Advanced Transceiver Search

A great refresher and enhancer of your transceiver skills.

January 21, 2017 - January 21, 2017

$125.00
Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System

Overall Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Skills Required: Some prior Transceiver use recommended

Fitness Level: Not Very Strenuous

 

  • Category: Ski
  • Ratio: 5:1,10:2
Many back country users have a solid and basic foundation on how to use an avalanche transceiver. How about multiple burials or the latest beacon technology? A great refresher and enhancer to what you might already know.
Course Curriculum: This course will be held near the Alpental Lodge at Snoqualmie Pass (WA). The majority of the time will be spent in the outdoors, but there will be an indoor component in order to explain the principles better. Ski equipment is welcome, but not needed for this course. Please be dressed for winter conditions in the Cascades. Do not forget gaiters if you are not using ski touring boots. Most likely, there will be work in unconsolidated snow conditions. We will be working in short walking distance from the Lodge, so lunch can be had in the field or at the Lodge.  Key points that will be covered are: •            Comparison of beacons on the market •            The shovel, the beacon and the probe •            Digital versus analog technology and downward compatibility •            A short review of the grid search •            Introduction to flux line search •            Multiple burials in analog mode •            Multiple burials in digital mode •            The "special mode" of the BCA Tracker •            The Three Circle Search and flagging functions •            Shoveling and probing techniques •            More complex multiple burial scenarios •            The future of beacon technology •            Strategic probing and shoveling

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ADVANCED BEACON SEARCH COURSE
EQUIPMENT LIST AND FAQ’S
 
FAQ’S
WHERE WILL THE COURSE TAKE PLACE?
THE COURSE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE ALPENTAL SKI AREA.  WE WILL MEET AT THE DENNY MOUNTAIN LODGE.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Get there by driving Interstate 90 to the West Summit exit on Snoqualmie Pass. Go left at the stop sign and follow the road to the Main Parking lot of the Alpental ski area. Go across the bridge and take a right into the Lodge.  Account for about an hour of driving time from the Seattle area.
I have done some beacon training in the past. Is there really any value in it for me?
You might be surprised. There is a lot going on in beacon technology right now and it is hard to stay on top of it all. There is also a big difference in the basic principles of single victim burials and more complicated multiple burials. Even our instructors seem to get confronted with new scenarios constantly.
 
 
CLOTHING
•            BASE  LAYER
o            1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight
o            1 Top - midweight or lightweight
o            Sock Liners
o            Ski Socks
•            MID LAYER
o            Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessary
•            OUTERWEAR
o            Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket
o            Schoeller™  Type Pants
o            Warm Hat - should cover ears
o            Sun Hat - baseball type or visor
o            Lightweight Gloves
o            Ski Gloves
 
PERSONAL GEAR
o            Day Pack – 25 to 40 Liters
o            Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth, hydration system
o            Lunch and Snacks - appropriate for a full day outing
o            Sunglasses - adequate for snow travel
o            Goggles
o            Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproof
o            Lip Balm - SPF 15+
o            Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended
 
BOOTS
o            A warm and waterproof winter boot
o            Gaiters
 
SAFETY GEAR
o            Transceiver - single frequency,  457 kHz only
o            Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred
o            Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not suffice
 
OPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate.
o            Down or Synthetic Jacket
o            Thermos - vacuum type
o            Pencil and paper – there will be a lot of good information worth writing down
 
GROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGS  
o            Technical Group Gear
o            Group 1st Aid Kit