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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.

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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 2019 - 2020 season.

OCTOBER 10 (Thu) -- ALPINE HIGH ANGLE PART 1

  • Where: Tahoe City
  • When: 5:30pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Ryan Decker (use current callout list for phone #)

Mostly classroom session focusing on equipment, knots and methods. Refresh for those who went through the course last year and a good prerequisite for field sessions for others. Bring harness and personal climbing gear. More info on what to bring will be provided to participants.

OCTOBER 22 (Tue) -- CHP AIR OPERATIONS SEMINAR

  • Where: Tbd
  • When: 9:00am Tbd
  • Contact: Russ viehmann /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Invite only training with CHP

OCTOBER 23 (Wed) -- CHP AIR OPERATIONS SEMINAR

  • Where: Tbd
  • When: 9:00am Tbd
  • Contact: Russ viehmann /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Invite only CHP training

OCTOBER 24 (Thu) -- VIA FERRATA

  • Where: Squaw Valley USA
  • When: 9:00am Team Garage; 9:30am Alpenglow Expeditions Office
  • Contact: Logan Talbott (use current callout list for phone #)

Note: space is limited, so if you haven't already been in contact with Logan, don't expect to be added. We'll be spending a good 4-5 hours climbing and familiarizing on Tram Face. There will be harnesses and helmets available for everyone, but feel free to bring your own if you like.

OCTOBER 26 (Sat) -- PALISADES CREEK TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

  • Where: Royal Gorge
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 8:00am Wild Cherries - Truckee
  • Contact: Jeff DeVries (use current callout list for phone #)

Come hike a reverse mountain (1st half descent, then climb out) with the "peak" being the North Fork of the American River (downstream from The Cedars). It will be a full day of around 14 miles, focusing on navigation and terrain familiarization.

NOVEMBER 2 (Sat) -- CALIFORNIA AVALANCHE WORKSHOP

  • Where: Kings Beach
  • When: 9:00am North Tahoe Events Center
  • Contact: Jeff DeVries (use current callout list for phone #)

6th annual California Avalanche Workshop. This is a preseason knowledge sharing gathering of the backcountry snow traveling tribe and an opportunity to analyze accidents, learn from pros, and network. 9am-5pm. Social and festivities to follow outside on Lakeview Terrace. This won't be an organized training, so no need to check in with Jeff ahead of time. Cost is $20, tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/california-avalanche-workshop-tickets-73070619189

NOVEMBER 11 (Mon) -- NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

  • Where: Team Garage
  • When: 6:30pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Tim Bosse /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Come all new and newish members to Tim Bosse's famous New Member Orientation. Popcorn, pony rides and a complete tour of the SAR barn with skits and stories are planned. An oration on the history of the Tahoe Nordic Search and rescue team and how you can fit in will cap the evening. Please join us

NOVEMBER 13 (Wed) -- AVI PACK/RECCO 101

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

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. Peter will also give a quick primer on the RECCO detector if time allows.

NOVEMBER 17 (Sun) -- ALPINE HIGH ANGLE PART 2

  • Where: Donner Summit
  • When: 8:20am Team Garage; 8:40am Wild Cherries
  • Contact: Ryan Decker & Logan Talbott (use current callout list for phone #)

Combination of classroom, field work, and scenario based training on high angle rescue skills and methods. Come prepared to spend most of the day outside. List of gear to bring and other information will be sent to participants. Meet at Rainbow Bridge Parking at 9:00 am. Dirk will be bringing the truck from Tahoe City, contact him if you want to ride along.

NOVEMBER 25 (Mon) -- TEAM TRUCK & NIGHTTIME GPS

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

We’ll pull gear off the truck and make sure it all still works. The emphasis will be learning how to work with a GPS to navigate to a contrived scenario where you can brush up on your first aid, packaging and/or avi skills. Bring a typical search pack, headlamp and boots as part of the training will take place in the field.

DECEMBER 7 (Sat) -- BRADLEY HUT OVERNIGHT

  • Where: Pole Creek
  • When: 9:30am Team Garage; 10:00am Pole Creek Trailhead
  • Contact: Tim Bosse (use current callout list for phone #)

Ski in and spend the night at the historic Bradley Hut. More info on the forum.

