Snow Season Produces Number of Avalanches

Avalanche1 Trains Backcountry Enthusiasts to Avoid Common Mistakes

January 17, 2014 – It’s the time of year when outdoor enthusiasts pursue backcountry adventures seeking outstanding scenery, challenging terrain and a feeling of being free and wanting to do it all over again tomorrow. It’s these adventures that bring memories which last a lifetime, but it’s also an adventure that can shift to a nightmare very quickly.

The start of the 2013-2014 season has brought drastic changes in temperature and plenty of wind providing all the necessary ingredients to build the perfect recipe for an avalanche. Are you familiar with this recipe and its required ingredients? Mike Duffy, owner and trainer for Avalanche1 is, and he can help you find these ingredients.

Mike started teaching after he was involved with two avalanche body recoveries in a month’s time as a member of the Vail Mountain Rescue Group in Colorado during the winter of 1992-1993. At that time, avalanche education was very expensive and classes emphasized snow science. This gave Mike the drive he needed to develop affordable, effective and practical training. Training started with seminars for all backcountry users and eventually led to classes offered at the Colorado Mountain College. Then in 2005, Avalanche1 was started to provide avalanche education to meet the specific needs of snowmobilers.

Avalanche1 classes train backcountry enthusiasts how to avoid common mistakes, the types of equipment that work best, human factors that trigger incidents, effective rescuing techniques and survival skills. Skills needed to help increase the chance of survival so you can end the day coming home. Avalache1 offers both classroom and field training. Classroom training emphasizes the ingredients needed to prepare for a backcountry adventure. Field training features avalanche beacon and rescue education. These are necessary skills for all enthusiasts seeking adventure in the backcountry.

January 30-February 1, Driven, LLC will offer classroom and field training with Mike Duffy and Avalanche1 in the Northern Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming based out of Bear Lodge Resort. For more information on the class, costs, and registration, visit www.sledchatter.com. Driven, LLC is also sponsoring technical rider training with Ride Rasmussen Style’s, Bret Rasmussen. Special guest appearances will include Pro Backcountry Freerider Brandon Chimenti, Cameron Chimenti of 3C Guiding and Tracy Long Photography. Meet and greet the riders and trainers during the evening of Friday, January 31st and help raise funds and awareness for the Burgess Junction Search and Rescue.

Driven, LLC is a consulting company with a mission to educate outdoor enthusiasts to be prepared.

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