Winter's here! Need proof? My first work for winter was to teach an AIARE 1 course in avalanche science and safety over the first weekend of December. The photos below are from Day 2. This course had a unique format for Pro Guiding Service - two evening sessions to take care of classroom subjects, and then two field days.
Pro Guiding Service usually offers this class as three full days - with a classroom and field portion each day. Its a better format, even if its a little inconvenient. Historically, this first class of the season was taught in cooperation with a local REI - this year, that arrangement was ended but not before the class filled. No worries - we found a great venue at the Sammamish Club and ran with it. And the weather god was good to us and we had a great snowpack to work with. Two field days to Alpental were wet but very applicable.
Interested in learning more about avalanche safety? Check out PGS offerings here, and a couple additional private offerings from me here.
|Dave Jordan and Erin Smart demonstrating a few simple|
field tests in a pit near Alpental. Photo | Sara Lingafelter
|Solveig Waterfall and I doing the same with a second group nearby.|