AST1 (Avalanche Training) for ice climbers - Saturday, Jan 15, 2022

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The Basics:
Event Type: Course 
Event Location: First day online, second day in kananaskis or banff park (permits required and not included) 
Date(s) & Time:   Saturday, Jan 15, 2022 08:00 AM  
Registration Cut Off:   Wednesday, Jan 05, 2022 08:00 PM  
Event Duration: Two days: Saturday online, Sunday outdoor  
Difficulty Rating:   D1 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Julie Morter
Ryan Fox
Elisabeth Dupuis

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 8
Maximum No. Guests: 0
Minimum Group Size: 6
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 0
Number Registered So Far:   0 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No

Most ice climbs in the rockies involve travel in avalanche terrain . This course is licensed by the Canadian Avalanche Association (AST1) and covers all the basics of hazard and snowpack assessment and risk management and companion rescue. However there is special emphasis on factors more specific to ice and mixed climbing which include long exposure times while climbing and potentially varying conditions in a start zone above the climb compared to those prevailing at lower elevations.

The first day is an online class. The second day is outdoors and covers safe travel, making observations useful in decision making and rescue scenarios.

The use of tools such as the Avalator and ATES ratings and sources of relevant information will be covered.

Required Items to Bring:

• a list will be provided to participants before the course

Typically snowshoes or touring skis are used for travel on the field day. A 40 l day pack, warm clothes, food, thermos, sunglasses and sunscreen are essentials

Special equipment: digital avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe

park passes are required on the second day and not included

Recommended Items to Bring:

How to Get There:
Event Directions:   To be provided to accepted registrants  


This course is taught by Paddy Jerome who is a professional member of the CAA with 20 years of mountain guiding and avalanche forecasting experience

the cost of the course is $270 per person 

Payment Options:
  • Member $270.00 CAD
Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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This course will be a first-come and pay-first-serve. Info for payment (use pay now button) will be sent to you by email once you've signed up. Please familiarize yourselves with the section’s Cancellation Policy.
*Cancellation Policy*: If a participant is unable to attend a paid course or trip, there will be no refund unless the participant finds a suitable replacement that is acceptable to the trip coordinator. Acceptable waiting list candidates will have priority. It will then be the participant's responsibility to recover funds from the replacement. If the coordinator cancels an event, participants get a refund (less any non-recoverable costs). Note that ACC National does not refund hut fees due to weather, delay, closures, or any other reasons. The Calgary Section of the ACC is a not for profit club and we only charge attendees what it costs us to provide courses or trips.

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Registration for this event closed on Wednesday, January 05, 2022 at 08:00 PM.