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Beacons & Beers: Avalanche Companion Gear & Rescue Techniques

As the first of a three-part Avalanche Education Series, join your fellow Tahoe backcountry enthusiasts for a community-oriented fun night at Tahoe Mountain Sports on November 20 and learn the basics of beacon use, or just brush up on your avalanche expertise and transceiver techniques. Experienced mountain guide and Level 3 AIARE instructor Tom Carter, and Ortovox Rep Jared Rodriguez, will be present to lead a discussion about the basics of companion rescue gear and techniques. Tom will also lead a hands-on lesson on how to properly and efficiently use your avalanche transceiver. Bring your own avalanche gear to practice with, demo some of the newest Ortovox models or just come with an appetite to learn, and you won't be disappointed.

Food and drink will be available to all attendees. Tahoe Mountain Sports (TMS) will offer special discounts on products in the store this night only! This event is free and open to the public. We’ll begin with a 45-60 minute classroom presentation/discussion before heading outside for beacon, probe and shovel exercises. If there is not enough snow to do practice search techniques, we'll head to the sand on the beach across the street. To learn as much as possible and understand your gear the best for the big season ahead, attendees will split up into smaller groups outside. Attendees should bring headlamps and dress appropriately for the hands-on practice search we'll do outdoors after the presentation.

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  • Jaime Rebecca W.

    If we are short on gear, should we still attend?

    November 15, 2013

    • Adam B.

      Jaime, YES! There will be some extra beacons, and in case there aren't enough to go around we can partner up for the demos and field practice.

      November 15, 2013

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