My Climb/Rescue Resume

2018 CALENDAR
  1. Wilderness First Aid, March 24-25, 2018

2017 CALENDAR
  1. Silver Falls Trail Maintenance, October 14th, 2017
  2. Silverton Oregon Eclipse Resources
  3. Chemeketan Climb School, April 2017
  4. Intermediate Snow Skills Class, April 30th, 2017

2016 CALENDAR
  1. Wilderness First Aid (October 8-9th 2016 - Silver Falls State Park)
  2. AHA Heartsaver CPR class, September 30th (Drakes Crossing Fire Station)
  3. Intermediate Snow Skills, May 7th 2016
  4. Chemeketan Climb School - April 20, 27 (classroom) and April 30-May 1 (Field) 2016 
  5. March 19, 2016 - Silver Falls Trail Maintenance
  6. CPR Training (AHA Heartsaver) January 29, 2016
2015 CALENDAR
  1. Silver Falls State Park Trail Maintenance, March 14, 2015 
  2. Silver Falls Interpretive Volunteers Needed  
  3. Marion County Team 18 SAR, WFA Class, Camp Tolaoli, May 30-31
  4. Adult and Child CPR and AED class, October  TBD
  5. Wilderness First Aid, Silver Falls November 7-8 
TRACK CLIMB TEAMS PROGRESS
  1. Current (Climbs in the last 7 days) location via SPOT Satellite messenger
WEATHER, FIRE, SNOW and ROADS
  1. North Oregon/ S. Wash Cascades Weather Forecast
  2. NW Avalanche Center (seasonal)
  3. Timberline Lodge Web Cam #1
  4. Other Mt Hood Webcams
  5. Government Camp Web Cam
  6. Santiam Pass Web Cam
  7. Mt Bachelor Webcams
  8. Inciweb (Up to date Regional Fire reporting system)
  9. NW Avalanche Center (enabled for mobile phones)
 CLIMBING CLUBS AND WEBSITES
  1. Cascadeclimbers.com
  2. Chemeketans (Salem) Climb Calendar
  3. Chemeketans Climb Leaders Contact Information
  4. Cascade Adventures (Steve Doughtery)
  5. Mazamas (Portland)
  6. Santiam Alpine
  7. Summit Post

Wilderness First Aid - March 2018

The 18-hour Wilderness First Aid course sponsored by the Climbing Section of the  Chemeketan outdoor club at Silver Falls State Park  March 24-25, 2018.

The class will run from 8 am to 7 pm on Saturday and 8 am to 5 pm on Sunday.  The course will cover first aid skills and decision-making using realistic emergency medical scenarios as might be encountered on a climbing, hiking or backpacking trip in the Cascades.  This will be a fun, intense, hands-on course that includes simulated-terrifying outdoor scenarios in dark, cold, wet, chaotic conditions. (See pictures from previous course.) Students receive a WFA certification card good for 2 years. 


Instructors, coaches 

  1. Mike Niemeyer, Wilderness Advanced-EMT (Bio)
  2. Jackie Niemeyer, RN 
  3. Dr. Mark Olson, M.D.

PREREQUISITES and PREPARATION

  1. A State parking pass is required to park in Silver Falls State Park. Passes are $5 a day and can be obtained from a machine in the North Falls parking lot 1/4 mile from our training location.
  2. Must be 16 years of age or older
  3. Must have the ability to lift 40 lbs 
  4. Must have current CPR certification. (I'll be offering the American Heart Association, 2015 CPR AED class at the Drakes Crossing Fire Station prior to this training- date TBA.
  5. Read the class textbook prior to class (see below regarding textbook and reading assignments.) 
  6. Look over the WFA cheat-sheet.  You will receive copies of this form at the class. (We will use it for all patient assessments and scenarios. Fold the page 2x to make it into a booklet.)
  7. Provide your emergency contact information to Mike Niemeyer using the class agreement and release form.  (See details below under "registration.") 
  8. You will need a watch that displays seconds and a headlamp.
  9. Bring snacks and meals for both days (we won’t be feeding you). We will have a kitchen facility available with a sink, microwave, fridge, stove, etc. 
  10. Bring a day pack or backpack that can get knocked around a bit – with supplies you’d typically bring on an outing.  Bring an extra thrift-store quality shirt and pants/sweat pants – should you volunteer to be a patient in a scenario. A small foam pad is optional - something for you to sit or kneel on when you are outside assisting a patient. 
  11. Wear/bring warm clothes and a waterproof shell layer or rain pants/coat. 
  12. You will need a small flashlight for patient exams.  A headlamp is also recommended for the Saturday evening scenario. 
  13. Bring a towel or rags to dry yourself off as we come in from outside scenarios.

