Thursday, March 15, 2012

Course Dates for 2012-13 Season

Yes, a little bit early to be planning for the 2012-13 season, but given our current heat wave and meager snowpack, perhaps not (sigh...).

The fall session (mainly classroom, along with some outdoor practice in beacon searching and probe lines, plus a short fitness hike with full winter packs), will be on a November weekend day, most likely November 18 (Sunday), although that could change to a day (or even a week) earlier if we need to juggle conflicts with facility reservations and ski patrol refreshers.

The winter fall sessions will be the weekend of March 2-3.

Details on course content and registration here:

Also, the Mountain Travel & Rescue ("MTR") level 1 course will be held the weekend of October 20-21 on Mt Greylock:
The MTR curriculum is best described as an eclectic mix of basic backpacking skills and low-angle rope rescue.  In keeping with the general approach of the avalanche course, lots of homework assignments before the weekend of the course, but then that means the weekend of the course is reserved for actual hands-on activities.  We start off indoors on the first day only to review our packs and practice basic navigation skills, then we wrap up indoors on the second day with some rescue sled construction.  Otherwise, we're outside, include an overnight campout up on Mt Greylock.
Although the course takes place in the fall, students must pack clothing, shelters, and cooking systems as if we were anticipating winter weather, so as to prepare better for winter ski mountaineering.

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