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Discussion: Avalanche School

in: Guisborough1; Guisborough1 > 2020-01-17

Jan 20, 2020 10:58 PM # 
igoup:
We want to know what that is about? How to cause one? How to avoid one? Do you get to play with dynamite?
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Jan 21, 2020 2:32 AM # 
Guisborough1:
Hahahaha. Turns out my neighbour is a snowboard god (won Mt. Baker 3 times and is a kung fu master). I've been completely unaware of the fact and basically just taken the piss the last 5 months. He coaches olympians and is currently in Vail for the X Games.
Anyway, he backcountry boards virtually everyday and tells me Telluride has the best backcountry in the lower 48. So I enrolled in Avalanche school Cert 1. Which covers just how to avoid them (or survive one). None of the rest of the above. Those are Cert 2 and Rescue.
Unbelievably....I actually need this for this job. In the very near future I'm going to help survey a mining claim at Red Mountain Pass. The boss said "have you got a shovel and beacon?" Gulp.....things just got real.
Jan 21, 2020 6:51 PM # 
JLaughlin:
I find it interesting you're doing so much survey field work in the winter - most Survey companies try to heavily limit their field work when there's a lot of snow.
Jan 21, 2020 11:17 PM # 
igoup:
I avoid them my not going where they might be. Sounds interesting though.
Jan 22, 2020 1:32 AM # 
Guisborough1:
Jordan.......That's funny. My boss has been fuming the last 48 hours. He's very precise and the current job wants to order steel asap. The plates have been situated slightly off.....it's been eye opening. Both with his foul language (which I enjoy) and with his interaction with the construction company/concrete company. To answer your statement. Yes, Snow totally messes with the field equipment and temps matter. Snow was the big problem today.
Jan 22, 2020 11:54 AM # 
JLaughlin:
I guess when people have lots of money they don't want to wait.

Precision is key - especially in surveying.
Jan 23, 2020 2:37 AM # 
Guisborough1:
Exactly. Not that I knew that until two days ago. The good thing at the moment is I'm learning and laughing a ton.

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