We were incredibly lucky that it turned out to be a sunny day, which meant that we didn’t freeze to death. It was cold. Without the sun, I imagine it could have been unpleasant.
we covered a lot of territory,literally and figuratively. In fact, we did more movement and “hiking” than I had expected to and yes, I was grateful for that.
we assessed a lot of terrain and learned that fundamental approach to judging avalanche danger. I can absolutely sum it up in two words: “It depends.”
I totally enjoyed our instructor, Peter – articulate and a natural teacher. The last exercise of the day was great fun. A good deal of the course focussed on tools: probes, shovels and transceivers for companion rescue.
My take-away. I didn’t get all that much new about terrain that I haven’t studied up on and learned from other people. I did get an overall appreciation for the backcountry and inherent hazards to watch for. And I do feel committed to getting avi gear when I can afford it. I think it adds that other element of confidence. That said, it won’t help a bit when I go out on my own, which I will continue to do.
I’m glad I did it. It was a terrific group of people and I’m looking forward to reading the course books. Love the avaluation card – such a useful tool.
And I am so glad to be warm again and to be going home tomorrow. I miss the puppies: I miss my house; I miss Simon – not necessarily in that order.