The intro to the backcountry course covers a general overview of how to prepare and execute a successful day in the backcountry including; essential avalanche hazard information, basic route finding skills, tips and tricks on efficiently using backcountry gear, and an introduction to the variety of resources and information available to the savvy backcountry traveler.
During the course participants can expect to be presented with the following topics:
- How to use the gear specific to your backcountry sport (telemark, alpine touring, or split-board)
- How to prepare and plan for a tour
- What to wear and what to bring
- How to understand an avalanche forecast
- How to identify avalanche terrain
- Basics of route selection/terrain features
- Basic skinning techniques and setting skin tracks
- How to be efficient with transitions from uphill-downhill and vice-versa
- Basic rescue techniques
- Basic of items required for first aid and repair kits
This course will build a great foundation for students looking to continue on with additional avalanche education/certification in the future.
Due to that fact that participants who register for this course come with a wide variety of knowledge and skill sets, there is not a preset itinerary for this course. Daily lessons and activities will largely be decided upon by the group with the course instructor taking into consideration the group's make-up and each member's individual backgrounds and personal goals.