                          REGISTRATION:  
                          1. This training is supported by the Chemeketan Outdoor Club.   Cost is $50 for Chemeketan members and residents of Drakes Crossing Fire District and $78 for all others.  These fees cover the cost of the course textbook (retails for $38) and expendable first aid supplies students will use in the training. (All trainers are volunteering their time.)  
                          2. You are on your own for meals and lodging.  
                          3. A State Park parking pass is also required ($5/day).  
                          4. Payment  is required to confirm your reservation with checks payable to the "Chemeketans". 
                          5. Sign a class agreement and release form and mail it with your registration fee to 5243 Madrona Heights Drive NE, Silverton, Oregon 97381.  (Bring the form with you to the first class if you are registering within 1 week of class - and there is still room available.) 
                          6. Questions? Email Mike Niemeyer.
                          Course reading:  Students receive a copy of the course text as part of the course fee (Text will be provided to you - don't purchase this on your own.  I will get the book to you. If can't arrange to pick it up in the Silverton or Salem areas I can mail it for an additional fee.) This is a highly interactive course that will have students diving into things right away.  To get the most out of it students will need to have read the course text prior to the first day of class.

                          Optional Online reference materials:

                          A State parking pass is required to park in Silver Falls State Park. Passes are $5 a day and can be obtained from a machine in the North Falls parking lot and 1/4 mile from our training location.


                          Accommodations:


                          1. Silver Falls State Park has cabins, and RV and Tent sites for those who want to stay at the park during the course.  Some students have indicated they might want to share a tent site. There is no staying in the N Falls lodge overnight (Our training venue).  The N Falls lodge is located in the group camp area but we didn’t reserve that camping option due to expense and limited amenities.
                          2. The tent sites at the main campground are a few miles south of where we will be but have hook ups, heated restrooms and showers.  They also have primitive cabins you can reserve.
                          3. The park concession also has cabins and meals.  Phone 866-575-8875.
                          Carpooling from Salem:  
                          • If there is interest I recommend Salem folks meet at 6:30 am Saturday and Sunday at the State Motorpool on airport road and leave at 6:45 am.  But lets confirm this via email to make sure there is interest in this option. 
                          • We will be at about 1550 ft elevation.  (See links below for Park weather and webcams).
                          Other helpful web links:

                          Course reading:  Students receive a copy of the course text as part of the course fee (Text will be provided to you - don't purchase this on your own. We will ship the textbook to you once your payment is received.)  This is a highly interactive course that will have students diving into things right away.  To get the most out of it students will need to have read the course text (AAOS Wilderness First Aidprior to the first day of class. See schedule below for reading assignment.  

                          Course Schedule and Chapter Reading Assignments:






























                          Course Philosophy: This outdoor class is the place to "Take chances, make mistakes and get messy"(Ms. Frizzle) so you can be prepared for your next outdoor trip, aid other hikers, enjoy life's legitimate messes (i.e., dirt) and avoid unnecessary suffering (i.e. giardia.) 



                          Training Location: Note that you will need a state park day use permit (NW forest pass does not work here) to park at the N Falls Lodge.  You can get these permits at the automated machine in the parking lot at the North Falls trailhead which is about 1/4 mile past the entrance to the group Campsite - if you are traveling South on Highway 214 .  This is also a good reason to carpool.


