Tumbler Ridge, BC - AST1 Mountain Field Sessions

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Ryan Shelly – Field Instructor
summitavalancheconsulting@gmail.com
780-978-0015

Date – March 12, 19, or 20, 2016
*Meeting Time: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm *

Core Lodge riding area, SW of Tumbler Ridge.
Driving Directions from Grande Prairie:
Drive through Beaverlodge and take a right heading west toward Goodfare on Hwy 671. You will drive through the Kelly Lake Reservation, continue until you come to a T-intersection, take a left onto the Heritage Highway. Stay on this Heritage Highway which is a mix of paved and unpaved sections until you reach signs for Boulder Gardens and the Peace River Coal Quintette Mine. Follow the road also known as the Core Lodge Road and stay left when you reach a T-intersection with a stop sign.
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Driving Directions from Dawson Creek:
Drive to Tumbler Ridge. Drive south (left onto Heritage Highway) out of Tumbler Ridge for about 30kms towards the Peace River Mine Road and turn right off the highway. Follow the road also know as the Core Lodge Road and stay left when you reach a T intersection with a stop sign.
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Check out the photos above of road signs that will help get you there if you have never been there before. The upper left photo is the blue sign as you approach the Core Lodge road from the Heritage Highway. The lower (wide) photo is the Core Lodge road itself that you need to turn onto. Upper right photo is the sign indicating the way to the Core Lodge staging area itself, once you see this white with red sign take your next left and 2nd right and you are there!

Looking for some good data for the North Rockies? Check out this page of links that we have assembled for you. Avalanche Safety Resources for the North Rockies and other areas of BC

Tumbler Ridge Ridge Runners website.

Download a map of the local riding areas, please CLICK HERE.

TO BRING:

  • All your avalanche gear – transceiver and a backpack with probe, shovel (airbags are not necessary)
  • AVALUATOR – slope evaluation card (received in the classroom – $15 if you forget) See below.
  • Companion Rescue Card (‘soft’ water resistant paper card received in the classroom) See below.
  • Warm clothes, thick soled boots for standing on the snow all day
  • Any emergency gear that you would normally bring on a day of riding
  • Lunch, thermos with hot beverage. NO ALCOHOL
  • Even for those that completed your waivers in the classroom it is necessary to complete another Waiver of Liability before the field session. Please download the waiver by CLICKING HERE If you print and read this beforehand you can bring it to the staging area and one of your instructor’s will act as your witness. We will bring copies of the waiver to the staging area however it is a bit nicer for you to complete the paperwork ahead of time rather than in the snow!

Be prepared to travel home in the dark. Days are short this time of year.

When traveling from your home to Valemount please allow enough time to account for road conditions, closures due to road maintenance, avalanche control and vehicle accidents. Class will still run if the highways are closed! Please plan accordingly.

Not quite sure what to bring to the field session? CLICK HERE

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*RECOMMENDED PRIOR TO ARRIVING AT THE FIELD SESSION, PLEASE READ THE RESCUE RESOURCES ARTICLE AND COMPLETE THE APPLICABLE FIELDS IN THE SAMPLE 2 PAGE TRIP PLAN. This exercise should/could be completed with your riding group.
Rescue Resources – Trip Plan
Discuss the unique needs and resources available to backcountry users of riding areas like the Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Pine Pass, Kakwa….

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