Tuesday, February 22, 2011
One of the biggest stressors in my life recently is now over. I just returned from Salt Lake City, UT after completing the Level 3 Avalanche Course; which I had been studying and preparing for since August of last year. The Level 3 is a 6 day, 60 hour course that is half field based and half classroom based focusing on decision making and avalanche forecasting. It culminates with a 60 minute snow profile examination, a beacon drill where you need to find 3 buried transceivers in under 7 minutes, and a final written exam. The course also heavily weighs on documentation to SWAG (Snow Weather and Avalanche Guidelines) standards, terrain management, and stability anaylsis.