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Alaska Avalanche School  One of Alaska's most beloved nonprofits delivering recreational and professional avalanche education for over 42 years.

Rescue ready?! It’s not how much you can stuff in a ship- it’s how much you have stuffed in your brain. Rescue ready is years of training, practice, experience, and mentorship.
Class schedule up on our website.
#geteducated #a3avypros #blackdiamond

August showers bring fresh powder. It’s time for a #refresh

A goal without a plan is just a wish.
#getthetraining #knowsnow

Are you searchable? There are lots of ways to find someone buried in snow...
The best way is to wear a transceiver (avalanche beacon). Summer is a great time to clean battery connections, check for software updates, and make sure there are no recalls for your model (some Ortovox 3+ had recalls this spring )....
Many clothing items and some helmets come with Recco reflectors- small bi-metal chips that make you searchable by professional rescue teams. These are great because there is no on/off switch, battery or operation necessary for the user.
Sometimes a Recco detector can find a person by their personal electronics (phone, inReach, etc.) A few years ago a rescue team found a buried climber when the Recco detector pinged his headlamp.
Wear bright clothing! If you are a shallow burial or have a limb sticking out- colors that contrast sharply with snow will help people more quickly locate you.
📷: Dale Atkins checks the range of the Recco device on an inReach. It was able to find the device at a few meters. A Recco reflector installed in outerwear, boots, and helmets is much more efficient and can be found at over 200 meters.

It’s the weekend!!!!

4 more months until winter......
#beattheheat #alwayswintersomewhere

Multi-tool or iceaxe? What % of the time do you use your whippet for arresting life threatening falls?

The most underestimated force of nature...wind transport.

Some July turns! It’s always snowing somewhere in Alaska- always.
#knowsnow #WiggleGiggleSquad

Alaskana: Skiing roped on a big glacier in the summer with a huge backpack and sled (at 2am)!
#alaskalife #snowjunkie #midnightsun

Dale Atkins exams debris from a serac avalanche triggered by a 5.0 magnitude earthquake epicenter Ruth amphitheater on July 1st 2018 at 12:20am. The path containing house sized blocks came within 20 meters of the West Buttress trail and 11,200 camp on Denali.
#earthquake #serac #mountainNerding #KahiltnaObs

A foot of snow can weigh anywhere from 3-21 pounds per square foot. A shovel full can tell you a lot- so can a RIP 2 cutter and a spring scale. .
#densitymatters #knowsnow #snowmetrics

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