BC Education Series-Before & After Work

  • Companion Rescue Dates:December 17, Jan 8 & Custom dates available Dec-March
  • Skinning Dates: Dec 15; January 7, 28  & Custom dates available Jan-March
  • Dawn Patrol Dates:TBD & Custom dates available December-April
  • Duration: 2-5 hours
  • Level: Beginner-Intermediate
  • Client Ratio: 2:1- 4:1
  • Cost: $20
  • Included: Guide,Tour Plan & group gear
  • Not Included: Transportation, personal touring gear, lunch/trail snacks and gratuities for guides
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Before or After Work Seminar Series-Take advantage of Snoqualmie Pass and work on your BC education before the weekend arrives! Rescue, movement and terrain assessment all play a critical role in your confidence to tour in the winter. We created 3 seminars that run from 6:30 to 9:30 at Snoqualmie Pass to give you time to get out of work, practice skills to help make your weekend rock and leave enough time to grab a beer and some food at Dru Bru before heading home. 

Companion Rescue-Save your weekend for the big tour and come up for an evening of Companion Rescue practice! 3 hours to refresh your transceiver skills and try out more advanced multiple victim techniques.

Skinning-Punch out of work and enjoy the night lights of Snoqualmie Pass to burn some calories and perfect your skinning technique and cardio. Finish your evening off with a beverage at the Dru Bru

 Dawn Patrol-Get up, skin for a few hours and enjoy a pow run before work. Join our group and take advantage of professional guidance and improve your skinning and avalanche terrain recognition 

 

We meet @Snoqualmie Pass and quickly review how to wear and use a triple antenna beacon. Then we practice mock companion recovery including single and multiple burial searches. The Learning Outcomes include:

  • Importance of beacon skills (burial time-survival statistics)
  • Beacon operation and search principles
  • Demonstration and practice of initial, secondary, and pinpoint search
  • Rescue practice scenarios including group management, probing & shoveling
  • Overview of first aid and emergency skills needed in actual rescues


NOTE: Depending on weather conditions, your group may meet in one of the lodges before search drills..

We take advantage for the night skiing and use the extra light to practice the fundamental movement skills to touring. We practice glide & stride, track setting, kick turns & transitions. Here is a little technique primer from Reese Witherspoon…

 


Get up before the sun and send several thousand feet of pow before going to work!

Touring Gear

  • Adjustable Ski poles with powder (big) baskets*
  • Skis or snowboard.Skis should be equipped with alpine touring bindings or telemark bindings. We prefer split decision snowboards w/ skins because you do not need snow shoes.
  • Alpine touring, telemark, or snowboard boots *(Available for rental @Pro Ski Service)
  • Snowshoes for snowboarders *(Available for rental @Second Ascent)
  • Skins with glop stopper (skin wax)
  • Avalanche Beacon This needs to be Triple Antenna. *(Available to rent from BCA Guides)
  • Shovel Small collapsible style *(Available to rent from BCA Guides)
  • Avalanche Probe 265cm or longer*(Available to rent from BCA Guides)
  • Helmet for riding and climbing adjustable to fit over hats

Upper Body

  • Lightweight base layer T-shirt or long sleeve polypropylene shirt
  • Soft Shell
  • 1 Down/synthetic jacket with hood
  • 1 Hard shell jacket with hood Waterproof and breathable. roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
  • 1 pair liner gloves Thin wool or polypropylene
  • Shell gloves or mitts
  • Warm hat Wool or synthetic
  • Balaclava or Buff
  • Shade hat or baseball cap

Lower Body

  • 1 pair heavy wool/synthetic socks Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on
  • 1 pair lightweight long underwear Polypropylene or Capilene
  • Soft shell pants with Schoeller fabrics
  • Shell pants Waterproof/breathable with full side zips, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best

Backpack

  • Internal frame pack 2000-2500 cubic inch capacity, avoid unnecessary options that add weight

Miscellaneous Equipment

  • Sunglasses 100% UV protection
  • Personal first aid kit Basics: moleskin/blister kit, Band-Aids, first-aid tape, ibuprofen, personal medications, etc.
  • Lip balm At least SPF 20,
  • Sunscreen At least SPF 40
  • Headlamp compact LED
  • 2 water bottles 1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene and 1 bottle holster, or
  • Multi-tool.
  • Bandana
  • Hand wipes
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional)
  • Lunch & snack food (no more than 2 pounds)
  • Camera

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WILL MY GUIDE (OR GUIDES) BE?
You will receive an introductory email with the instructor for your course. We are small company who enjoy working together in the mountains as well as highly skilled professionals who hold current Wilderness First Responder certification and are proficient in technical rescue and evacuation skills. Our guides are dedicated to the world of alpinism, many having first ascents and hold professional certifications with AIARE & AMGA. The AMGA is part of the IFMGA, which is the international body of certified mountain guides.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDES?
Tipping is considered standard practice in the guiding industry. Tipping amounts vary – so $15-20 per day per person/per guide is average that works well for the guides without a serious blow to your wallet. Often 10% of the course cost is a good rule-of-thumb. If you feel that the program was exceptional or substandard the tip can reflect that.

CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT FROM BCAG?
Yes, we rent Beacons, Shovels, Probes and Packs here. If you need these plus touring equipment, Second Ascent rents avalanche safety equipment, alpine touring, tele and split boards click here. Quantities are limited so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested.

HOW HEAVY WILL MY PACK BE?
You will carry 10-15 pounds, which will include everything on the equipment list.

WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY THE BALANCE OF MY TRIP?
Payable when you make your reservation by check, or credit card.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
If you should decide to cancel your trip, BCAG must be notified in writing. Your trip will be cancelled from the date we receive written notice. You will be assessed a cancellation fee according to the following schedule:
90 to 22 days from trip departure – 50% of trip cost
30 days or less – 100% of trip cost

WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO CHANGE THE DATES OF MY TRIP?
Schedule changes are subject to a $50 fee per person up to 2 weeks out and $100 less then 14 days from the start of the trip and may not be possible. If conditions or circumstances preclude running a scheduled program we reserve the right to make the decision as to whether the program will be canceled, rescheduled, or an alternative provided.

WHAT HAPPENS IF BC ADVENTURE GUIDES HAS TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
In the rare circumstance where we need to cancel a program you can reschedule without a fee or receive a refund on your deposit. If circumstances arise that force us to cancel a program that is already in progress we reserve the right to decide whether a refund or credit, at a prorated rate, will be issued. We are not responsible for cancellation fees or costs arising from your changed or cancelled flights, lodging, or other arrangements. We strongly recommend obtaining trip cancellation insurance from your travel agent.

DO I NEED TO PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE?
BCAG highly encourages the purchasing of trip cancellation and travel insurance on domestic trips and requires it on International trips. Europeans and Canadians use it because travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance.
Several options include Travelex or Travel Guard International at (1-877-248-8992) & www.travelguard.com for protecting your investment, however there are many companies to choose from and you may wish to do some individual research regarding which policy is right for you.

WHEN SHOULD I PLAN TO LEAVE A RETURN HOME?
We often get this question because most people need to know how much total time they need to take off work. Our Avi and Ski Tours begin by 8 AM at the trailhead and return to the car by 3. Our return to Seattle on the last day typically allows you to get back between 5-7 with the descent and drive back.