Two sessions on avalanche safety are being held in North Vancouver by Avalanche Canada and Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC.
The sessions will be held on Saturday, November 9, at North Shore Alliance Church at 201, 23rd Street East in North Vancouver. The morning session for advanced outdoor enthusiasts will take place from 10:30 am to noon. The beginner session will be in the afternoon, from 2 pm to 4 pm.
“New to the backcountry? Want to up your game? No matter your level of outdoor experience, these sessions will boost your awareness of avalanche safety, equipment and resources,” according to Avalanche Canada.
For more experienced outdoor enthusiasts looking to build upon their knowledge, the session will feature in-depth avalanche safety presentations from an Avalanche Canada Forecaster.
For those new to the backcountry and avalanche safety, or those looking for a refresher, the beginner session will be an introduction to the basics of recreational avalanche safety, with plenty of time for questions and discussion.
Mark Bender, Avalanche Canada forecaster, will speak on Basic Avalanche Awareness and talk about looking at terrain, avalanche activity, and triggers, etc. North Shore SAR volunteer, Peter Marshall, will present a case study of the Runner Peak incident from February 2019.
Brent Loewen, snowshoe ambassador and guide in the North Shore Mountains, will present on his personal journey and education in the backcountry. AdventureSmart will also have a presentation on Trip Planning
Admission is by donation, parking is free and registration, although not required, would be appreciated so audience size can be estimated.
There will be prizes for the audience, including a pair of Atlas snowshoes, donated by K2.