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Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9:00 AM until Sunday, March 4, 2018, 5:00 PM
Saturday: Eldorado Forest Supervisor's Office. Sunday: in field, location TBA
100 Forni Road
In the classroom, we'll expand on the "Know Before You Go" program and talk about the Five Gets (get the gear, get the training, get the forecast, get the picture, and get out of harm's way). We'll discuss how weather, snowpack, terrain, and the human element impact the probability of an avalanche. We'll also talk about avalanche rescue gear, red flags, human factors, and rescue fundamentals.
The second day is in the field, and we'll dig snowpits, practice beacon/probe/shovel rescue, make snowpack observations, and look for red flags. You will need skis or snowshoes; appropriate clothing for a day in the snow; food; water; and a daypack to carry your gear in. On Saturday, we'll remind every one of the gear to bring on Sunday, and will provide directions to Sunday's meeting place.
The first day of the class will be at the Eldorado Forest Supervisor's Office. The mailing address is 100 Forni Road, but the physical location is Briw Road. Driving directions:
Coming from the West (ie, Sacramento): take exit 44B (Placerville Dr/Forni Rd). Turn left (east) onto Forni Rd. Turn right at the next stop sign, onto Briw Road. Turn right into the first driveway, and drive behind the building to park. The conference room is at the south end of the building, along the back parking lot.
Coming from the East (ie, Pollock Pines): take exit 44B (Placerville Dr/Forni Rd). Turn left at the signal, cross over the freeway, and then veer left onto Forni Road. At the second stop sign turn right onto Briw Road. Turn right into the first driveway and drive behind the building to park. The conference room is at the south end of the building, along the back parking lot.
The second day of the class will be in the field; the location will be discussed during the first day's class.