Rescue Dynamics
5109 - 17A Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB, Canada T6L 1K5
phone (780) 461 - 5040
email:
http:www.rescuedynamics.ca

Winter 2017 Courses

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Alpine Club of Canada Calgary Section

Leadership Courses

This year there Rescue Dynamics has contracted with the Calgary Section to provide two leadership courses for winter 2010 and six for summer 2010. The courses are Waterfall Ice Climbing Leadership, Waterfall Ice Rescue, Intro to Alpine Climbing, Advanced Scrambling Leadership, Alpine Climbing Leadership (above two courses held back-to-back on July long weekend), Anchors, Scrambling Leadership and the Advanced Alpine Leadership course. Courses are arranged through Rescue Dynamics in Edmonton and are taught by Cyril Shokoples, an internationally certified mountain guide and Past President of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. Locations for each course are listed in the course information.

All of the technical gear is provided for climbing courses. Participants are responsible for their own food, boots, clothing and accommodation. Course details will be provided when participants sign up. Participants are required to complete a medical form and waiver before each course.

Course participants for these two courses only are required to book directly through the ACC Calgary Section course coordinator (Frederic Labarre). Payment is made directly to the Calgary Section for these two courses only. Participants are responsible to pay for their own accommodation upon arrival at the various hostels being used. Applications and related forms can be obtained by calling Rescue Dynamics. All course information and forms can be downloaded from the Rescue Dynamics website or viewed in html format.

For general information follow the links:


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Winter Ice Climbing Leadership
Dates: TBA

This letter will serve to introduce you to the 2005 ACC Calgary Section Winter Ice Leadership Seminar. The date for Waterfall Ice Leadership is December 10, 11, 2006.

The course description:

Waterfall Ice Leadership is designed to provide advanced training for the Calgary section trip leaders. Course content will include a skills review, belay setups, rope management, placing protection on lead, rappel anchors, rappel/lowering station management and managing groups in winter. The first day is primarily skills training while the second day will normally include a multi-pitch climb led by the participants under supervision.

This letter is to assist those who have been accepted on the course to prepare. To be accepted on the course you must complete the personal information form and waiver. This must be done prior to the courses beginning. You will be required to read, understand and sign the waiver when the course begins. There are no exceptions. The waiver must be witnessed by the instructor on the first morning of the course.

This will be an unusual weekend in that it is not at all about hard ice climbing. We will spend much of our time on easy to moderate terrain and focus on skills that will assist you to lead groups safely, efficiently and quickly. The weekend will begin with a day of skills review and practice followed by a second day in which we will likely attempt a multi-pitch climb. This course does not address modern mixed climbing or the use of rock protection. Rock protection is addressed in the Intermediate Rock course.

We depart at a reasonable time on Saturday and begin our first session at the parking lot. Many participants will be given the opportunity to lead, at least on easier sections of our approaches and climbs when it will further our goals. The activities of the second day will depend on the weather, our progress and the group needs.

I can provide all of the technical climbing equipment including ice tools, crampons, hardware, ropes, helmets, harnesses, avalanche beacons, shovels and probes if required. Note your requirements on the Rescue Dynamics application forms. If you will need any of the equipment listed, you must submit the forms to Rescue Dynamics no less than two weeks before the trip so that the gear can be brought out for you. (If you own your own gear, feel free to bring it.) Rescue Dynamics DOES NOT provide boots or clothing. I strongly recommend renting plastic boots for the winter ice weekend unless you have fairly stiff mountaineering boots with a good welt and over-gaiters. Be sure your clothing can handle the changes in mountain environment. We are outside all day on each day of each course, and the courses will proceed in all but the most severe weather.

The winter equipment list may help you to prepare. You are responsible for your own meals, accommodation and transportation for the course. Prepare a bag lunch and bring water or other drinks for each day of the course, as we do not return to the vehicles for lunch.

The meeting time and place for Ice Leadership is 8:00 am on Saturday at the Shunda Creek Hostel near Nordegg. Be completely ready to go at that time. Your forms should all be filled out and you should have read the copy of the waiver. You will be required to read and sign a new copy of the waiver, which the instructor will witness on the first day of the course.

Bookings have been done to stay both nights at the hostel under Frederic Labarre's name (accommodation is to be paid by participants upon arrival - $22.00 per night), which has modern facilities including showers and a hot tub (bathing suit required). For your convenience, contact information for the Shunda Creek Hostel at (403) 721-2140.

If you are lost or can't find the group, look for a black Toyota Forerunners truck - VE6 MTN or a white GMC van - CYM 044. In case of emergency, you can contact me by cell phone on the morning of the course at (780) 916-7951.

