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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 2016 - 2017 season.

OCTOBER 5 (Wed) -- NEW MEMBER/GARAGE ORIENTATION

  • Where: Tahoe City
  • When: 6:00pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Russ Viehmann (use current callout list for phone #)

Join Russ for a new member based orientation into the workings of TNSAR, as well as a primer on the organization of the Team Garage.

OCTOBER 15 (Sat) -- CALIFORNIA AVALANCHE WORKSHOP

  • Where: Lake Tahoe Community College
  • When: 9:00am 1 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe,
  • Contact: Jeff DeVries (use current callout list for phone #)

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 at www.ltccconnect.com under Life Enhancement.

OCTOBER 19 (Wed) -- 5-DAY WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER

  • Where: Squaw Valley Fire
  • When: am Squaw Valley Fire
  • Contact: Neil Morse (use current callout list for phone #)

5-Day WFR put on by Crested Butte Outdoors October 19-23. This is external to the team, so out of pocket ($775 + 4% cc fee) unless you petition the board for reimbursement. Contact Neil for more info.

OCTOBER 29 (Sat) -- OHV TRAINING

  • Where: Cabin creek trailhead
  • When: 9:30am Cabin creek trailhead
  • Contact: Dick hilly /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Bring your OHV for a fun dust free ride up Cabin Creek Trail. Terrain familiarization, route finding and navigation skills.

OCTOBER 30 (Sun) -- BAY TO BAY TERRAIN FAMILIARZATION

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

Join Sara for a beautiful fall hike along the West Shore of Lake Tahoe between Meeks Bay and Emerald Bay. Route finding and navigation skills a plus.

NOVEMBER 9 (Wed) -- NIGHTTIME GPS NAVIGATION

  • Where: Tahoe City
  • When: 6:00pm Tahoe XC
  • Contact: Andrew Osterreicher (use current callout list for phone #)

Come out and brush up on your GPS navigation skills and radio protocol with Andrew.

NOVEMBER 12 (Sat) -- MAP AND COMPASS

  • Where: North Tahoe Beach (Across from Safeway)
  • When: 8:00am North Tahoe Beach
  • Contact: Randall Osterhuber (use current callout list for phone #)

Join Randall for a morning session of map and compass work. He will be covering all the basics of navigation with hands on techniques and practice. If you have a compass and maps of the North Tahoe/Kings Beach area, please bring.

NOVEMBER 15 (Tue) -- ANATOMY OF A SEARCH

  • Where: Tahoe City
  • When: 6:00pm Tahoe City Fire Station
  • Contact: Dirk Schoonmaker (use current callout list for phone #)

Come learn the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of a typical search in a classroom setting. Get a glimpse behind the curtain and a better understanding of how everything unfolds.

DECEMBER 5 (Mon) -- WINTER ILLNESS & INJURY SYMPOSIUM

  • Where: Hyatt Regency
  • When: 3:00pm Hyatt Regency
  • Contact: Register Below (use current callout list for phone #)

The Winter Sports Symposium-Get the latest treatment modalities and strategies to manage winter injuries. Open to all Team Members. You must register yourself. NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR AT INCLINE VILLAGE. Register here.

DECEMBER 17 (Sat) -- MOCK SEARCH

  • Where: Pole Creek
  • When: 9:00am Bradley Hut
  • Contact: Doug Read (use current callout list for phone #)

Doug Read will be leading a mock search training at the Bradley Hut on Saturday 12/17-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 filled overnight.

JANUARY 4 (Wed) -- AVI PACK 101 - !! POSTPONED !!

  • Where: Tahoe City
  • When: 6:00pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Peter York (use current callout list for phone #)

THIS TRAINING IS POSTPONED! Come on down for a comprehensive evening covering the use and protocols associated with a critical piece of search gear. Also a chance to deploy your airbag, repack it and refill the canister.

JANUARY 11 (Wed) -- COORDINATOR TRAINING

  • Where: Tahoe City
  • When: 6:00pm Tahoe City Fire Station
  • Contact: Troy Corliss (use current callout list for phone #)

An interactive forum to reacquaint skills and revive enthusiasm for this all too important function. We will review the callout checklist and become acquainted with the team gmail account and other technological advances that are designed to make our job activating the Search a little easier.