DECEMBER 11 (Wed) -- TNSAR EDUCATION SEMINAR

  • Where: Team Garage
  • When: 6:00pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Bernie Mellor (use current callout list for phone #)

Come Learn new skills to teach to our 4th graders. Veterans are invited to share stories and techniques to impart our great knowledge to the youth.We will be outside for some of the time so dress appropriately

DECEMBER 15 (Sun) -- GROUSE RIDGE TO TWIN PEAKS

  • Where: Team Garage
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 8:00am top o' ward
  • Contact: Russ Viehmann (use current callout list for phone #)

We will be touring the ridge between Alpine Meadows and twin peaks,maybe dip our toes into Grouse Creek drainage or Bear Pen depending on conditions, bring a lunch

DECEMBER 17 (Tue) -- FIELD DAY WITH JAN

  • Where: Team Garage
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage
  • Contact: Jan Czyzewski (use current callout list for phone #)

Travel the woods with Jan, terrain familiarization, avy skills, and other fun will be on the menu

DECEMBER 18 (Wed) -- BEACON TRAINING

  • Where: Tahoe City
  • When: 6:00pm 345 Old County Road
  • 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.

DECEMBER 21 (Sat) -- CANCELLED- SKIER AND SLED OPERATIONS TRAINING

  • Where: Team Garage
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage; 8:30am Brockway summit
  • Contact: Dick Hilly /1(use current callout list for phone #)

come out to see how we integrate skiers and snowmobiles on a search. Bring your search pack, goggles and leather gloves are a good idea

DECEMBER 27 (Fri) -- SNOWCAT TRAINING

  • Where: Team Garage
  • When: 10:00am Team Garage
  • Contact: Scott Meyer or Ray Obrien (use current callout list for phone #)

come out and learn all about the teams snowcats. The new one and ole' betsy will be available. We are looking for snowcat drivers who are interested in training to operate our cats on searches.

DECEMBER 28 (Sat) -- SNOWCAT REPAIR MISSION

  • Where: Powderhorn xreek
  • When: 5am Team Garage
  • Contact: Dirk schoonmaker (use current callout list for phone #)

Fix it

DECEMBER 29 (Sun) -- SUGAR BOWL

  • Where: Sugar bowl
  • When: 8am Team Garage; 9am Judah Lodge
  • Contact: Andrew Coburn (use current callout list for phone #)

Spend the day in and out of bounds with TNSAR’s private patroller/guide Andrew Coburn. Think Roller pass, the PR, lake run. Be there

DECEMBER 29 (Sun) -- CANCELLED - SNOWCAT OPERATIONS

  • Where: Coldstream Canyon
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage
  • Contact: Scott Meyer (use current callout list for phone #)

Scott will be taking the snow cat out to rendezvous with the skiers involved in the Sugarbowl training. Give him a call if you're interested in joining.

DECEMBER 29 (Sun) -- CANCELLED --- SNOWCAT TRAINING

  • Where: Coldstream canyon
  • When: 9am Coldstream
  • Contact: Ray Obrien (use current callout list for phone #)

Snowcat operations training. We will meet the skiers coming out of Sugar Bowl.

JANUARY 4 (Sat) -- DIAMOND CROSSING- NEW ROUTE EXPLORATION

  • Where: diamond crossing/ little powderhorn
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage; 8:15am Alpine Meadows parking lot
  • Contact: Scott Meyer- mechanized /1; Russ Viehmann- skiers (use current callout list for phone #)

This training is to specifically find a new, easier route out of Diamond Crossing. Open to A team skiers, snowmobiles and snowcat drivers. Open to B team with an A team mentor. The plan is to leave Alpine meadows, ski down to diamond crossing and investigate several options out little powderhorn to the snowcat. We will leave garage at 8 sharp. On summit chair at 8:45. Bring a lunch

JANUARY 18 (Sat) -- RUBICON RESCUE

  • Where: Rubicon peak
  • When: 7:45am Team Garage
  • Contact: Brad Altman /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Brad will be leading a mock search with a medical rescue on Rubicon Peak. Be there or be a equilateral polygon. Please do not drive solo as parking is a concern. Confirm attendance by 12 noon on friday. That is all

JANUARY 21 (Tue) -- SQUAW VALLEY ORIENTATION

  • Where: Squaw Valley USA
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 8:00am Squaw Ticket Office
  • Contact: Sara Carbonari (use current callout list for phone #)

Tour of and familiarization of the inbounds terrain and boundary at Squaw. Let Sara know if you aren't a part of the Ikon horde and will be needing a lift ticket.