On the first morning of the course you should be packed and ready to go on our ice climb. We will be departing shortly after we meet. If you have any questions, please call.

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Ski Touring Leadership
Dates: TBA

The course description:

Ski Touring Leadership is for the the Intermediate ski tourer who is aspiring to become a leader and wishes to lead ACC Section Ski Touring trips or is already leading trips and wishes to enhance their knowledge. Course content will include a review of routefinding and track setting, pacing and group management in avalanche terrain. A certain amount of time will be spent probing the snowpack and doing various stability tests. Each day is spent in the field with various portions of the trips being led by the participants.

An Introductory Avalanche Awareness Course (CAA RAC) is a prerequisite for attendance. A good skiing ability on off-trail conditions while wearing a pack are essential. Either randonee (AT) or telemark gear are acceptable, but track skis are not!

This letter is to assist those who have been accepted on the course to prepare. To be accepted on the course you must complete the personal information form and waiver. This must be done prior to the courses beginning. You will be required to read, understand and sign the waiver when the course begins. There are no exceptions. The waiver must be witnessed by Cyril on the first morning of the course.

This will be an unusual weekend in that it is not at all about making turns or extreme skiing in avalanche terrain. We will spend much of our time on easy to moderate terrain and focus on skills that will assist you to lead groups safely, efficiently and quickly. Each day will include skills review and practice. We depart at a reasonable time on Saturday and begin our first session at the parking lot. Many participants will be given the opportunity to lead, at least on easier sections of our tours when it will further our goals. The activities of the second day will depend on the weather, our progress and the group needs.

Rescue Dynamics can provide avalanche beacons, shovels and probes if required. Note your requirements on the rescue dynamics application forms. If you will need any of the equipment listed, you must submit the forms to Rescue Dynamics no less than two weeks before the trip so that the gear can be brought out for you. (If you own your own gear, feel free to bring it.)

Rescue Dynamics DOES NOT provide boots, skis, skins, poles or clothing. Be sure your clothing can handle the changes in mountain environment. We are outside almost all day on each day of each course, and the course will proceed in all but the most severe weather. The winter equipment list may help you to prepare. You are responsible for your own meals, accommodation and transportation for the course. Prepare a bag lunch and bring water or other drinks for each day of the course, as we do not return to the vehicles for lunch.

The meeting time and place for Ski Touring Leadership is 7:00 am on Saturday at the Canadian Alpine Centre / Lake Louise International Hostel. Bookings can be made directly at (403) 522-2200. Be completely ready to go at that time. Your forms should all be filled out and you should have read the copy of the waiver. You will be required to read and sign a new copy of the waiver which your instructor will witness on the first day of the course.

If you are lost or can't find the group, look for a black Toyota Forerunners truck - VE6 MTN or a white GMC van - CYM 044. In case of emergency, you can contact me by cell phone on the morning of the course at (780) 916-7951.

On the first morning of the course you should be packed and ready to go on our first ski tour. We will be departing shortly after we meet. If you have any questions, please call.

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Rock Leadership
June 24, 25, 2006
Snow & Ice (Alpine) Leadership
July 8, 9, 2006
Details for both of these courses can be found in the text below. Please read the entire content regardless of the course you are shceduled to attend.

This letter will serve to introduce you to the 2006 ACC Calgary Section Summer Leadership Seminars. The dates for Rock Leadership are June 24, 25, 2006 and Alpine (Snow & Ice) Leadership July 8, 9, 2006. Both courses involve a day of skills training followed by a day attempting a summit climb.

The course email contains a number of Acrobat pdf files for printing. The course email will be sent to those who are accepted for the courses. They contain the pre-reading assignments and required forms for the courses. If you cannot print the information, please call me and I will fax or mail all the required paperwork.

In order to assist preparations for the seminars you must complete and return the personal information form. In addition you will be required to read, understand and sign waivers from both Rescue Dynamics and the Alpine Club.This must be done prior to the seminars beginning. There are no exceptions. I will witness your signing of the waivers on the first morning of the course so you only have to read it in advance so that you know what you are signing when we meet. BE SURE YOU READ BOTH WAIVERS CAREFULLY.

The Rock and Alpine Leadership Seminars are unusual weekends in that they are not at all about hard rock or ice climbing. The courses this year for the Calgary Section will follow the model we used last year that had been developed over the last decade for the Edmonton Section with good success. We will spend much of our time on easy to moderate routes or easy sections of routes and focus on skills that will assist you to lead groups safely, efficiently and quickly. Each weekend will begin with a day of skills review and practice followed by a second day in which we may attempt to summit on a peak or do multi-pitch routes. All of this is weather dependant of course.

