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Date Tuesday  2/26/2013
Group Denver
Event Title Denver Group AIARE Level 1 Avalanche School - Session 2
Status Unknown
Group Price $195.00
Available Participants No tickets left
Type Members Only (Programs/Education)


American Mountaineering Center, Golden, CO

For more info Contact

Tom Creighton


Session 2 of AIARE Level 1 avalanche training is a 24-hour avalanche course offered over three days for winter backcountry travel. This course is required for Denver Group winter backcountry trip leaders certified after September 30, 2011.
This course is open to current members of all CMC Groups.
Session 2 of the AIARE Level 1 lecture class will be held on two evenings Feb 26 and 28 from 7pm - 10pm at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden with the Field Trips on Saturday and Sunday, March 2 & 3 held all day in the backcountry of the Empire/Berthoud Pass area.
Carpools will leave from the CMC North (Coors lot) at 6:30am on each Field Day morning returning after the day's events.
Prerequisites: Travel on the field days will be by skis, snowboards or snowshoes. Students should be: 1) in good physical fitness condition to be in the winter backcountry for up to 6 hours 2) able to carry a 10# backpack 3) whether skiing, boarding or snowshoeing wide basket poles are required 4) skiing skills should be at an intermediate backcountry level, able to control short and medium radius turns on the equivalent slope of a blue resort run in almost any snow condition 5) snow shoers must be able to travel off-trail
6) snowboarders must either travel with snow shoes (and have a backpack in which a snowboard can securely attached) or be on a split-board 7) skiers only full length glue-on climbing skins, properly fitted prior to the course are allowed (NO snake skins, kicker skins, etc) 8) skiers - you need to have your have bindings checked and properly adjusted by a professional (this means that if you need to rent skis you need to do so prior to the 1st day of the course and be certain of the binding adjustments prior to the field day).
Participants will need to have a digital avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel. CMC can provide these in special cases, but students will need them if they are to take advantage of their training. Contact the school director,Tom Creighton, at if you have questions. Many commercial winter gear shops rent these as a package.
This in-house AIARE Level 1 School has reduced the fee from $240 its initial year to $195 per student in its second year. Scholarships for leaders are available through Denver Safety & Leadership Committee for 50% of the 2013 fee. Go to and select the Trip Leader tab at the top of the page for the scholarship application or contact Linda Lawson at or 303/793-0144.


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