                          Silverton Oregon Eclipse Resources

                          Welcome to The Madrona Wilderness Eclipse Viewing Event in Silverton Oregon






                          Some tips 
                          -Cell phone coverage may be spotty during the eclipse weekend.  If you are relying on google maps to get you here we recommend you download the route map to your phone before you leave - should you lose cell signal.  Also, in an emergency, if you can't make a voice call Oregon now has "text-to-911."  (Text messages have much wider coverage than voice.)
                          -Traffic on Sunday and Monday is expected to be terrible.  Research alternate routes if you are leaving from Portland for our house.  Note that you can get here without going through downtown Silverton if traveling from the North.
                          -We will be having a celestial-costume themed dance party on Sunday night August 20th.
                          -We will have pancakes and fruit available for breakfast on the morning of the eclipse from 8-9 am.
                          -Jim Niemeyer will be bringing a telescope adapted for viewing the sun.
                          -Bring a pair of solar glasses (can be purchased at most Silverton stores) - be aware of knock-offs.  See NASA viewing tips.
                          -Other activities: Wildlife viewing, fire station tour, slack-lining, corn hole, berry picking and non-fire-campfire. 

                          Weather at our house

                          Silverton, OR: Latitude: 45° 00' 18" N Longitude: 122° 46' 59" W
                          • Eclipse Duration of Totality: 1m 46s
                          • Partial phase start: 9:05:41AM (PDT), at "1:00 o'clock" on the sun's disk
                          • Totality Start: 10:17:46AM (PDT) 
                          If you only look at one site - see "Know Before You Go"

                          Here are some Other good Oregon eclipse resources

                          Silver Falls Trail Maintenance October 2017

                          Chemeketan Silver Falls Trail Maintenance October 14th, 2017
                          As part of the clubs sponsorship of Silver Falls State Park we provide trail maintenance on the Silver Falls backcountry trails. This event is open to everyone and will involve work on the Perimeter Trail and may include some bridge repairs.  We will also get a chance to check out new sections of the Catamount Trail. Meet at the park headquarters office at 9 am.  We will talk about the plan, hand out tools and take 4x4 vehicles to the area we will be working on. 

                          We will be meeting at the Park Office (see map below). Note that the entrance to the park headquarters is across the street from the main park entrance. It will be on the left after you exit the highway. Come dressed with gloves, water, lunch/snack, sturdy footwear and clothes appropriate for the weather. We will go rain or shine.  We will be done no later than 3PM.  

                          Carpooling From Salem?  Meet at the State Motor Pool on Airport Road in Salem at 8 am. (1100 Airport Rd. between State and Mission St.) Please RSVP to trip leader Mike Niemeyer at mikessummits@gmail.com so we can coordinate carpooling and make sure we have enough tools. 









































                          Intermediate Snow Skills, Mt. Hood April 30th, 2017

                          On Sunday April 30th 2017 I'll be leading a Chemeketan intermediate snow skills class.   We will carpool up to Mt Hood on Sunday morning, arriving at Timberline Lodge parking area (same place as for climb school) between 8 and 8:30 AM.  After gearing up and hiking to the training area we will practice intermediate snow skills including:
                          • intro to avalanche assessment/snow pit tests,
                          • belaying, and escaping belays, off a snow anchor
                          • z-pulley rescues and
                          • (for the newer climbers) some exposure to crampon use.
                          This will be an opportunity for climbers of all levels to test and improve their snow climbing skills. This will be a full day on the snow  I expect we will be wrapping up and back to the Timberline parking lot about 4 pm or so.




