The majority of the course is spent in the field, learning rescue principles and practicing techniques. You will learn how to quickly and effectively carry out single and multiple burial companion rescues. The course also includes an in-depth look at modern avalanche gear including airbag backpacks, 2 and 3 antennae beacons, Avalungs, Recco reflectors, probes, and specialized avalanche shovels. You will also learn patient care principles and strategies for evacuation.
This course meets the American Avalanche Association guidelines for an 8-hour avalanche rescue course and it fulfills the rescue requirements for avalanche level 2. We offer this course just before our AIARE level 2 course to enable participants to combine it with the level 2 course in a convenient 4-day package. It can also be taken prior to a level 1 avalanche course as a stand-alone rescue training.
The group will meet at the Peak Mountain Guides office at 8:00 am for a morning session in the classroom. We begin with introductions and an overview of the course. The remaining time is spent introducing avalanche involvement statistics, avalanche gear, avalanche motion, what to do if caught in a slide, and an overview of the companion rescue process for single and multiple burials. These classroom presentations may include case studies, powerpoint slideshows, and videos to keep everyone engaged and learning. After a short break, we will drive to Crystal Lake for the field portion of the course. We will begin with beacon function checks and range checks. Following this, we will have an in-depth session on single, multiple, and deep burial companion rescue. This will include multiple burial techniques such as micro search strip, three circle, and marking functions. Everyone will get to practice numerous times to gain proficiency. We will spend most of the day in the field so please dress warm and bring plenty of food and water. We will finish the day by 5:00 pm.
The maximum ratio is 6:1. The group size will not exceed 12 students and 2 instructors.
Time and Place
The course will meet at the Peak Mountain Guides office in Ouray, CO and in the backcountry near Red Mountain Pass. The Peak Mountain Guides office is located on 7th Avenue, just downhill from Ouray Hardware & Mercantile. The address is 280 7th Avenue Ouray, CO 81427. Free parking is available on the streets around the office.
Details on lodging/shuttles to Ouray.
It is possible to rent touring equipment from our ski shop: Rental Rates