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ArticleId: 2107 Written: 2008.12.14 by: Frank W. Baumann

Recreational Avalanche Course for Mountaineering Club Trip Leaders and Members

A low-cost recreational avalanche course designed for individuals that are affiliated with a climbing club, such as the BCMC or the ACC, will be given in the Vancouver area on January 31 and February 1st. This will be a practical and comprehensive course based on a curriculum that is recognized all over the world by climbing clubs or winter recreationists. It is hoped that this will eventually become a standard program taught to members of mountaineering clubs in British Columbia who do not require the specific certification or endorsement that may be required by someone involved in a commercial or professional venture.

You should check with your club executive if you wish to enroll.


Comments

#1113 - 2008.12.17 Paul Kubik - Practical versus technical snowpack analysis
Frank doesn't mention if he's instructing the course but I took one he instructed in the late 1970s or 1980. It was excellent and is the only formal instruction I've received on avalanche safety. It was multi-weekend format coupled with classroom instruction, I recall. The art or science (I'm not sure which it is) of prediction has evolved considerably since then and become more systematized. For professional forecasters, researchers and advanced technicians it is definitely the way to go. For recreational users I find the presentation of field notes as an alternative to plain language geared to the average snow country recreationist is less than practical. Based on Frank's earlier discussion comments I would suspect the course is geared towards the practical rather than the technical.