JANUARY 14 (Sat) -- TEAM SPECIFIC AVALANCHE TRAINING

  • Where: Tahoe City PUD and in the field
  • When: 7:15am Tahoe City PUD board room
  • Contact: Russ Viehmann (use current callout list for phone #)

Please see forum for two attachments to be downloaded and reviewed before training

JANUARY 15 (Sun) -- TEAM SPECIFIC AVALANCHE TRAINING

  • Where: Tahoe City PUD and in the field
  • When: 7:15am Tahoe City PUD board room
  • Contact: Russ Viehmann (use current callout list for phone #)

Please view forum for two attachments that need to be downloaded and reviewed before training

JANUARY 18 (Wed) -- BEACON TRAINING

  • Where: 345 Old County Road
  • When: 6:00pm Old County
  • Contact: Paul Kitano (use current callout list for phone #)

Paul will be leading a training focusing on several avalanche scenarios and the use of your transceivers in real world burial situations. Always good to brush up on skills that don't get practiced enough.

JANUARY 21 (Sat) -- DEEP CREEK / POLE CREEK TOUR - !! POSTPONED !!

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

!! POSTPONED !! Join Matt for a full day tour in the Deep and Pole Creek canyons. The focus will be on terrain familiarization, navigation, and of course amazing powder turns. We'll also be joined by a handful of skiers from other SAR teams. Call ahead as plans may change at the last minute depending on weather and avalanche forecasts.

JANUARY 25 (Wed) -- SILVER PEAK TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION AND BBQ

  • Where: Silver Peak of course!
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 8am pole creek trailhead
  • Contact: Doug Read /1(use current callout list for phone #)

ski and BBQ in the backcountry. Someone bring a BBQ grate, Dougs cooking authentic wood fired sausages and steaks. BYOB

JANUARY 28 (Sat) -- SIERRA CREST SKI TOUR

  • Where: Sierra Crest
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 8:00am Squaw Parking lot
  • Contact: Mark Johnson (use current callout list for phone #)

An all day adventure working on safe travel, navigation and beacon skills in the area along the Sierra Crest somewhere between Squaw and Barker Pass. We will be taking KT-22 up at 8:30, and entering 5 Lakes drainage from the KT saddle. Be sure to RSVP and bring a lunch and sunscreen, as it will be a long day in the sun!

FEBRUARY 4 (Sat) -- AVALANCHE SCENARIO TRAINING

  • Where: Negro Canyon area
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage; 8:30am Negro Canyon Trailhead
  • Contact: Mike Trombetta (use current callout list for phone #)

Mike will be leading a training focusing on the use of your transceivers, probes and shovels in multiple situations. We will have a single burial, a multiple burial and a strategic probing/shoveling station. From the Negro Canyon Trailhead - skin in just a few hundred yards until you come to the right turn by the "Riding in Avalanche Terrain" sign. Take the right turn, and we will be just up ahead on the uphill side. Call ahead so we know how many are coming. Thanks

FEBRUARY 4 (Sat) -- SNOWMOBILE GEO CACHE

  • Where: fiberboard area
  • When: 8.30am Team Garage
  • Contact: dick hilly /1(use current callout list for phone #)

ring your Sled and your GPS. We will be leaving from the Team Garage and practicing GPS & Navigation Skills in the 06 and Fiberboard area.

Please call ahead so we know how many are coming. Thanks

FEBRUARY 8 (Wed) -- COORDINATORS TRAINING

  • Where: Tahoe City Fire station
  • When: 6:00pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Troy corliss /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Coordinators training. Please bring your device you would use to call out a search

FEBRUARY 11 (Sat) -- MYSTERY TOUR

  • Where: TBA
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage
  • Contact: Geoff Quine (use current callout list for phone #)

Come on out with current Board member Geoff Quine. Where are you going? Who cares? On the menu for the day will be a stout tour, navigation & avy skills, and of course top notch camaraderie!

FEBRUARY 11 (Sat) -- SNOWCAT OPERATIONS

  • Where: Martis Peak
  • When: 12:00pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Scott Meyer (use current callout list for phone #)

Calibrating the new GPS unit on the snowcat.

FEBRUARY 12 (Sun) -- SNOWMOBILE AND SNOCAT TRAINING

  • Where: Martis Peak Area
  • When: 8:30am Team Garage; 9:00am Martis Peak area
  • Contact: Kyle Railton /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Smowmobile and snowcat training utilizing portable repeater, navigation systems, radio use. a strong right thumb is recommended

FEBRUARY 15 (Wed) -- RECCO TRAINING

  • Where: team garage
  • When: 6.00pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Devin Heimstra or Peter Y /1(use current callout list for phone #)

it will run a couple hours and we will start inside and then head outside on the golf course to practice. People will need to bring headlamps and skis

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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