We depart at a reasonable time on each Saturday and begin our first session at the parking lot or when we meet. Many if not all participants will be given the opportunity to lead, at least on easier sections of our approaches and climbs when it will further our goals. The activities of the second and third days will depend on the weather, our progress and the group needs.

The handouts accompanying the email has some of the information you will need to prepare for the seminar. One of the pre-course study assignments is to read the attached articles. The assignments and articles may provide a focus for some of our discussions and lessons. Please take the time to use them to prepare.

I can provide all of the technical climbing equipment including ice axe, crampons, hardware, ropes, helmets and harnesses if required. The enclosed equipment list may help you to prepare. One thing you will absolutely require that I sometimes find people don't have is a a 5 or 6 meter long 7mm diameter accessory cord and a 150cm long 7mm accessory cord. These are an absolute must. 6mm or smaller diameter is not acceptable for what we are going to use it for. If you will need any of the equipment listed, you must phone me at Rescue Dynamics (780-461-5040) the week before the seminar you are going to attend so that the gear can be brought out for you. (If you own your own gear, feel free to bring it.)

I DO NOT provide climbing boots, rock shoes, or clothing. I strongly recommend renting plastic boots for the snow and ice weekend unless you have fairly stiff mountaineering boots with a good welt. Light hiking boots are not acceptable for the snow & ice climb. Be sure your clothing can handle the changes in mountain environment. We are outside all day on every days of each seminar, and the seminars will proceed in all but the most severe weather. In the event of torrential rain or snow we will seek a shelter to practice various rope skills, etc.

You are responsible for your own meals, accommodation and transportation for the seminar. I would assume that, as with other section courses or trips, the participants may want to car pool and arrange a common place for everyone to stay. It is best if everyone stays overnight at the same location to facilitate evening packing and planning for our climbs as well as making our departures more organized. For the rock weekend it will likely be best if everyone stays at the Tunnel Mountain Campground on Saturday night. Reservations can now be made at the campground in advance. For the Alpine weekend we will stay at the Wilcox Creek campground. Prepare a bag lunch and bring water or other drinks for each day of the seminar, as we do not return to the vehicles for lunch.

The meeting place and time for the rock leadership seminar will be 8:00 AM on Saturday at the Tim Horton's in Canmore. This will allow a few folks to make an alpine start from Calgary if desired. DO NOT BE LATE. We will leave without you if you don't show up on time. Tim Horton's is right along the strip of motels and gas stations next to the highway known to some as gasoline alley. It is visible from the highway. From there we will proceed to Rundle Rock where we will spend the day doing various short-roping and anchor skills sessions in the morning. In the afternoon we will climb the lower few pitches of the ridge practicing various skills. Our intention will be to rappel back down. Basic rock gear and rock shoes required. The second day could possibly include a climb of one of the routes on Mt. Edith. In 2005 we ascended the North and Centre Peaks scrambles routes as a day long short roping and group management exercise. Doing some research on these peaks and potential routes and descent would be useful in advance. Due to weather or conditions we may have to change this plan. Please be ready to offer suggestions as to what alternative routes may be viable and why you think so! This is a leadership course in which you are expected to be an active participant in the planning, so please think ahead.

The meeting time and place for Alpine (Snow & Ice) Leadership is 8:00 am on Saturday at the Parking lot next to the new Columbia Icefields Chalet and Information Centre. We will likely be on the north glacier of Athabasca for the first day. Basic snow and ice gear, boots and warm clothes required. The second day will likely include an attempt at climbing A2 with a chance of adding a second peak on the same day if timing allows. Doing some research on the peaks and potential routes in the area, plus pros and cons of each would be useful in advance. Try Sean Dougherty's "Selected Alpine Climbs in the Canadian Rockies" or Greg Horne's single sheet route guides for information.

At the meeting places you can look for a black Toyota Forerunner (VE6 MTN) or a brown Camper Van (TSG 782) or a white cargo van (CYM 044). In case of emergency, you can contact me by cell phone on the morning of the rock seminar at (780) 916-7951. There is no cell phone service at the Icefields so this won't work for the alpine seminar.

The best camping for the Alpine (Snow & Ice) Leadership is the Wilcox Creek Campground which is larger of the campgrounds at the Icefields. Wilcox Creek is the spot that I will try to get into, pending availability.

On the first morning of each seminar you should be packed and ready to go, as if you were going on an alpine rock or snow & ice climb respectively. We will be departing shortly after we meet. If you have any questions, please call. I will be in Edmonton immediately before each course if you want to call me. Don't call me on Friday before the course as I will already be gone. Please call Thursday morning or earlier.

Sincerely

Cyril Shokoples IFMGA
Mountain Guide

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Rescue Dynamics
5109 - 17A Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB, Canada T6L 1K5
phone (780) 461 - 5040
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