January 19, 2009 by Matt Hart
Training With The Mountaineers
in an effort to lead backcountry ski trips for the mountaineers i’ve been attending the required classes. ski leader training, avy refresher and a leader ski tour.
some things i made a mental note of during avy refresher:
- most complete burials are four feet down
- most complete burials are found in the prone position (lying face down)
- there are no recorded instances of multiple complete burials where someone did not die. basically that means if two or more of your friends are fully buried, statistically someone isn’t coming home (note that if you bought me an americano on the way to the mtns that morning i’m more likely to dig you up first).
- strategic digging: from the exact spot the beacon indicates start digging downslope 1.5x the probe depth. dig uphill about your arm wing span wide. you are going to be moving a lot of snow and they have about 15 minutes of life…. better get diggin partna.
playing with the bca tracker
k2 skis are very popular in the backcountry (thanks mike hatrup)
the view from a snow trench
pieps dsp beacon
bca tracker beacon