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TNSAR Training

The Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team holds several training sessions every month throughout the autumn, winter, and spring. Training exercises vary from the ubiquitous terrain familiarization to first aid, avalanche safety or backcountry navigation. The Team trainings are designed to be fun and informative and all Team members are encouraged to attend. The TNSAR garage is located at 223 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City, next to the Tahoe City Fire Department.

For insurance purposes every participant of a TNSAR training must have a civil defense card issued through the Office of Emergency Services (OES). Placer County is the local issuing agency for the card; call the sheriff's substation in Tahoe City for more information. Members of other Search and Rescue Teams (with current California State OES Card) may be welcome; please check with the training leader.

The following important notes are for training participants:

The following important notes are for training leaders:

OCTOBER 12 (Tue) -- CALTOPO MINI-GOLF

Join Troy to learn the ins and outs of CalTopo in real world situations. Please download the CalTopo app on your phone prior to the training. Training will run from 2pm - approximately 6pm.

OCTOBER 13 (Wed) -- ONE HOUR WEDNESDAY - KNOTS AND MORE?
A review of knots and hitches used by the team, possibly some anchor building if time allows, plan on an hour or so.

OCTOBER 16 (Sat) -- PALISADES TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION
Cross Country terrain familiarization from Alpine Meadows to Olympic Valley on what portends to be a fine fall day. Join Sara to a see the snowless version of this zone we've found ourselves in on numerous searches.

OCTOBER 20 (Wed) -- THREE HOUR WEDNESDAY - RUBICON FULL MOON HIKE
Enjoy a full moon hike up Rubicon Peak. Get dialed for night ops. Excellent views almost guaranteed.

OCTOBER 23 (Sat) -- WILDERNESS FIRST AID
Day 1 of Wilderness First Aid Class. See the forum for more information.

OCTOBER 24 (Sun) -- WILDERNESS FIRST AID
Day 2 of Wilderness First Aid Class. See the forum for more information.

OCTOBER 27 (Wed) -- ONE HOUR WEDNESDAY - BEACONS ON THE BEACH
A perennial favorite! Bring your headlamp, beacon, and a bag. Plan on an hour or so.

OCTOBER 30 (Sat) -- ALPINE HIGH ANGLE
A continuation of previous team alpine high angle trainings. This one will only be open to those who have attended previous AHA trainings with the team. Space is limited, so contact Logan to reserve your spot.

NOVEMBER 3 (Wed) -- ONE HOUR WEDNESDAY - NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION
The Hows, whats, whys, and wheres of TNSAR. All members, old and new, are welcome.

NOVEMBER 10 (Wed) -- ONE HOUR WEDNESDAY- ANATOMY OF A SEARCH
Search and Rescue is a hard business. Come and see what happens when the call goes out in the middle of the night. Dirk will lead us through a search from call out to clean up. This is a good one for newer members to and less active folks to familiarize ourselves with the process.

NOVEMBER 17 (Wed) -- ONE HOUR WEDNESDAY- COMMUNICATIONS
Spike will lead a talk through the team radios, GPS mics, and comm van. Come find out what a PL is. What's 155.160?


Training is an essential part of the Team's activities--new skills are learned, old skills honed, dormant skills rewakened.

Please arrive at the garage ready to depart. Noted times are for departure. Be sure to come to the Team trainings equipped with personal gear--specialized equipment can be borrowed from the Team truck. The Team Garage is located at 223 Fairway Drive, Tahoe City behind the Chevron Station.

The goal of TNSAR is to conduct fast and safe rescues, and to help educate the public on winter safety. If you would like to help TNSAR in this cause, please use the following PayPal donate link. Thanks!

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