CTC Avalanche Awareness (Custom Course) August 8, 2020
***This is a private course for current members of the Christchurch Tramping Club***
This is a 2-day introductory avalanche awareness course that focuses on identifying avalanche terrain and understanding what causes avalanches. Understanding the NZ Backcountry Avalanche Advisory is a vital skill that you will learn on this course. This is a practical field-based course with some theory to increase your understanding. This course is approved by (MSC) Mountain Safety Council. You will gain an MSC certificate in Avalanche Awareness upon completion of this course.
Where will this course be delivered?
We meet at the Darfield Bakery in Darfield on Saturday morning (30 mins from Christchurch). The avalanche awareness course has two parts. Two days of practical training & an afternoon/evening theory session. The practical training is delivered in the Craigieburn range near Castle Hill Village, and the theory component is delivered at the lodge in Arthurs Pass Village.
Accommodation on Saturday night is at the CTC club hut in Arthurs Pass Village.
Please note: CTC Hut fees are not included in the course fees.
Can I hire gear if I don’t have my own?
Your welcome to bring your own gear or borrow from a friend.
If you don’t have the gear you need for this course no problem, we have everything you need available to hire. We usually sort gear rental a little closer to the course.
The postponement dates for this course are 5-6 September.
Avalanche awareness course includes
- Introduction to the NZ Backcountry Avalanche Advisory
- Mountain Weather in NZ
- Using an avalanche transceiver
- Probing techniques
- Snow Shoveling technique
- Small party rescue scenarios
- Identifying avalanche terrain
- Identifying terrain traps
- Introduction to safe travel techniques
“Gideon [the instructor] was passionate about the information he was passing on to us and that reflected in the theory teaching and practical…. We were always kept safe and the technical knowledge we gained will keep us informed for a long time. I have taken away a lot away from this course.”
“Got a great deal out of the course in terms of both theory and practice.”
“Communication before and during the course were excellent. Facilities were great. Plenty of chances to practice skills.”