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Avalanche awareness and rescue beacon workshop set for Nov. 17

November 4, 2010

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ASMSU Outdoor Recreation will offer an avalanche awareness and rescue beacon workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 7- 9:30 p.m. in SUB 235.

The presentation will combine lecture and a field exercise. Topics include how terrain, weather and snowpack characteristics contribute to the creation of avalanches and how understanding these characteristics can help assess avalanche danger. Principles of search and rescue and the use of avalanche rescue beacons will also be covered.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Although it is not required, participants are encouraged to have an avalanche beacon.

The course will be taught by instructor Ron Johnson, who has more than 25 years of experience in the avalanche profession.

For more information, contact ASMSU Outdoor Recreation at 994-3621.