Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue, Inc. Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue, Inc.
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 2017 - 2018 season.

OCTOBER 7 (Sat) -- SAR YUBA GAP TRAINING

  • Where: Yuba Gap
  • When: 6:45am Team Garage
  • Contact: Brendan Compton /email@baproductions.tv(use current callout list for phone #)

Brendan Compton from Placer County 4X4 Team along with a planning committee is hosting an official all team training day on Saturday, October 7, 2017 in the Yuba Gap area of Placer County. It will include a full day training beginning at 0730hrs and wrapping up around 1800hrs. The training is open to all PCSAR teams using their respective specialties and equipment. The invite also goes out to Tahoe Nordic members and Nevada County Search and Rescue, which will create a diverse training.

OCTOBER 8 (Sun) -- RUBICON PEAK HIKE

  • Where: Rubicon Peak
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage; 8:30am rubicon water tank
  • Contact: Russ Viehmann /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Come enjoy an early season,snow free hike up Rubicon Peak. A good time to meet new members and catch up with old

OCTOBER 14 (Sat) -- CALIFORNIA AVALANCHE WORKSHOP

  • Where: Lake Tahoe Community College
  • When: 9:00am 1 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe G
  • 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. The workshop will feature diverse speakers from different sectors of the winter sports industry. Register at: https://register.asapconnected.com/CourseDetail.aspx?CourseId=62363

OCTOBER 18 (Wed) -- NIGHTTIME NAVIGATION

  • Where: Paige Meadows
  • When: 6:00pm End of Sivertip
  • Contact: Mark Johnson (use current callout list for phone #)

Change out the batteries in your GPS and join Mark for a skills workshop focusing on real world navigation skills in the oft searched Paige Meadows locale...

OCTOBER 22 (Sun) -- CANCELLED TBD DRYLAND TRAINING CANCELLED

  • Where: TBD
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage
  • Contact: Neil Morse /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Training cancelled

NOVEMBER 1 (Wed) -- BEACON/PROBE/RECCO TRAINING

  • Where: Kings Beach
  • When: 3:00pm Beach in front of Conference Center
  • Contact: Devin Hiemstra (use current callout list for phone #)

Join Devin for a dryland refresher on our Avalanche safety electronics.

NOVEMBER 4 (Sat) -- SHOULDER SEASON POTPOURRI

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

If it's dry, lace up your hiking boots, if there's snow, break out the skis. Always a hard time of the year to predict the weather, but one things for sure: it will be a great day in the field with longtime team member Sara, honing our search and navigation skills.

NOVEMBER 8 (Wed) -- NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

  • Where: SAR garage
  • When: 6:00pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Tim Bosse /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Come to the team garage for an orientation on the team, our equipment and how to be the best member you can be! Also open to the old guard who cant remember where those darn maps are kept

NOVEMBER 12 (Sun) -- MAP AND COMPASS

  • Where: North Tahoe Beach (Across from Safeway)
  • When: 9:00am 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 (Wed) -- FIELD GPS NAVIGATION & RADIO TRAINING

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

Come out for an evening training session at TXC. Navigate your way between different waypoints using maps, GPS's and pure intuition in a scavenger hunt style adventure. There will be miscellaneous scenarios to work through as well throughout the evening. We should be done around 9pm.

NOVEMBER 18 (Sat) -- INYO SAR SALINE VALLEY TRAINING

  • Where: Saline Valley
  • When: tbaam Saline Valley
  • Contact: Brad Altman /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Weekend training with Inyo county SAR. Contact Brad Altman for more details

Who: You, your spouse/SO, kids, pets, gold fish/bird, etc. Needs to be mentioned here that your non-sworn in partner, gold fish, etc cannot ride in the county vehicles or participate in the training component of the trip; you’d have to drive your own rig, however they are welcome to be with us in Saline.

Where: Saline Valley - camp near mouth of Pat Keyes Canyon, tech rescue scenario TBA but likely Cougar

NOVEMBER 26 (Sun) -- SNOWCAT MAINTENANCE

  • Where: Tahoe City
  • When: 10:00am Team Garage
  • Contact: Ray O'Brien (use current callout list for phone #)

Grouser repairs.

