Alaska Avalanche School - hosting AST1CF - Anchorage / Petersville, AK

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AST Level 1 – CLASSROOM EXERCISES

Meeting Time – Saturday, March 4, 2017
8:30am – Doors open
9:00am – 5:30pm – Class

Meeting Location – Gate Creek Cabins
21800 Towns Place
Trapper Creek, AK 99683, USA
907-733-1394

Please arrange to bring food and beverages to look after yourselves for the weekend!
A course video will be watched over the lunch hour on Saturday and everyone must stay and eat in.

The AST Level 1 is considered the minimum level of training that all backcountry riders should have to learn to avoid dangerous avalanche terrain. The AST 1 is an excellent introduction to “how not to get caught”…avalanche terrain recognition skills, snowpack theory, rescue skills and overall risk management… READ MORE

PRIOR TO ARRIVING AT THE CLASSROOM SESSION, PLEASE TAKE SOME TIME TO REVIEW THESE LINKS.

1) Current Avalanche Forecasts – Avalanche.org this is a master page for the US. Use this page to navigate to a specific riding areas or click on of these direct links below. Some organizations offer regular forecasts, others offer current observations or occasional reports. Stay in touch with these web pages even when you aren’t riding to maintain a handle on the local conditions.

2) The Avaluator This is a useful decision-making tool that we will be working with during the class & field.

3) Recommended Backcountry Gear Detailed listing of gear that you might consider packing. You don’t need everything on the list but its not a bad idea if you carry it all in your riding group. Having the right tool for the job speeds everyone up and simplifies any emergency. If you pack less gear be prepared to improvise and take more time to get a similar end result.


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INDOOR RESCUE WORKSHOP

Meeting Time – Wed, March 8, 2017 – Alaska Mining & Diving

6:00pm – Doors open
6:30pm – 9:30pm – Class

THIS CLASS IS ESSENTIALLY FREE – Visit any of these dealers to purchase a seat in this workshop for $50. Upon completion of the workshop, Zac’s will stamp your workshop ticket and it will turn into a $50 gift card that you can use in the store that you originally purchased the Rescue Workshop ticket at.

Details – This will be an indoor presentation and hands on introductory workshop. It is highly recommended, but not necessary to BRING YOUR PERSONAL TRANSCEIVER, PROBE, SHOVEL, BACKPACK, AND WINTER GLOVES. Some demo units will be available. Please dress for the weather as we may take the opportunity to go outdoors for part of the program.

If you should ever find yourself in the situation to need it, the transceiver search should be second nature, freeing your mind up for more complicated rescue needs. Learn how transceivers operate and methods to use when searching for multiple signals.
Digital or analog….what is the best?
Single search, multiple search…learn tips to improve speed and quality.

Avalanche probes and shovels look pretty simple, but… CLICK HERE for more information about Zac’s Tracs Indoor Rescue Workshop programs.

It is recommended that you label all personal gear with your name to prevent loss.

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AST 1 Mountain Field Session

Meeting Time – Sunday, March 5, 2017
8:30am – Ready to ride
5:30pm – Return

Meeting Location – Gate Creek Cabins
A certificate of completion for the AST1 is awarded to those riders that complete the hands-on mountain field session.
Mountain training is very important. Understanding the signs of unstable snow, choosing terrain and proper travel habits are the key to managing the risks in avalanche areas. Habits are hard to break but by actually…

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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


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