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Date Sunday  12/15/2013
End Date Sunday  12/15/2013
Group Denver
Event Title Avalanche Beacon Practice - Skis with Skins or Snowshoes OK
Start Time 8:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Steven Haymes
Member Price Free
Available Participants 4
Type Trip
Trip Type Ski
Pace Moderate
Classification Easy II
Trail Mileage 5
Elevation Gain 500
Driving Distance 70


Trip Location:  East Portal,   Meeting Location:  Meadows Shopping Center, Boulder

For more info Contact

303-444-4765 ONLY between 9 AM and 9 PM


We will go to East Portal for early season snow.  After a quick review on how to conduct a search we will break into teams and practice.  Time permitting, we will do some multi-burial searches too.  You should already know how to operate your beacon.  This is not a substitute for a more formal avalanche class.  Bring your beacon(s) with fresh batteries, shovel, probe, a canvas shopping bag, and a protective container for your beacon.  Limit 8.


If you are coming from Denver and want to carpool and drive directly to East Portal, then contact the leader.

Stop 1 - E end of practice area - Beacon check, new school vs. old school

Stop 2 - Top W end practice area - What to do when an avalanche happens, trip leader vs. trip member

Stop 3 - Top E end of practice area - The 3 stages of a beacon search, plus probing and shoveling

Exercise 1 - Track up the practice area

Exercise 2 - Trip leader lead beacon search and probe

Exercise 3 - Team beacon searches for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours hours maybe longer

Exercise 4 (optional, time and group permitting) - Multiple beacon search, new school vs. old school

Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.