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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.

Wondering what to bring? Check out a suggested Gear List.

If you provide a training, or otherwise require a reimbursement from TNSAR (for lunch subsidy, equipment purchase, etc), please use this form for reimbursement.

The following were the TNSAR trainings for the 2014 - 2015 season.

OCTOBER 18 (Sat) -- CALIFORNIA AVALANCHE WORKSHOP

  • Where: South Lake Tahoe, CA
  • When: 9:00am LTCC Board Room
  • Contact: Jeff DeVries (use current callout list for phone #)

The California Avalanche Workshop is a pre-season gathering of snow travelers to share knowledge, learn, laugh, and network. This seminar is modeled after the International Snow Science Workshop and other regional one-day snow and avalanche workshops throughout the west. It will feature a variety of speakers in the morning, then break for lunch (on your own) and return for additional speakers in the afternoon.

Register Online: https://register.asapconnected.com/EventDetail.aspx?pk=334074

OCTOBER 25 (Sat) -- WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE

  • Where: Squaw Valley Fire
  • When: 8am Squaw Valley Fire
  • Contact: Steve Reynaud (use current callout list for phone #)

The Team will be hosting a private Wilderness First Aid Course the weekend of 10/25-10/26, 8am-4pm. Sign ups will be first come first serve with priority given to A team/B team/ and then team members. A fully refundable deposit of $150 will be needed to hold your spot on the course. Deposit checks can be mailed to Steve Reynaud, PO Box 1976, Truckee, CA 96160. Checks made out to TNSAR.

NOVEMBER 1 (Sat) -- FIELD COMM DAY

  • Where: Powderhorn Creek/Barker Pass
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage
  • Contact: Paul Cushing (use current callout list for phone #)

Paul will lead us on a hike on Little and Big Powderhorn Creek from Barker Pass. We will be practicing with the portable repeater, radios and gps. Plan for a full day with 8-10 miles of hiking. Contact Paul for more info.

NOVEMBER 4 (Tue) -- MID-WEEK TRAINING POTPOURRI

  • Where: TBD
  • When: 8am Team Garage
  • Contact: Erin Reading ; Jessica Berney (use current callout list for phone #)

Prepare for a full day of hiking with training activities interspersed. Expect surprise scenarios, off trail navigation, and scavenger hunt prizes. Bring GPS, compass, first aid kit, and beacon. Maps will be provided.

NOVEMBER 8 (Sat) -- ALPINE TO TWIN PEAKS-TERRAIN FAMILIARZATION

  • Where: Alpine Meadows
  • When: 8am Team Garage
  • Contact: Joe Pace (use current callout list for phone #)

Join Joe for a fun filled day hiking on the PCT trail from Alpine to Twin Peaks and beyond. This terrain is prime time search terrain for the team in the winter and summer months. Call Joe for more info.

NOVEMBER 19 (Wed) -- GPS AND BEACON PRACTICE

  • Where: Team Garage
  • When: 6pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Jimmy Smith (use current callout list for phone #)

Jimmy will lead a GPS and Beacon practice training at the Team Garage from 6-9pm. Pull the gear out of the closet, dust off, install new batteries and come and refresh some skills.

DECEMBER 1 (Mon) -- WINTER SPORTS SYMPOSIUM

  • Where: Resort at Squaw Creek
  • When: 3pm Resort at Squaw Creek
  • Contact: Register below. (use current callout list for phone #)

The Winter Sports Symposium-Get the latest treatment modalities and strategies to manage winter injuries. The Team supports all A Team, B Team and Team Members with funding to attend. You must register yourself and refund will be given out at night of event.

Check here for more info: http://www.tfhd.com/wsis2014/

And you can register here: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=c297dc

DECEMBER 11 (Thu) -- TNSAR 101 TRAINING

  • Where: North Tahoe Fire Station #51
  • When: 6pm North Tahoe Fire Station #51
  • Contact: Jim Helminiak (use current callout list for phone #)

New Member Essentials. Iím a member, I have my OES card, Iíve been to some trainings, now what? Who: TNSAR members or aspiring members seeking to get more involved in SAR. This training will give new members and members with limited search experience valuable insight to the dynamics of TNSAR. You can count on hands on experience and the knowledge to help you prepare for your first or next SAR.

DECEMBER 13 (Sat) -- SNOWCAT 101

  • Where: Team Garage
  • When: 1pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Ray O'Brien (use current callout list for phone #)

Ray will lead us through snowcat basics from 1-3pm at the garage. Come on over for a fun afternoon.

DECEMBER 14 (Sun) -- MOCK SEARCH

  • Where: Ward Canyon
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage
  • Contact: Russ Viehmann (use current callout list for phone #)

Join past president and team member extraordinaire, Russ Viehmann for a mock search in the often scoured Ward Canyon adjacent to Alpine Meadows.

