Level 1 Avalanche Course

May 18-20, 2009

By special request we organized a late season Level 1 Avalanche Course.  As springtime is well under way here in the Eastern Sierra the warming temperatures and increasingly longer days guide people’s thoughts towards summertime activities.  Up in the high country there is still lots of snow and avalanches are still a very real danger.  It is easy to get complacent during this time of year even though the danger is still there.

A few pictures are below.  The rest of the photo gallery can be viewed here:  http://kurtwedberg.smugmug.com/gallery/8291502_bRHrW/1/542926864_dNqEr

View of the High Sierra at the South Lake Trailhead. Theres still a lot of snow in the high country!

Practicing a search for a buried person withh a transceiver, probe, and shovel.

Practicing a search for a buried person withh a transceiver, probe, and shovel.

Testing for reactive layers in the snowpack using a shovel compression test.

Testing for reactive layers in the snowpack using a shovel compression test.

Examining snow crystals through a magnifying glass.

Examining snow crystals through a magnifying glass.

Skinning up Old Mans Bowl near Mt. Morrison where we will conduct some tests on the snowpack.

"Skinning" up Old Man's Bowl near Mt. Morrison where we will conduct some tests on the snowpack.

The reward for climbing up a mountain is making turns in the untracked snow!

The reward for climbing up a mountain is making turns in the untracked snow!

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