Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Free Avalanche Awareness Presentation

Planning on snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or backcountry skiing this winter? If you travel in hilly or mountainous, snow covered terrain, this presentation is designed to help you make more informed, safer decisions.

Tonight at 7pm in Badgley Hall Room 146 the EOU Outdoor Program, in partnership with the Wallowa Avalanche Center presents a free 1.5 hour clinic which focuses on the fundamentals of traveling safely in the winter environment where avalanche hazards exist.  The presentation addresses avalanche hazard awareness, tour planning, familiarity with avalanche center bulletins, basic equipment considerations, and the need for skill in companion rescue.

Mike Hatch, a Sawtooth Mountain Guide and new resident of Wallowa County, will be delivering the presentation. Mike is a native of Idaho and has had a life-long passion for adventuring in mountains, deserts and rivers throughout the western US. Mike's passion for the winter backcountry has lead him to explore countless ski lines throughout the Sawtooths and Central Idaho Mountains. He is an American Avalanche Association Professional Member, Avalanche Level 3, and holds a BS degree in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana.

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