3116: Backcountry Avalanche Course - OENZ

    Run by Outdoor Education New Zealand

    Course ID:3116
    Start Date:04-07-2022
    End Date: 07-07-2022
    Closing Date: 23-05-2022
    Member Price: 2199.00
    Course Discipline: Other
    Location: Central South Island
    Course Type: Training

    What is required to complete the application process:

    Backcountry Avalanche Course

    A comprehensive  4-day backcountry avalanche course for walkers and climbers. Learn everything from how to use an avalanche transceiver to technical rescues and snowpack analysis.

    No Prerequisites


    Course Content

    Weather & avalanche forecasts

    • Introduction to the NZ BackcountryAvalanche Advisory
    • Mountain Weather in NZ

    Avalanche transceivers

    • Pre-trip checks
    • Wearing a transceiver
    • Coarse search techniques
    • Fine search techniques
    • Pin-point search techniques

    Probing & digging

    • Spiral Probing  technique
    • Snow Shoveling techniques
    • Team digging

    Safe terrain travel 

    • Identifying avalanche terrain
    • Identifying terrain traps
    • Introduction to safe travel techniques

    Rescue scenario’s

    • Buddy rescue
    • Small party rescue scenarios
    • Multiple burial scenarios

    Snow Pack 

    • Simple stability tests
    • Identifying layers
    • Snow crystal identification
    • Compression tests
    • Extended column test


    Visit Backcountry Avalanche Course on the OENZ website for more information


    Course enquires, bookings and payment should be made directly to Outdoor Education New Zealand.  Contact Sarah at: admin@oenz.co.nz ph: 03 329 9076 or go directly to their website at www.oenz.co.nz

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