Backcountry Survival and Self-Rescue

Backcountry Survival & Self-Rescue Clinic

Mt. Shasta Backcountry, Mount Shasta, California

1 day / 8 Hours / Cost: $150.00
Helicopter Rescue, Helen Lake, Mount Shasta, California
Helicopter Rescue, Helen Lake, Mount Shasta, California

While we may be good skiers and snowboarders and consistently make right decisions sometimes accidents just happen, unfortunately when they happen in the winter backcountry rescue can quickly become complicated, and small distances can take extreme measures to overcome.  What’s worse is small injuries, and poor decisions often compound themselves and have the potential to become fatal.  This course is a must for any recreational backcountry skier, snowboarder, or snowshoer. The Backcountry Survival and Self-Rescue clinic is designed to take up where most avalanche courses left off.  While there is no one right answer for what to do in the event of an emergency this course is designed to provide you more tools to handle the situation.

This one-day clinic developed by mountain guide and author “JB” Brown and emergency physician and wilderness medicine fellow Emily Sagalyn, MD.  It teaches attendees what to do in the event of an emergency and how to either dig in or extricate an injured party. This course will start with a short indoor clinic to review basic equipment, first aid, and survival concepts.  We briefly touch on ski and snowboard specific injuries and have some practical hands on classroom time.   Once the group is ready they will move outside for the afternoon practical portion.  Practical skills will fall into two categories of either survival or Self-Rescue.  Backcountry ski and snowboard survival skills include communications, packaging, and emergency snow shelter building.  The self-rescue portion will include basic immobilization, sled building, and moving an injured party in the winter terrain.  By the end of the clinic participants should have developed a new set of basic skills to be safer in the backcountry.

Departure: Mt. Shasta, California, Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Best Airport: Sacramento, California/Medford, Oregon
Group Size: 8 Clients
Guide to Client Ratio: 1:8
Experience Level: Intermediate to Expert Skier, Snowboarders, or Snowshoer