The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Avalanche Gear; Orientation & Practice for Beginners - Thu, Feb 14 2013

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PRE-REGISTRATION MAY BE REQUIRED. Please review the event details carefully, and if registration is required and you'd like to join us, you must sign up at the bottom of this page. Non-member guests must contact the leader (see Notes below) to register. If payment is required for this event, you will be expected to send your payment to the Event Leader - payable to the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section.

The Basics:
Event Type:Training
Event Location:MEC Broadway Store / Mount Seymour
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Feb 14 2013  5:00 PM
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Feb 16 2013 5:00:00 PM
Event Duration:4 hours
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Event Leader(s): Rob Brusse
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, All Ages Welcome
Attendee Screening: Registration is First-Come/First-Serve
Number Registered So Far: 15 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)


To coordinate rides for passengers & drivers and so we know who is meeting us at each location please indicate if you are a driver (and how many spaces in your car) or passenger AND where you will meet the group please add your info on linked Google doc spreadsheet below
Avi Gear workshop Carpool & Gear requirements spread sheet
5:00 pm - 5:30pm…..Meet @ MEC (Broadway)…… Pick up rental gear, Assemble car pools
6:00 pm - 6:10pm…..Meet @ Bean-Around- the-World Parkgate Mall Mt Seymour Rd & Mt Seymour Hwy
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm…..Meet @ Lower Lunch room of Cafeteria (Upper Parking Lot Mt Seymour)
Introductions, Review outline & plan for the evening. Conduct gear orientation & deployment

8:00 pm - 9:25 pm…..Field practice……3 -5 sets Companion rescue simulations
Team Safety, Rescue Plan, Participant Roles. Signal search, victim location (probe practice)
Victim extraction, Shovelling techniques, Evacuation

9:30 pm…….………Head for home
This is not a substitute for existing courses; members are encouraged to enhance their skills to levels appropriate to the risks they intend to undertake

Required Items to Bring:

Transceiver, probe, shovel, fresh batteries (if renting from MEC you will need to buy 3 AAA batteries)
Good boots, Headlamp, Cold & Wet weather clothing as weather conditions indicate
Weather Conditions link to Mountain
For those who need to rent avi gear MEC offers ACC-Van a special 1/2 price Group Rental discount
For members to benefit from the program Leaders need to reserve group needs in advance
Please indicate your needs (transceiver, probe, and/or shovel) on : linked Google doc spreadsheet
Avi Gear workshop Carpool & Gear requirements spread sheet

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Ski’s or snowshoes not required
Snacks & liquids as desired
Hiking / ski Pole if desired
If it’s icy…bring yak-trax & ice axe
Helpful Resource Documents…..Please down load & read in advance

Avalanche Gear: Orientation, Deployment & Practice for Beginners PDF

Recent research on effective Shovelling techniques PDF

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

5:00 pm MEC Vancouver....rental desk
6:00 pm Bean Around The World (Mt Seymour Parkway Mall)
6:20 pm Lower lunch room Lodge in Upper Parking lot.
6:30 Orientation starts
8:00 Field excercises
9:30 head home

If it is a long ways out of your way....It's not necessary to meet @ MEC (Van) However, there may be some who need rides & for them meeting @ MEC may be helpful. If travelling directly to Mount Seymour our aim is to meet @ Bean around the world (Mt Seymour Parkway & Mt Seymour Rd) @ 6:00 pm.....after that we'll convene at the Lodge (basement lunch room) Upper Parking lot. for a 6:20 start Please let us know in the notes section how many passengers you could take in your car.
- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in ACC VA events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Etiquette Guidelines!
Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!

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