DECEMBER 20 (Sat) -- MOCK SEARCH

  • Where: Pole Creek
  • When: 8am Bradley Hut; 2pm Friday- Pole Creek TH
  • Contact: Doug Read (use current callout list for phone #)

Doug Read will be leading a mock search training at the Bradley Hut on Saturday 12/20-be at hut by 9am. A group will be heading out Friday afternoon at 2pm and will be sleeping in the hut. Come out for a fun fill overnight.

JANUARY 4 (Sun) -- SIERRA CREST SKI TOUR

  • Where: Deep Creek
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage; 8:30am Deep Creek Trailhead
  • Contact: Jeff DeVries (use current callout list for phone #)

Get fired up for the New Year with a ski tour from the bottom of the Truckee River Canyon to the Sierra Crest. Work off the holiday excess by breaking trail through all the new snow! Navigation, communication, and avalanche awareness will be the focuses of this all day affair.

JANUARY 10 (Sat) -- TNSAR AVALANCHE REFRESHER

  • Where: Team Garage
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage
  • Contact: Steve Reynaud (use current callout list for phone #)

The Team will be putting on our annual avalanche refresher course on January 10th. Class size is limited to 14 folks, you must contact Steve to get your name on the list before the training. First come first serve. This will be an all day training.

JANUARY 11 (Sun) -- SOUTH LAKE AND BEYOND

  • Where: South
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage
  • Contact: Sara Carbonari (use current callout list for phone #)

Join Board Member Sara Carbonari for a journey to the southern reaches of the lake to explore areas we are often called upon for mutual aid while brushing up on safe travel practices, navigation and companion rescue.

JANUARY 12 (Mon) -- CANCELED-CHP HELI TRAINING

  • Where: Squaw Valley
  • When: 6:30am Team Garage; 7am Squaw Valley
  • Contact: Jeb Mirczak (use current callout list for phone #)

CANCELED DUE TO HELI MAINTENANCE. Small CHP heli training limited to A-Team skiers only-5 openings total. 7am-12pm. Contact Jeb for more info. Larger Heli joint training scheduled for March.

JANUARY 14 (Wed) -- MAP AND GPS OFFICE HOURS #1

  • Where: Meeting Room At Fire Station 51
  • When: 6:00pm
  • Contact: Matt Jacobs (use current callout list for phone #)

Confused and overwhelmed by all that navigation tech you're carrying around? Let team guru Matt Jacobs straighten things out for you. Drop in at any time for help with maps/grids/datums, CalTopo and other mapping tools, and moving data on and off your GPS. There will be some exercises to work on, or just stop by to get your questions answered. 6-10pm.

JANUARY 22 (Thu) -- MAP AND GPS OFFICE HOURS #2

  • Where: Meeting Room At Fire Station 51
  • When: 6:00pm
  • Contact: Matt Jacobs (use current callout list for phone #)

Confused and overwhelmed by all that navigation tech you're carrying around? Let team guru Matt Jacobs straighten things out for you. Drop in at any time for help with maps/grids/datums, CalTopo and other mapping tools, and moving data on and off your GPS. There will be some exercises to work on, or just stop by to get your questions answered. 6-10pm.

JANUARY 27 (Tue) -- CANCELLED - COMM VAN TRAINING - CANCELLED

  • Where: Burton Creek Sheriffs Dept.
  • When:
  • Contact: Kim Bromley (use current callout list for phone #)

CANCELLED. If you are interested in getting involved with TNSAR this is one of the faster ways to participate. This is a how-to and inside tour of the comm van. This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the team. The comm van team can make a huge difference in the overall SAR experience and this training will get you ready to join the team at the next SAR.

JANUARY 28 (Wed) -- NIGHTTIME MAP AND COMPASS/GPS NAVIGATION

  • Where: Paige Meadows
  • When: 5:30pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Geoff Quine (use current callout list for phone #)

Join Geoff for hands on and realistic navigation skills in Paige Meadows. 5:30-9pm.

FEBRUARY 8 (Sun) -- AVALANCHE SCENARIO PRACTICE

  • Where: Team Garage
  • When: 8am Team Garage
  • Contact: Russ Viehmann (use current callout list for phone #)

Join Russ for a day of avalanche rescue practice and skills. Training is open to all team members. Come on out for some fun.

MARCH 17 (Tue) -- CHP HELI TRAINING

  • Where: Squaw Valley
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 8am Squaw Valley
  • Contact: Paul Honeywell (use current callout list for phone #)

CHP Heli training with A and B team skiers only. High angle rescue work, packaging, raising and lowering skills practice. Contact Paul for more info.

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