2017 Class Schedule and Syllabus

NEW! Tuesday Night Classroom Location:
Tuesday evening lectures will be held upstairs at Prospect Congregational United Church, 1919 E Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112, in Capitol Hill.

Weekends one and four are two day events.  Weekends two and three are day trips, however students must keep both Saturday and Sunday free because the choice of day will depend on weather and snow conditions.  The decision on which day we go will be made late in the preceding week.   

Textbooks (provided as part of class fee):
  • Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering, Martin Volken, Scott Schell, and Margaret Wheeler
  • Avalanche Essentials: A step-by-step system for safety and survival, Bruce Tremper
Date Time  Event Location Reading / Packing list
Tues, Jan 10 (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)Students:
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Book pickup, course overview, meet instructors and fellow students

Instructors arrive by 6:30 p.mStudents arrive at 7:30 p.m., Ends by 9:00 p.m.
TBDNone 
Tues, Jan 24 7:00-9:00 p.m.Presentation 1:
Avalanches 101
ChurchReq'd: Volken, "Avalanche 101" pp 87-105 
Recommended: Tremper, Chapters 2 & 3
WEEKEND 1
Sat & Sun,
Jan 28 & 29
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
each day
Lectures and field exercises covering avalanche companion rescue, snow shelters, and map and compass skills.  Stay overnight at the cabin.WAC Cabin 
Snoqualmie Pass
Recommended: Tremper, Chapters 6 & 7
Packing List (subject to change)
Tues, Jan 31
7:00-9:00 p.m.Presentation 2
Forecasts and Observations
ChurchReq'd: Volken, "Observations and Awareness" pp 120-129
Recommended: Tremper, Chapter 4
WEEKEND 2
Sat Feb 4 or 
Sun Feb 5 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.Day trips:  Teamwork, terrain choice, trip planning, navigation, observations.TBDReq'd: Volken, "Uphill Movement", "Transitions", "Downhill Skiing Techniques" pp 140-185, 236-241.  Recommended: Tremper, Chapter 5
Packing List (subject to change)
Tues, Feb 77:00-9:00 p.m.Presentation 3 
Trip Planning and Decision-Making 
ChurchReq'd: Volken, "Tour planning" and "Human Factors and Group Dynamics", pp 83-87, 106-120
Recommended: Tremper, Chapters 1 & 9
WEEKEND 3
Sat Feb 11 or
Sun Feb 12
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. More day trips:  Teamwork, terrain choice, trip planning, navigation, observations.TBDRe-read previous weekend's assignment as needed
Packing List (subject to change)
  BREAK FOR VALENTINE'S DAY (TUES 2/14) AND PRESIDENTS' (MON 2/20)  
Tues, Feb 217:00-9:00 p.m.Presentation 4 
Winter Camping, Trip Planning and Navigation, and Post-graduation Ideas
ChurchReq'd: Volken,  "Taking Care of Yourself and the Mountains" pp 248-258
WEEKEND 4A
Sat-Sun, Feb 25-26 
8 a.m. Sat -
9 p.m. Sun
Overnight snow camping and day tours.TBDPacking List (subject to change)
WEEKEND 4B
Sat-Sun, Mar 4-5
 ^Backup weekend (in case of severe weather or high avalanche danger for weekend #4A). ^ ^

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