For carpooling Saturday morning those leaving from the Salem Motor pool lot should plan on leaving at 6:30 am. I'll send a group email out on 5/2/15 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) 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 50meter 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.
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