DECEMBER 4 (Mon) -- WINTER ILLNESS & INJURY SYMPOSIUM

  • Where: Hyatt Regency
  • When: 3:00pm 111 Country Club Drive, Incline Vil
  • Contact: Register Below (use current callout list for phone #)

The Winter Sports Symposium - Get the latest treatment modalities and strategies to manage winter injuries including a segment on avalanche resuscitation by team member Eric Stendell. Open to all Team Members. You must register yourself. Register here: http://www.tfhd.com/wiis

DECEMBER 7 (Thu) -- PUBLIC SAFETY VIDEO

  • Where: Emerald pools (Yuba river)
  • When: 10am Team Garage; 11am Emerald pools (Yuba river)
  • Contact: Matt Jacobs /matt@mattj.net; Matt Jacobs /matt@mattj.net(use current callout list for phone #)

Matt Calcutt (CHP) asked if we could send the team truck and two people to emerald pools (yuba river) for a public safety video they're making. Call Matt for details.

DECEMBER 14 (Thu) -- PATIENT PACKAGING AND TRANSPORTATION SEMINAR

  • Where: team garage
  • When: 5:30pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Russ Viehmann /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Come learn about securing and transporting various patients in the backcountry. We will use the litter, sled, and sked in several variations

DECEMBER 15 (Fri) -- MOTORIZED SPECIFIC LEVEL 1 AVALANCHE COURSE

  • Where: Tahoe
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage
  • Contact: Justin Sheaff (use current callout list for phone #)

3 Day (Fri-Sun) motorized specific Level 1 Avalanche course offered in conjunction with Sierra Avalanche Center and covered by OHV Grants, so no cost to the participants. Spots are limited so get in touch with Justin ASAP.

DECEMBER 16 (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 12/16-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 27 (Sat) -- TEAM SPECIFIC AVALANCHE TRAINING

  • Where: Tahoe City PUD
  • When: 7:30am Tahoe City PUD
  • Contact: Scott Meyer /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Please see details and pre-course study information on the TNSAR forum

JANUARY 28 (Sun) -- TEAM SPECIFIC AVALANCHE TRAINING

  • Where: Tahoe City PUD
  • When: 7:30am Tahoe City PUD
  • Contact: Scott Meyer /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Please see details and pre-course study information on the TNSAR forum. Class starts at 7:30 sharp!

JANUARY 31 (Wed) -- PATIENT PACKAGING AND EVACUATION IN THE FIELD - RESCHEDULED

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

Come get trained by a professional! Team Member Eric Stendell will lead an all day training. Topics will include, avalanche extrication techniques, patient packaging with many sorts of methods, vacu-splint use, various transport methods real world situations. This training is on a Wednesday, bring a lunch

FEBRUARY 15 (Thu) -- GPS RADIO TRAINING

  • Where: team garage
  • When: 6:00pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Matt Jacobs /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Come learn the ins and outs of the new team radios, now with GPS tracking. Other tech items will also be discussed

FEBRUARY 24 (Sat) -- BACKCOUNTRY TRAVEL SYMPOSIUM

  • Where: TBD
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage
  • Contact: Rom Marcucci (use current callout list for phone #)

Join Rom for a discussion of preparedness before a search, as well as techniques while in the field to become more efficient and cover more ground. This training will involve getting outdoors on skis to practice these skills. Bring your full search kit.

MARCH 10 (Sat) -- WEST SHORE CRAP SHOOT

  • Where: West Shore of Lake Tahoe
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage
  • Contact: Geoff Quine (use current callout list for phone #)

Route selection, navigating to a point, avalanche scenario, and snorkel deep pow... How can you go wrong?

