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

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

Tuesday, January 15th, Students: 7:30 - 9:30 PM Instructors: arrive by 6:30 PM. Capitol Hill

Presentation 1

AIARE 1 Refresher (Pro presenter)

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

Weekend 1

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.

Saturday and Sunday, January 26th and 27th. 8 AM - 5 PM each day. WAC Cabin, Snoqualmie Pass

Presentation 2

Weather 1, forecasts and observations (Pro Presenter). Navigation tools.

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

Weekend 2

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

Saturday, February 2nd or Sunday, February 3rd. In the Mountains, TBD

Presentation 3

Trip planning and decision making (Pro Presenter)

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

Weekend 3

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

Saturday, February 9th or Sunday, February 10th. In the Mountains, TBD

BREAK WEEK

Valentine's Day, President's Day

Presentation 4

Winter camping. Weather 2.

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

Weekend 4

Overnight snow camping. Day tours Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday and Sunday, February 23rd and 24th. All day both days. In the Mountains, TBD

Presentation 5

Risk and human factors. Transition to Spring touring.

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

Weekend 5 (Backup weekend)

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

Saturday and Sunday, March 2nd and 3rd. All day both days. In the Mountains, TBD