                          Roster: (Full)
                          1. Mike Niemeyer (Leader)
                          2.  Gill, Forrest
                          3. Johansen, Christopher
                          4. Langford, Shonee
                          5.  Leesman, Christopher
                          6. Maerki, Christopher
                          7. Morell, Edward
                          8. Solis, Lance
                          9.  Steiner, Kristi
                          10. Zaichenko, Dmitry
                          11. Folkenberg, Randy 
                          12. Folkenberg, Chantel
                          13. King, Rory 
                          14. Dewet, Michelle 
                          15. Bennett, John 
                          16. Bennett, Chuck 
                          17. Fansler, Powell  
                          18. Moffatt, Bruce
                          19. Mclean, Heather
                          20. Sierra, Scott
                          21. Sierra, Yesica
                          22. Nascimento, Emily
                          23. Beckner, Lawrence
                          24. Angel Munoz
                          25. Davis, William (Billy Bob)
                          26. Salaz, Chris
                          27. Croft, Jerry
                          28. Eric Vargas
                          29. Wilcox, Rick
                          30. Blanton, Craig
                          31. Blanton, Sarah
                          32. Leslie, Evan
                          33. Pennington, Mike
                          34. Canfield, Chris
                          35. Mevis, Kayla
                          36. Martin, Christine
                          37. Parks, Daniel
                          38. Christiansen, Susan
                          39. Gregory, Leora 
                          40. Avery, Jay
                          41. Destine Davis
                          42. Garvey, Shane
                          43. Bays, Ken
                          44. Sakon, Keita
                          45. Wagner, Robert
                          Objectives:
                          1. For the recent climb school students with little snow experience this will be an opportunity to practice being an effective member of a roped team on snow/glacier.  This includes: being able to efficiently tie into the rope system,  move confidently on steep snow using crampons and ice axe, clip efficiently through snow anchors and self-rescue after a fall into a crevasse.
                          2. Snow pit compression tests
                          3. For the more experienced climbers and assistants (Bold on the roster) this is an opportunity to set up and lead a rope team, belay off of an anchor to bring the team up to your location on steep terrain, and set up and execute a rescue using a z pulley system (for this later skill we will be looking at managing the rescue scene and teamwork - not just the mechanics of building a z-pulley).  
                          Equipment:
                          We will be getting into steep snow conditions for this outing. Ice axe, harness, helmet and crampons (fitted to your boots ahead of time) are required. Crampon compatible boots and gators. Sunglasses are also required. I recommend that you pack as you would for a Mt Hood Climb. this will be a good chance to test your gear and food/water options out.

                          Prussik cords are required. Pulleys, a couple extra carabiners and a snow shovel will be helpful if you have them.  I'd like to have one shovel per rope team.  If you have pickets bring those (But don't go out and buy them if you don't have them already.)

                          I'll bring snow probes so you can get a feel for what is like to probe the snow for voids (If you have your own probes bring them.)

                          Please have your gear together and be prepared to carry some group gear (ropes, shovels, etc.) Its best to have a larger pack and have some external straps for lashing down a rope and strapping on an ice axe (i.e., don't come with a small textbook type daypack.  I've got nothing against Care Bears but their equipment line rarely includes ice axe loops.)

                          We will be getting into the snow so a waterproof outer shell layer is important and an extra set of gloves to swap out when your first pair gets wet. See Gear List #4.  Bring plenty of water (at least 2 liters) and food as we won't be returning to the cars during the day. Leader will be carrying, hypowrap materials, first aid kit, SPOT rescue beacon and cell phone 503-910-9726. If you have a Motorola type recreational radio please bring it set to Channel 10 code 5.

                          Location
                          We will head NE out of the Timberline parking lot and about 1000 ft vertical to seek some suitable steep terrain on the edge of the white river canyon. 

                          Travel
                          For carpooling Sunday morning those leaving from the Salem Motor pool lot should plan on leaving at 6:00 am.  I'll send a group email out to give you a chance to connect with others for a ride.  Please don't plan on showing up at the park-and-ride lot without pre-arranging a ride - there may not be anyone there!  State Motor Pool in Salem - This will be the best option for folks in Salem or points south. Let me know if you are interested in this option.  

                          Permits? - This will be the last official day of snow park permit season.  So technically you need a permit.  Will they be enforcing it on the last day?  Do you feel lucky?

                          Training Curriculum:
                          1) Assistants and helpers (Bold on the roster above): Chris Salaz is coordinating a pre-training event on Saturday for assistants who are interested in getting in a little more skills practice.  Chris will be emailing you directly with those details. (Please bring your own pickets if you have them as we will need to augment the club pickets for this event.)

                          2) Sunday about 8 am- Group assembles at the end of the "climbers" parking lot: Assign teams; Issue group gear: Pickets (1 per person) shovels (1 per team), ropes (1 x 50 meter half-rope per team). Leaders check teams gear (e.g., no sharp things swinging off of the packs, everyone has sunglasses, has put on sunblock, etc) FRS radios to Channel 10 Code 5.