MARCH 11 (Sun) -- CHP HELICOPTER TRAINING

  • Where: Troy Caldwells property
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 7:45am 2400 Alpine meadows rd
  • Contact: Scott Meyer /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Come spend the day with H20. Open to A and B team members. Please bring eye and ear protection, search packs, skis and skins, climbing harness

MARCH 18 (Sun) -- WEST SHORE SKI

  • Where: West Shore of Lake Tahoe
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage
  • Contact: Dirk Schoonmaker (use current callout list for phone #)

In lieu of the postponed Squaw training, join Dirk for a skills and skiing based day on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe..

MARCH 21 (Wed) -- TECHNICAL KNOTS & ROPE SYSTEMS 101

  • Where: Team Garage/PUD room
  • When: 6:00pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Andrew Oesterreicher (use current callout list for phone #)

Knots for beginners. Come get a basic run down on different types of knots or rope systems that we might encounter in the field. Everyone should try to chose one knot from the list below and be prepared to teach it to the rest of the group. What is this knot good for? When would use your knot? When would you NOT use this knot: Figure 8 (on a bight, follow through), water knot, make shift webbing harness, girth hitch, prusik, double fisherman, european death knot, clove hitch, munter hitch

MARCH 24 (Sat) -- SUGAR BOWL TO SQUAW

  • Where: Sierra Crest
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage
  • Contact: Troy Corliss (use current callout list for phone #)

Join Troy for a Tahoe classic touring between Sugar Bowl and Squaw. Be ready for a full day out. Navigation, operating in avalanche terrain, and efficient travel will be major topics of the day.

MARCH 25 (Sun) -- CANCELED - SQUAW FAMILIARIZATION - CANCELED

  • Where: Squaw Valley
  • When: 7:45am Squaw Valley Tram Building; 3:45pm Squaw Valley Parking Lot
  • Contact: Peter York (use current callout list for phone #)

CANCELED - Tour around and learn the ins and outs of the oft searched Squaw Valley Ski Resort by longtime patrol member Peter York. Daytime session will be skier focused and the afternoon session will involve snowmos. As always, please call ahead so Peter can get a solid number and secure lift tickets.

MARCH 28 (Wed) -- COMM VAN TRAINING

  • Where: truckee
  • When: 2:00pm Truckee
  • Contact: Matt Jacobs /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Call Matt Jacobs for info

MARCH 29 (Thu) -- NIGHT AVY TRAINING

  • Where: grouse ridge
  • When: 5:30pm Team Garage; 5:45pm top of ward canyon
  • Contact: Russ Viehmann /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Plan is to run through a couple of avy scenarios, do some beacon practice in a typical search setting. Please bring search packs, headlamps, will probably last 2 hours

APRIL 4 (Wed) -- GROUSE ROCK / TWIN PEAKS TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

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

Join Jeb for a day of touring in the oft searched Alpine Meadows side country at the head of Ward Canyon. Topics to be covered include navigation, travel in avalanche terrain and communication.

APRIL 22 (Sun) -- GLACIER TRAVEL AND CREVASSE RESCUE

  • Where: probably Donner summit
  • When: 7:30am tahoe city
  • Contact: russ viehmann /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Been asked by several people to hold this training, so here it is. Bring ice axe, crampons, harness, and any equipment or knowledge you have. We will practice self arrest techniques, crevasse haul systems and snow/rock anchors

APRIL 27 (Fri) -- WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER/EMT REFRESHER

  • Where: Squaw Valley
  • When: 8:00am Squaw Valley Fire
  • Contact: Matt Jacobs (use current callout list for phone #)

3-day refresher (4/27-4/29) course for team members who are already WFRs or EMTs. See forum for details, let Matt know soon if you plan on going.

MAY 12 (Sat) -- WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE

  • Where: Squaw Valley
  • When: 8:00am Squaw Valley Fire
  • Contact: Matt Jacobs (use current callout list for phone #)

This two-day (5/12-5/13) class will give you a Wilderness First Aid certificate valid for 2 years. If you did one of the team's WFA trainings 2 years ago, your certificate is now lapsing and you should come take the class again. See forum for details, let Matt know soon if you plan on going.

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!

E-mail or Snail mail us
TNSAR staff

Friends of TNSAR

©2018 TNSAR
Non-profit Tax ID# 94-2737988