Avalanche Course Discount at KMG

Winter is here and with it, the opportunity for many of us to get out into the mountains. Catacombs athlete Josh Kling owns Kling Mountain Guides. Beyond just being a cool guy to hang out and ski with, his company offers guide services all over the world... especially here in our own San Juans. We are working on a partnership to get you guys some sweet deals on some of the trips that KMG leads and maybe even some Catacombs family trips. In the meantime though, Josh has a Level 1 Avalanche course coming up with a few spots remaining. The dates are December 9-11; yes, that is next weekend.

If you ski in the backcountry, understanding avalanche safety is critical. KMG does a top-notch job while having a great time. Details are below and Josh is offering Catacombs athletes a 15% discount. Email him directly for more information: jekling@gmail.com.

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Courses: Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain
Our Level One is a 3 day/ 24 hour introduction to avalanche hazard management.  Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn companion rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person.

1.   Introduction to the Avalanche Phenomena
Types and characteristics of avalanches
Avalanche motion
Size classification
The mountain snowpack: an introduction to metamorphism and layering

2.   Observations and Information Gathering
Field observation techniques
Bonding tests: rutschblock, compression test,
Avalanche danger factors; “Red Flags”.
Observation checklist
Avalanche danger scale
Trip Planning and Preparation
Avalanche terrain recognition, assessment, and selection
Route finding and travel techniques
Decision making and Human Factors
Companion Rescue and Equipment