Molas Pass On-Snow Avalanche Awareness Field Session

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Molas Pass- Andrews Lake Winter Parking Area

37.73370358420182, -107.7064199196021

San Juan County, CO 81301

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Friends of the San Juans free on-snow avalanche awareness and safety course Saturday, January 23, 2022 on Molas Pass

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IN THE CASE OF A FULL COURSE, YOU CAN STILL REGISTER TO BE PUT ON THE WAITLIST AND IF A SPOT OPENS UP YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED.

WE HOPE YOU ARE ABLE TO JOIN US! -FOSJ FIELD TEAM

**PLEASE NOTE THIS REGISTRATION IS FOR MOLAS PASS SESSION ON SUNDAY, January 23, 2022**

Course Details: Sunday, January 23,2022- 10:00am-3:00pm, Andrews Lake winter parking lot on US-550 Molas Pass(1/4 mile uphill from Andrews Lake summer access road)

Course Description: In a 5 hour field session, participants will be able to apply the basic concepts covered in our classroom session, including preparation & communication, terrain recognition & avoidance, smart travel protocol, basic snowpack understanding, and safety gear use.

Course Outcomes:

Understand the importance of group dynamics, communication, and decision making

Identify avalanche terrain based on slope angle, including terrain traps and gullies

Understand the complexity of snowpack and layering

Learn basic smart travel protocol

Beacon, probe and shovel basics with practice

Understand what we don’t know

Participants in FOSJ’s On-Snow Session must meet all of the following requirements:

Highly recommended--watch the CAIC Know Before You Go video and review the CAIC daily snowpack and avalanche forecast before the event. Links will be sent with registration email.

Have the minimum required safety equipment—beacon, probe, shovel, pack.

Have sufficient uphill winter travel gear by one of the following methods: AT/Tele setup with climbing skins; split board setup with climbing skins; backcountry nordic/hybrid skis with metal edges and fish scales; snowshoes

Be in moderate physical shape—although we will not be going on any extended tour or even that far from the parking area, throughout the day you will be exerting energy while traveling through variable terrain and snow conditions as well as practicing with rescue gear and digging.

Participants must register in advance online via this Eventbrite site. There are a limited number of spots available, and it is on a first come first served basis. Please register only if you are 100% committed.

Liability Waiver form must be submitted by confirming you agree to the additional terms and conditions at the end of this event registration. We will also request any medications, allergies, and medical conditions your instructors should be aware of and an emergency contact/phone number.

Participants must be comfortable traveling in variable backcountry conditions that may include ice, deep snow, thin spots and some uphill routes. Due to these constraints, we are UNABLE to accommodate for boot packing, conventional Nordic/skate skis, toboggans, saucers, sleds, or snowlerblades. Pine Needle Mountaineering rents AT/Tele setups as well as snowshoes, with FOSJ members receiving a 20% discount.

In order to maintain a safe environment free of COVID-19 transmission for both Participants and Volunteers the following guidelines will be followed:

All in attendance must provide proof of vaccination upon arrival- vaccination card or photo (2x Moderna doses, 2x Pfizer doses, 1X Johnson&Johnson doses)

All in attendance must self-symptom check prior to attendance. Participants and Volunteers must stay home if they have experienced any of the following symptoms in the last 24 hours or been around another person experiencing these symptoms:

Fever of 100.4 degrees F or more, shortness of breath, dry cough, unexpected sneezing, congestion, or runny nose (beyond seasonal allergies) or close exposure with some who tested positive for COVID-19

Groups will be limited to 8 individuals maximum (2 volunteer instructors, and 5 participants)

Total participants will NOT EXCEED 36

Day-of details:

In the morning, participants will be broken up into small groups. You will be led by one of FOSJ’s Lead Instructors, plus an additional Assistant Instructor. These Instructors are there to make sure everyone in the group feels comfortable, is engaged & participating, and has a good time. Your active participation and questions are welcomed! Instructors have been trained on topics that will need to be covered throughout the day. All Instructors have met strict requirements set forth by both FOSJ and the American Avalanche Association (AAA) for their experience and teaching ability. For your safety, our Lead Instructors are also certified in Wilderness First Aid or higher.

We ask that you are totally geared up and ready to go no later than 10:00am. Please come prepared to be outside for the entire day. We ask that you bring your own supply of water, food, clothing, sunscreen, etc. If you have a first aid kit, inclinometer, or any other cool avalanche tools or gadgets, please bring them! We will debrief and wrap things up by 3:00pm. Please carpool with your friends and colleagues if you can.

Registered students will receive a follow up email confirming registration with additional information. We look forward to spending the day with you!


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Molas Pass- Andrews Lake Winter Parking Area

37.73370358420182, -107.7064199196021

San Juan County, CO 81301

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