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SheJumps Introduction to Avalanche Safety Awareness Clinic Spokane: Know Be...

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Wolff Auditorium

Jepson Center 114

Gonzaga University, 502 E Boone Ave

Spokane, WA 99258

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THE FIRST 10 LADIES to register will receive goodies from our national sponsors.

This introduction to avalanche safety clinic is a great course for beginners looking to become more knowledgeable and safe while touring in the backcountry as well as a great refresher course for the more experienced backcountry enthusiast looking to brush up on their knowledge before hitting the mountains this season. Whether you snowshoe, cross country ski, downhill ski, or rock a splitboard, this course is for you - no previous education is required!

We can fit up to 170 ladies comfortably in Gonzaga's Wolff Auditorium in the Jepson Center and the cost is a very affordable $15.00 per head so bring a friend! $10.00 if you have a student I.D. You can also pre-purchase raffle tickets with your registration and get a smoking deal. All proceeds go to SheJumps.org and the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center!

A driving force in the creation of this event is to create the opportunity to connect like-minded women of the outdoors and to learn how to be more knowledgeable and safe when travelling in the backcountry. You may even walk out with a prize or two because, once again, we have some amazing sponsors for our raffle!
Local sponsors for the event are Jeff Thompson of Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center (IPAC), Larry Banks and Mike Brede of Panhandle Backcountry (our instructors, Gonzaga University, and Gonzaga Outdoors (our hosts).

What to Expect:
Our class will be taught by Jeff Thompson (Director of IPAC) http:www.idahopanhandleavalanche.org/, Mike Brede (skier) and Larry Banks (splitboarder); creators of PanhandleBackcountry.com. Panhandle Backcountry is an organization that promotes backcountry skiing and splitboarding in North Idaho, Western Washington and Northwestern Montana (the Selkirks, Kettle Range, Bitterroots, Cabinets and St. Joes). Join their community to participate in the forums where you can organize tours and events, check trip reports and route information, share snowpack observation and conditions, and talk about or trade your gear.

Class time will last approximately 3 hours and will cover some basic information for backcountry skiing/riding. This clinic targets the young and unaware backcountry traveler, and the more experienced traveler looking for a refresher course. We will introduce the recognition of avalanche danger and how to reduce the risk. Handouts will be given to attendees for reference and we will demonstrate how to reduce the risk and use avalanche safety tools such as the transceiver, shovel, probe, ABS Avalanche bags, etc. The course utilizes interactive presentation materials and local case histories and we encourage questions from the audience.

This Avalanche Awareness course is expected to:
Introduce and explain to students where and why avalanches occur
Recognize Red Flags: What are they and how do you know
Identify Avalanche Terrain: A blank canvas can be deadly
Discuss local snowpack anomalies (the main differences between Northern Selkirks & St. Joe's/Silver Valley with simple examples)
Describe who gets caught and why
Travel Safely
Provide resources for evaluating weather and snow (Know Before You Go)
How you access terrain


What's the objective?
Communication (everyone has a word)
You or your partner is caught in an avalanche: What do you do?
Provide a basic approach to staying safe in the backcountry


Student Learning Outcomes:
Learn to access local avalanche bulletins and weather reports
Recognize basic signs of avalanche danger
Understand the need for companion rescue techniques and equipment
Participants that are, or wish to be, more than casual users of the backcountry are encouraged to take a multiple day avalanche course. Selkirk Outdoor Leadership Education (SOLE) is partnering with SheJumps to offer an all-women's AIARE Level 1 January 19th-21st to follow up this clinic. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2023466231215939


Fundraiser Proceeds:
When we are done with our clinic, everyone should have a basic understanding of how to travel safely in the backcountry as well as walk away with some fantastic prizes! Did I mention there will be a sweet raffle? With entry to this event everyone will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win some gear! Additional raffle tickets will be available for pre-purchase (at a discount) with registration or can be purchased at the event. There will also be SheJumps Girafficorn swag for sale at the event! We can take both cash and credit cards for raffle ticket and swag purchases.

Proceeds from the event will go to SheJumps.org to help facilitate more women's events like this in our area. SheJumps.org is a 501c(3) non-profit organization with a mission to increase the participation of girls and women in outdoor activities.

A portion of the proceeds will also go to the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center (IPAC). The Friends of IPAC is a non-profit 501c(3), organized to support and contribute to the educational and public advisory activities provided for the public by the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center.

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Jepson Center 114

Gonzaga University, 502 E Boone Ave

Spokane, WA 99258

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