level 1 (AIARE) - Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain - Portland Gear List
Gear to bring to class:
- Warm Hat
- Warm Jacket - Down or Synthetic.
- Water Bottle
- Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
- Daypack - Day pack large enough to carry water, food and layers.
- Warm Socks - Wool or Synthetic.
- Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.
- Insulated/Waterproof Boots - Suitable for snowshoeing.
- Warm Gloves
- Synthetic / wool layers - Clothing that will stay warm when wet.
- alpine touring (AT), telemark, split board, or snowshoe equipment
- Lunch & Snacks
- Energy Snacks
- Change of clothes - A change of clothes to leave in your car and put on after the event.
- Ski Goggles
- Thermos with warm drinks
- Eyewear Retainer - A strap to help keep your glasses or sunglasses from falling off in the event of big splash or a capsize.
- Hydration Compatible Day Pack - 1000-2000 cubic inches with 70-100 oz water bladder
- Lip Balm/Protection
- Hat/ Sun protection - An item to help protect your face and neck from sunburn.
- Extra Warm Synthetic Clothing
Gear provided by REI:
- Avalanche Beacon / Transceiver
- Avalanche Probe
- Group First Aid Kit
- Snow Shovel