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Date Sunday  2/26/2017
End Date
Group Fort Collins
Event Title Field workshop on avalanche avoidance
Start Time 8:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Ward Whicker
Co-Leader John Raich
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants No tickets left
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Casual
Classification Moderate BI
Trail Mileage 6
Elevation Gain 1600
Driving Distance 120


Meet in parking lot of Pringles Liquors on the NW corner of Taft Hill and Drake Roads in SW Fort Collins to form car pool

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To register, contact Ward Whicker by email at <>.


This snowshoe trip in the Cameron Pass area in upper Poudre Canyon is designed to help CMC trip leaders and participants that engage in snowshoe and nordic ski outings learn to distinguish between avalanche terrain and non-avalanche terrain. The dividing line between these classifications is not always that obvious to those lacking formal training equivalent to AIARE Level 1, and that line can vary somewhat depending on time of year and current weather and snow conditions.  Also, classroom lectures help, but actual experience in or near true avalanche terrain is more instructive.  We will do a snowshoe tour in the Montgomery and Cameron Pass areas to observe actual avalanche terrain and adjacent terrain where avalanche risk is at or near zero.  Estimation and measurement of slope angles will be practiced, and numerous examples of risky and totally safe areas will be pointed out and discussed.  Clues as to what constitutes avalanche terrain versus non-avalanche terrain will be pointed out and discussed. We will finish at some of the parking areas at and near Cameron Pass to observe and discuss various avalanche paths that occur in most years.  


Note:  We will not actually enter avalanche terrain, but will be near potentially hazardous areas so they can be easily viewed and studied.  Avalanche rescue gear will not be needed on this trip.

Logistical details will be sent to participants a few days ahead of the trip.

CMC leaders who offer snowshoe and nordic ski trips will be given preference on the roster.