                          3) Once in our practice area we will do snow pit tests to access avalanche conditions and briefly discuss snow cave construction.   I have a snow saw and various snow assessment tools.  We will be doing the compression test after digging out and isolating a snow column and also assessing the hardness of the snow layers. 
                          4)Establishing and moving rope teams rigged for Glacier travel. The goal of this exercise is for the recent climb school students to practice being an effective member of a roped team on snow/glacier, using crampons (if conditions are appropriate.)   This includes: being able to efficiently tie into the rope system and move confidently on steep snow. (For the more experienced climbers and assistants this is an opportunity to set up and lead a rope team.) The rope team leader will take their team to an area suitable for crevasse rescue practice.  (Coaching on good rope management, improving steps, etc.)

                          5)  Crevasse rescue scenario: The goal of this exercise is for the recent climb school students  be able to self-rescue after a fall into a crevasse using prussiks and gain familiarity with the Z-pulley system. For the more experienced climbers and assistants set up and execute a rescue using a z pulley system (for this later skill we will be looking at managing the rescue scene and teamwork - not just the mechanics of building a z-pulley). SCENARIO: Rope team members 1 and 2 arrest fall of member #3 and set up z Pulley. Member #3 initiates self-rescue.  This will be a full scenario beginning with the fall and team arrest. (i.e. not just the mechanical aspects of rigging the system)

                          6)  Belaying on steep snow: The goal of this exercise is for the recent climb school students be able to belay the leader on steep snow. For the more experienced climbers and assistants this is a chance to practice establishing and belaying off of anchors on steep snow and, as time allows, escaping the belay using a Munter-Mule.  


                          Mt Hood weather

                          Optional Online Homework:
                          1. Z - pulley (Mazamas) 
                          2. Z-pulley (Mountaineers) 
                          3. Crevasse Rescue Fails
                          4. Avalanche Pit Test  , Avalanche Pit Test #2Avalanche Pit Test #3
                          5. Extended column avalanche test
                          6. Munter mule
                          7. Direct vs indirect belays
                          8. Snow Cave Limitations/Dangers
                          9. Snow Cave construction
                          10. Snow Cave Construction

                          Heartsaver CPR Class September 2016

                          Heartsaver CPR AED Class, Friday Evening September 30th, 2016

                          I'll be offering an American Heart Association Heartsaver Adult CPR/AED Class on Friday evening, September 30th from 7 to  about 9 pm (could run a bit longer depending on class size) at the Drakes Crossing Fire Station at 19364 Powers Creek Loop RD NE Silverton, OR 97381. 

                          COURSE CONTENT
                          • Adult CPR and AED use 
                          • Key changes reflecting the new science from the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care 
                          • Optional modules in child CPR (for those who would like to stay after to complete that module. 
                          • Successful participants will receive an AHA CPR/AED card good for 2 years. 
                          ROSTER
                          1. Leif Wisdahl 
                          2. James Green 
                          3. Keith Garlinghouse 
                          4. Croghan, Lyndsay 
                          5. Bittel, Emily 
                          6. Bittel, Jason  
                          7. Robert, Joanna 
                          8. Chonteh Rivertree
                          Waitlist
                          1. Justin Clark
                          2.  

                          TO PREPARE FOR CLASS
                          • Course text book Heartsaver CPR. I'll have copies available for review in class for you to look at but recommend you purchase and read the text prior to class. 
                          • Please wear loose, comfortable clothing to class. You will be practicing skills that require kneeling, bending, standing, and lifting. 
                          • If you have any physical conditions that might prevent these activities, please tell one of the instructors. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment to accommodate you. Also please tell your instructor if you are allergic to latex.
                          OPTIONAL REFERENCE MATERIALS
                          TO REGISTER

                          Send Mike Niemeyer an email to reserve your spot and bring a check for $25 to the class, made out to "Drakes Crossing RFPD." (If this class fills priority will be given to participants in the Wilderness first Aid class the following weekend.)

                          Silver Falls Trail Maintenance, March 19th 2016


                          Thank you to our mighty Chemeketan Trail Crew - The Perimeter Trail is now clear of trees! (Pictures below) Crew: Matt Rieke; Katie Woodward; Mike Niemeyer; Aaron Reyna; Mark Olsen; Kenneth Jones; Gayle Geraths; Don Geraths; Chuck Bennett; Brett Milliken; and Andree Bain - and Ranger Steve Hernandez.









