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Recap – Avalanche Rescue Clinic

Written By: Meg Smith

Our local avalanche forecaster, Heather Thamm, with Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center ( put together a basic avalanche rescue clinic focused on companion rescue. We reviewed efficient search techniques using a beacon, probe and strategic shoveling. This was a great opportunity to get some hands on practice, plus help and feedback of an instructor. There were all ages and levels of knowledge from beginners to professionals.

Alaska Avy Rescue Clinic 2015

Along with Heather, there were a few other top avalanche professionals who came to share their knowledge and practice their skills. There were over 20 participates that broke into groups according to their level of avalanche training.

Alaska Avy Rescue Clinic 2015

It is always great to practice with your beacon, plus everyone who came out learned some new tricks and got a chance to hone in their skills.

Photos By: Meg Smith

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