The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Avalanche Gear; Orientation & Practice for Beginners - Fri, Dec 23 2016

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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:Fri, Dec 23 2016  5:30 PM
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Dec 22 2016 8:00:00 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: 3 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)


Speedy, efficient Companion Rescue offers the best chance of survival for victims caught in avalanches.
Studies show that; of the 75% of burial victims not killed by trauma, about 92% have survived when recovered within 15 minutes.
The need for speed is paramount.
A thorough understanding of how your Transceiver, Probe & Shovel work,
Knowledge of effective search and extraction techniques and
Practice at working as part of the Companion Rescue Team under simulated avalanche conditions
- will reduce anxiety & facilitate quicker more effective action in emergency situations

An avalanche is neither the time nor place to have a first encounter with your gear

5:15 pm - 5:30pm…..Meet @ MEC member services desk (Broadway Store)…… Pick up club or rental gear, Assemble car pools drive to Bean on Mt Seymour Parkway
6:00 pm - 6:10pm…..Meet @ Bean-Around- the-World Parkgate Mall Mt Seymour Rd & Mt Seymour Hwy
6:30 pm …..Meet @ Lower Lunch room of Cafeteria (Upper Parking Lot Mt Seymour
6:40 pm – 8:00 pm....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
Situation Assessment, Team Safety, Rescue Plan, Participant Roles
Primary-Signal search, victim location, bracketing (probe practice)
Victim extraction, Shovelling techniques, Evacuation
9:30 pm…….………Head home
These practice sessions are no substitute for other courses, programs & further learning; members are strongly encouraged to ensure their skills are commensurate with the risks they may possibly encounter

Required Items to Bring:
AVI KITS are made up of Transceiver, Probe & Shovel
Must bring Avi Kit in order to participate
If you don't own a kit, the club has 6 available for free use by members. Deposit Required & Must be returned to Quartermaster following day
Contact Quartermaster Behnam has 3 units & lives near MEC Van
Contact Quartermaster Jay has 3 units & lives in North Van

If all Club Kits are out on loan please borrow or arrange rental from MEC (call 604-872-7858 )

If borrowing Avi Kits from Club or Renting from MEC you will need 3 fresh AAA batteries)

Other Miscellaneous Gear
Boots, gaiters (& over pants a good idea)
Headlamp, Cold & Wet weather clothing as weather conditions indicate

Please indicate your needs (transceiver, probe, and/or shovel) on:

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

Mt Seymour Weather Cam
Mountain Seymour Weather Conditions at 1449 m
Also Please download & read in advance
Avalanche Gear: Orientation, Deployment & Practice for Beginners PDF
Recent research on effective Shovelling techniques PDF

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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 by adding your info on below linked Google doc spreadsheet
Avi Gear workshop Carpool & Gear requirements spread sheet
5:30 pm Depart MEC Vancouver for Bean Around the World Park/Gate Mall
6:00 pm Bean Around The World (Mt Seymour Park/Gate Mall)
6:30 pm Lower lunch room Lodge in Upper Parking lot
6:40 Orientation starts

If it is a long ways out of your way....It's won't be necessary to meet @ MEC (Van)
However, there may be some who need rides & for them meeting @ MEC may be helpful.
If you intend to go directly to Parkgate Mall please meet @ Bean Around the World Parkgate Mall by 6:00 pm
.....At about 6:10 we'll convoy to the Lodge (basement lunch room) in the Upper Parking lot For a 6:40 start
Please indicate in the notes section (when you sign up for this event)
and linked spreadsheet
1.....If you have a car many passengers you could take
3.....which of the meeting spots works best for you

- 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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