                          ********pre trip write-up********************
                          As part of the Chemeketans sponsorship of Silver Falls State Park we provide trail maintenance at the park a couple times a year. This is an event open to everyone who is interested in supporting Silver Falls Sate Park.

                          For the project on March 19th we will meet at the park office at 9 am and take 4wd vehicles up the Y camp fire road to a staging area at the Buck Mountain loop/ Perimeter trail. See map below. The Red line is the route we have taken before, the yellow are possible exit routes if no ones wants to take the same way back, and the blue route is an alternative vehicle accessible route (4x4 only).  We could even split the group in half and start on different sides.

                          Ranger Steve will stage a Gator (ATV) to help shuttle people and supplies to the work area.  Project will consist of a clearing blowdown from this winter. Trip goes rain or shine. Park will supply all needed tools but you will need water, food, gloves, sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the weather. (Ranger Steve said he ran into some patches of snow on Wednesday.) We will be done by 1 PM.
                          Email Mike Niemeyer to register and let me know if you are interested in carpooling from Salem and I'll connect you with others who want top carpool.


                          Intermediate Snow Skills, May 7th 2016

                          On Saturday May 7th, 2016 I'll be leading a Chemeketan intermediate snow skills class.   We will carpool up to Mt Hood on Saturday morning, arriving at Timberline Lodge parking area (same place as for climb school) between 8 and 8:30 AM.  (Note: No snow park permit needed.) After gearing up and hiking to the training area we will practice intermediate snow skills including:
                          • intro to avalanche assessment/snow pit tests,
                          • belaying, and escaping belays, off a snow anchor
                          • z-pulley rescues and
                          • (for the newer climbers) some exposure to crampon use.
                          This will be an opportunity for climbers of all levels to test and improve their snow climbing skills. This will be a full day on the snow  I expect we will be wrapping up and back to the Timberline parking lot about 3 pm or so.

                          To register email Mike Niemeyer at mikessummits@gmail.com  with your contact information and a brief explanation of your climbing experience (If you just finished climb school and have no other experience that's fine - just let me know so we can plan accordingly.) 





                          Roster:
                          1. Mike Niemeyer (Leader)
                          2. Milan Apeltauer
                          3. Bauer, Kelly   
                          4. Benitez, Fernando (Helper)
                          5. Blanton, Craig (Helper)
                          6. Elston, Kevin
                          7. Folin, Steve
                          8. Fredrickson, Justin    
                          9. Gill, Forrest  (Helper)
                          10. Hart, Gary      
                          11. Ibele, Austin   
                          12. Lande, Peter        
                          13. Salaz, Chris (Provisional leader)
                          14. Starr, Bryan   
                          15. Wolfgang, Jared
                          16. Surely (Ken) Jones (Helper)
                          17. Tyler Plagmann
                          18. Sue Nelson (Helper)
                          19. Kelley Simons 
                          20. Gordon Kenyon
                          21. Jay Howe (Helper) 
                          22. Josef Larsen
                          Waitlist (Unfortunately, as of 5/3 it looks like we won't be able to accommodate on the wait list.)
                          1. Jason Bittel
                          2. Emily Bittel
                          3. Christopher W. Leesman
                          4. Leif Wisdahl
                          5. Aaron Lopez 
                          Objectives:
                          1. For the recent climb school students with little snow experience this will be an opportunity to practice being an effective member of a roped team on snow/glacier.  This includes: being able to efficiently tie into the rope system,  move confidently on steep snow using crampons and ice axe, clip efficiently through snow anchors and self-rescue after a fall into a crevasse.
                          2. Snow pit compression tests
                          3. For the more experienced climbers and assistants this is an opportunity to set up and lead a rope team, belay off of an anchor to bring the team up to your location on steep terrain, and set up and execute a rescue using a z pulley system (for this later skill we will be looking at managing the rescue scene and teamwork - not just the mechanics of building a z-pulley).  
                          Equipment:
                          We will be getting into steep snow conditions for this outing. Ice axe, harness, helmet and crampons (fitted to your boots ahead of time) are required. Crampon compatible boots and gators. Sunglasses are also required. I recommend that you pack as you would for a Mt Hood Climb. this will be a good chance to test your gear and food/water options out.  Prussik cords are required. Pulleys, a couple extra carabiners and shovels will be helpful if you have them.  I'd like to have one shovel per rope team.

