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Avalanche Awareness Clinic - REI store in Denver
Submitted By: Frances Fierst on Nov 14, 2007

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Scheduled on Mar 5, 2008

Avalanche Awareness Clinic (Free) presented by CMS

Every year, avalanches are one of the leading causes of death among backcountry enthusiasts. Our home turf, Colorado, consistently leads the nation in avalanche fatalities. If you plan on spending time in high, snowy country, be prepared.

In this free clinic our expert guides give an introduction to how avalanches happen, what they look like, and how to avoid them. Our guides are American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) trained to teach avalanche courses, and they also spend some 300 days a year in the field—they know snow from an academic and practical perspective, and they aim to share their knowledge with you.

Topics covered include:

Types of avalanches
Avalanche terrain
Snowpack analysis
Weather considerations
Avalanche decision-making
Trip planning and preparation
Travel techniques

REI Flagship, Denver (7pm-8pm)

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