Course Outline

Overview

Evening Presentations

Evening presentations will be held upstairs at Prospect Congregational United Church, 1919 E Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112, in Capitol Hill.

Weekends

Weekends 1 and 4 are two-day events. Weekends 2 and 3 are day trips, however students must keep both Saturday and Sunday free because the choice of day will depend on weather and snow conditions. The decision on which day we go will be made late in the preceding week. Weekend 5 is a backup weekend to be used if the Weekend 4 overnight trip needs to be canceled due to weather or snow conditions. Please keep this weekend available; we have used the backup weekend more often than not!

Textbooks (provided as part of class fee)

  • Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering, Martin Volken, Scott Schell, and Margaret Wheeler
  • Avalanche Essentials: A step-by-step system for safety and survival, Bruce Tremper

Each week's presentation will have an associated reading list from these books and other online resources.

Online Quizzes

There are online pre-presentation quizzes on each week's topics to help check for understanding of the reading materials and gather student questions for the lecturers.

Syllabus

Meet And Greet

WHAT Meet instructors and fellow students. Course overview. Pick up books.

WHEN Tuesday, January 15th,

Instructors: arrive by 6:30 PM.

Students: 7:30 - 9:30 PM

WHERE Capitol Hill

Lecture 1

WHAT AIARE 1 Refresher (Pro presenter)

WHEN Tuesday, January 22nd, 7-9 PM.

WHERE Church 1919 E Prospect St, Seattle, WA 98112

Weekend 1

WHAT Lectures and field exercises covering avalanche companion rescue, snow shelters, map and compass navigation skills, snow profiles. Stay overnight at the WAC Cabin. We will be on our touring gear for some activities.

WHEN Saturday and Sunday, January 26th and 27th. 8 AM - 5 PM each day.

WHERE WAC Guy Cabin, 19101 Alpental Access Rd, Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068

Lecture 2

WHAT Trip planning and decision making (Pro Presenter)

WHEN Tuesday, January 29th, 7-9 PM.

WHERE Church 1919 E Prospect St, Seattle, WA 98112

Weekend 2

WHAT Day tour 1. Teamwork, terrain choice, trip planning, navigation, observations.

WHEN Saturday, February 2nd or Sunday, February 3rd.

WHERE In the Mountains, TBD

Lecture 3

WHAT Navigation tools Intro. Winter Camping. Weather 1, forecasts and observations (Pro Presenter).

WHEN Tuesday, February 5th, 7-9 PM.

WHERE Church 1919 E Prospect St, Seattle, WA 98112

Weekend 3

WHAT Day tour 2. Teamwork, terrain choice, trip planning, navigation, observations.

WHEN Saturday, February 9th or Sunday, February 10th.

WHERE In the Mountains, TBD

BREAK WEEK

Valentine's Day, President's Day

Lecture 4

WHAT Heuristic Traps, Risk and Consequences. Navigational Tools.

WHEN Tuesday, February 19th, 7-9 PM.

WHERE Church 1919 E Prospect St, Seattle, WA 98112

Weekend 4

WHAT Overnight snow camping. Day tours Saturday and Sunday.

WHEN Saturday and Sunday, February 23rd and 24th. All day both days.

WHERE In the Mountains, TBD

Lecture 5

WHAT End to End Tour Planning and Weather Models. Transition to Spring touring.

WHEN Tuesday, February 26th, 7-9 PM.

WHERE Church 1919 E Prospect St, Seattle, WA 98112

Weekend 5 (Backup weekend)

WHAT Used if weekend 4 is canceled due to weather or snow conditions. Overnight snow camping. Day tours Saturday and Sunday.

WHEN Saturday and Sunday, March 2nd and 3rd. All day both days.

WHERE In the Mountains, TBD