                          Please have your gear together and be prepared to carry some group gear (ropes, shovels, etc.) Its best to have a larger pack and have some external straps for lashing down a rope and strapping on an ice axe (i.e., don't come with a small textbook type daypack.  I've got nothing against Care Bears but their equipment line rarely includes ice axe loops.)

                          We will be getting into the snow so a waterproof outer shell layer is important and an extra set of gloves to swap out when your first pair gets wet. See Gear List #4.  Bring plenty of water (at least 2 liters) and food as we won't be returning to the cars during the day. Leader will be carrying, hypowrap materials, first aid kit and cell phone 503-910-9726. If you have a Motorola type recreationall radio please bring it set to Channel 10 code 5.

                          Location
                          We will head NE out of the Timberline parking lot and about 1000 ft vertical to seek some suitable steep terrain on the edge of the white river canyon. 

                          Travel
                          For carpooling Saturday morning those leaving from the Salem Motor pool lot should plan on leaving at 6:00 am.  I'll send a group email out to give you a chance to connect with others for a ride.  Please don't plan on showing up at the park-and-ride lot without pre-arranging a ride - there may not be anyone there!  State Motor Pool in Salem - This will be the best option for folks in Salem or points south. Let me know if you are interested in this option. 

                          Training Curriculum:

                          1) Planning Meeting- For those of you attending the Chemeketan Climb School April 1st I'll be available after our closing ceremony at Timberline lodge to answer any questions you might have about gear or preparation for the intermediate snow class. If that doesn't work for you feel free to email or call me with any questions. 

                          2) Group assembles at the end of the "climbers" parking lot: Assign teams; Issue group gear: Pickets (1 per person) shovels (1 per team), ropes (1 x 50 meter half-rope per team). Leaders check teams gear (e.g., no sharp things swinging off of the packs, everyone has sunglasses, has put on sunblock, etc) FRS radios to Channel 10 Code 5.

                          2) Once in our practice area we will do snow pit tests to access avalanche conditions and discuss snow cave construction.   I have a snow saw and various snow assessment tools.  We will be doing the compression test after digging out and isolating a snow column and also assessing the hardness of the snow layers. 









                          3) Establishing and moving rope teams rigged for Glacier travel. The goal of this exercise is for the recent climb school students to practice being an effective member of a roped team on snow/glacier.  This includes: being able to efficiently tie into the rope system and move confidently on steep snow. (For the more experienced climbers and assistants this is an opportunity to set up and lead a rope team.) The rope team leader will take their team to an area suitable for crevasse rescue practice.  (Coaching on good rope management , improving steps, etc.)

                          4)  Crevasse rescue scenario: The goal of this exercise is for the recent climb school students  be able to self-rescue after a fall into a crevasse using prussiks and gain familiarity with the Z-pulley system. For the more experienced climbers and assistants set up and execute a rescue using a z pulley system (for this later skill we will be looking at managing the rescue scene and teamwork - not just the mechanics of building a z-pulley). SCENARIO: Rope team members 1 and 2 arrest fall of member #3 and set up z Pulley. Member #3 initiates self-rescue.  This will be a full scenario beginning with the fall and team arrest. (i.e. not just the mechanical aspects of rigging the system)

                          5)  Belaying on steep snow: The goal of this exercise is For the recent climb school students be able to belay the leader on steep snow. For the more experienced climbers and assistants this is a chance to practice establishing and belaying off of anchors on steep snow and, as time allows, escaping the belay using a Munter-Mule.  

                          AHA First Aid Class, February 5th, 2016 - Cancelled

                          AHA First Aid Class, February 5th, 2016 - Class Cancelled

                          Heartsaver® First Aid is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills to respond to and manage an emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies. This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in first aid to meet job, regulatory or other requirements. Upon completion of this course, students receive an American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid Course Completion Card that is valid for two years. (Note that this is not a Wilderness First Aid Class and does not cover CPR. See the main menu for those offerings.)

