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Trip Information
Name: Avalanche Transceiver & Rescue Training
Starts: Sat Jan 28, 2017
Meetup: Details provided in planning forum
Return: Sat Jan 28, 2017

Registration opens: Thu Jan 12, 2017
Event category: Instructional Program
Difficulty grade: A1  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 16

Organizer: Winifred Swatschek
Profile info:
Trip Planning Questions

What avalanche skills training do you have? Please include practice information.

What avalanche transceiver do you have?

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Participant Information

This training session is a nice compliment to the AST-1; however, previous training or practice is not a requirement.


Skills Covered

  • General
    • pre-trip procedures
    • trailhead procedures
  • Transceiver
    • search basics
      • primary
      • secondary
      • pin point/grid
    • two-burial situation, especially for those without the ability to mark/flag the first transceiver
  • Rescue
    • probing & digging techniques
    • putting it all together: companion rescue


  • Required
    • transceiver
    • container to protect buried transceiver*
    • shovel
    • probe
    • headlamp
    • snowshoes or skis (snowshoes are recommend for convenience)

* NOTE: Tupperware/rubbermaid containers will crack/break in the cold; a hard probe strike or shovel strike will break your transceiver. Solutions: a small piece of thin plywood to put over the transceiver; I have a pelican case I use for mine. A metal cookie tin is not suitable (Faraday Cage) but the lid or shovel blade over top is fine.


Registration Information

Course Fee: $20 CAD.
Please note that the course organizers are volunteers donating their time and sharing their knowledge. Your course fee is paid directly to the BCMC. If the organizers cancel the course then anyone that has paid the course fee will receive a full refund.

Registration Process

  1. Click "Join this Trip" to be added to the "Request List"
  2. After the organizer approves your request, your name will be placed in the "Waiting List"
  3. You will then have access to the "Pay Now" (PayPal) button to pay online.
  4. After payment has been confirmed by PayPal, your name will be moved to the "Confirmed List" and a confirmation email will be sent to you. 

Notes about the "Confirmed List":
 1) Confirmed List ordering will be based on when course fee payments were received.
 2) Group total, including organizers, is limited by "Max participants:".
 3) Cancellation fees may apply if a "Confirmed" participant withdraws from the course and requests a refund.  For more information, please review the BCMC Course Refund Policy.

 Payment Options

  1. Online PayPal / Credit Card payment through the BCMC website is preferred,
  2. The alternate method is send a cheque payable to the B.C. Mountaineering Club and mailed to PO Box 2674, Vancouver, BC V6B 3W8.  Allow time for delivery since payment will not be considered "received" until the cheque has been deposited into the BCMC bank account.  Contact the organizer to request a space on the "Confirmed List" be held for you.

NOTE: cancellation fees may apply if a "Confirmed" participant withdraws from the course and requests a refund.  For more information, please review the BCMC Course Refund Policy.


The organizers will check the weather forecast the evening before and cancel the course if there is a weather forecast for 'heavy' rain and wind, i.e. a "Storm Warning".  If the organizers decide to cancel the course then full refunds will be issued by the BCMC as soon as possible.  Also note, if the organizer(s) decides to remove a participant that has already paid, possibly for not preparing as requested, then a full refund will be provided by the BCMC.

 Emergency Info

Please make sure your Emergency Contact info has been added to your web-account profile.  You can do this by logging into the bcmc.ca website, then click on: My Account > Edit Profile Information > Private Info and add your Emergency Name and Phone Number info.  Please re-enter your current password to complete the process.  Your emergency contact info is stored *privately* and only made available to those organizing events that *you* choose to attend.

 Medical Issues

If there are any current medical issues that should be shared with the course organizers, please send an email message and/or phone the primary organizer ASAP.  For example, if you are very allergic to bee/wasp bites, or you are taking medication that could be vital information to First Aid Responders.  Anything you choose to share with us will remain private.

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