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Skills for the Hills '2019: Lightning, Hypothermia and AMS

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Alpine Rescue Team

28802 Rainbow Hill Road

Evergreen, CO 80439

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How dramatic it is, but do you understand the causes—and signs of an imminent strike? What should you do when in the backcountry and lightning approaches; more importantly, what you should not do?

And a general discussion of the various signs and symptoms of the most common illnesses encountered in the high country:

  • Hypothermia – the four primary causes. Can I really get hypothermic in the summer?

  • AMS—Acute Mountain Sickness

  • HAPE – High Altitude Pulmonary Edema

  • HACE – High Altitude Cerebral Edema

What is "high country?" Signs and symptoms of these illnesses – are they the same or different? Who is susceptible? How long does it take to acclimate? Treatment.

These are important topics to know as you enter springtime in the Rockies.

Skills for the Hills is Alpine Rescue Team's public wilderness and backcountry education program. Our classes are free, however we appreicate donations at the door. We never charge you, your family or the local authorities for search and rescue.

Support Alpine Rescue Team and all Colorado SAR teams by purchasing a Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) Card. Buy a five-year ($12) or one-year ($3) card online .

"Skills for the Hills" is used with permission of Mountain Aid, Scotland.

Longs Peak photograph courtesy of Bo Insogna —


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Teenager and above.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is available in the RTD Parkn'Ride lot across the road, and in the dirt lot below our building. Do not park on the apron in front of Alpine Rescue Team HQ or on the fire department apron to the north.

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Alpine Rescue Team

28802 Rainbow Hill Road

Evergreen, CO 80439

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