                          Instructor is Mike Niemeyer. Bio.

                          Location: Drakes Crossing Fire Station at 19364 Powers Creek Loop RD NE Silverton, OR 97381.

                          Cost: $25

                          Class begins at 6 PM.  This course will run 3.5 to 4 hrs depending on experience level of the class.

                          To Register: Send Mike Niemeyer an email to reserve your spot and bring a check for $20 to the class, made out to "Drakes Crossing RFPD."

                          ROSTER
                          • Mike Niemeyer (instructor)
                          • Steve Dougherty
                          • Chris Salaz
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                          TO PREPARE FOR CLASS
                          • It is recommended that you read the Heartsaver First Aid handbook listed below.  (Copies of these materials will also be available in class for review.)
                          • Please wear loose, comfortable clothing to class. You will be practicing skills that require kneeling, bending, standing, and lifting. 
                          • If you have any physical conditions that might prevent these activities, please tell one of the instructors. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment to accommodate you. Also please tell your instructor if you are allergic to latex. 
                          Optional Materials/Links


                            Chemeketan Climb School April 2016

                            The Chemeketan Climb School 2016 Schedule is: 

                            Classroom sessions (evenings) Wednesday April 20 and 27 with locations to be announced.
                            Field sessions will be April 30 at Horsethief Butte (Rock Day) and May 1 at Mt Hood (Snow Day).
                            Theresa Conley is the coordinator for climb school. Mike Rudy is the coordinator for Anchor building class on Friday April 29 at Horsethief Butte.For additional information see http://www.chemeketans.org/climbing.asp  







                            Heartsaver CPR AED Class January 29, 2016

                            CPR instructors Mike Niemeyer (AEMT) and Ethan Hupp (Paramedic) will be offering an American Heart Association Heartsaver Adult CPR/AED Class on Friday evening, January 29th from 7 to  about 9 pm (could run a bit longer depending on class size and experience level) at the Drakes Crossing Fire Station at 19364 Powers Creek Loop RD NE Silverton, OR 97381. 

                            COURSE CONTENT
                            • Adult CPR and AED use
                            • We will be using the current 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
                            • Optional modules in child CPR and AED  (for those who would like to stay after to complete that module.  about 45 minutes additional - no extra charge.)
                            • Successful participants will receive an AHA CPR/AED card good for 2 years.
                            Carpool

                            We have a few folks leaving from the State Motorpool lot at 5:45 pm to carpool from Salem.  Email Mike Niemeyer for details if you want to share a ride.

                            TO REGISTER

                            Send Mike Niemeyer an email to reserve your spot and bring a check for $20 to the class, made out to "Drakes Crossing RFPD." 

                            ROSTER
                            Mike Niemeyer (Instructor)
                            Ethan Hupp (Instructor)
                            1. Kenneth Jones
                            2. Chris Salaz
                            3. Aislinn Adams
                            4. Craig Blanton
                            5. Sarah Blanton
                            6. William Davis
                            7. Vince Dunn
                            8. Cathy Lazarus
                            9. Gabriel Starr
                            10. Dalia Andrade
                            11. Forrest gill

                            TO PREPARE FOR CLASS
                            • Heartsaver First Aid andCPR Student Workbook is Available on Amazon as a used book for about $4.00)  This workbook is good for both the Heartsaver CPR class and the Heartsaver First Aid class. I'll have copies available for review in class but recommend you purchase and read the text prior to class. Note that this document has the 2010 protocols.  The 2015 protocols are not yet available in a handbook but you can download an update at 2015 Student Workbook CPR updates
                            • Please wear loose, comfortable clothing to class. You will be practicing skills that require kneeling, bending, standing, and lifting.
                            • If you have any physical conditions that might prevent these activities, please tell one of the instructors. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment to accommodate you. Also please tell your instructor if you are allergic to latex.
                            OPTIONAL REFERENCE MATERIALS
                            1. 2015 Guidelines - Highlights (This is not a required read but if you are looking for the details behind the changes in CPR science its a good place to start.)
                            2. Free First Aid APP - The American Red Cross has a helpful first aid app for your smartphone, see http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/first-aid-app