JANUARY 27 (Mon) -- MULTIPLE BURIAL BEACON PRACTICE PM NOT AM!!

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

Come out and practice those multiple burials in a friendly setting. You will become much more proficient and its good practice before the team Avy training.

JANUARY 31 (Fri) -- TNSAR AVY SEMINAR

  • Where: TBD
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage
  • Contact: Scott Meyer /1(use current callout list for phone #)

2 day avalanche rescue class, tailored specifically to the teams needs. Details coming soon

FEBRUARY 1 (Sat) -- TNSAR AVY SEMINAR

  • Where: TBD
  • When: 7:30am TBD
  • Contact: Scott Meyer (use current callout list for phone #)

2 day avalanche rescue class, tailored specifically to the teams needs. Details coming soon

FEBRUARY 1 (Sat) -- HRT TRAINING

  • Where: Baldwin beach
  • When: 8:30am Baldwin beach
  • Contact: Russ /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Training for HRT MEMBERS.

FEBRUARY 7 (Fri) -- ROPE RESCUE REFRESHER

  • Where: Team Garage
  • When: 6:00pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Dirk Schoonmaker / (use current callout list for phone #)

Andy Anderson will come by and refresh us on the stranded skier pickoff and other systems we have been working on in our high angle trainings. Open to anyone with an OES card. Basic knot rope handling skills are helpfull. This is a short refresh, lasting about 1 1/2 hrs

FEBRUARY 15 (Sat) -- NORTHSTAR

  • Where: Northstar
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage
  • Contact: Dirk Lewis /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Come learn the ins and outs of Northstar. Bring your search pack and skins. Call Dirk Lewis by Wednesday the 12th if you are attending

FEBRUARY 22 (Sat) -- SILVER PEAK TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

  • Where: Silver Peak
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 8:00am Pole Creek Trailhead
  • Contact: Andrew Oesterriecher /4(use current callout list for phone #)

Ski day to Silver Peak and the Pole Creek drainage. All are invited, Bring search packs and a lunch

MARCH 10 (Tue) -- COORDINATORS TRAINING

  • Where: Tahoe City PUD
  • When: 6:00pm Tc PUD board room
  • Contact: Matt jacobs /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Meeting for current coordinators. Learn new call out procedures and how to use paging system

MARCH 22 (Sun) -- ON SNOW HIGH ANGLE TRAINING (POSTPONED)

  • Where: Tram Face
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 8:00am Squaw parking lot/ Alpenglow expedi
  • Contact: Logan Talbot/ Ryan Decker /1(use current callout list for phone #)

Part three of this years high angle training. Must have attended the previous trainings to attend. Be prepared for a full day in steep terrain. Bring all pertinent gear for the occasion. Helmets and harnesses are a must. Skis/ hiking boots/ crampons TBD

APRIL 18 (Sat) -- VOLCANOS DEL NORTE

  • Where: Not the Sierra
  • When: TBDam TBD
  • Contact: Andrew Oesterriecher /1(use current callout list for phone #)

lets blow this joint and ski in a different range. Team trip to Shasta, Lassen, probably both, Call Long and Lanky for the details

APRIL 25 (Sat) -- WILDERNESS FIRST AID (WFA) (POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2020)

  • Where: TBD
  • When: 8:00am TBD
  • Contact: Matt Jacobs / 1(use current callout list for phone #)

Two day WFA class in April 25 and 26. Must attend both days. More info to come

JUNE 6 (Sat) -- EMT AND WFR RECERTIFICATION

  • Where: TBD
  • When: 8:00am TBD
  • Contact: Matt Jacobs /1(use current callout list for phone #)

3 Day recert for active EMTs and WFRs. must attend all three days. More info to come

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