March Mountaineering & Avalanche Training

On Saturday March 23, KISAR members ascended Pyramid Mountain where they trained in a number of general mountaineering and avalanche assessment skills including:
  • Crampon safety and use, including ascending and descending footwork
  • Ice ax safety and use including hand grips and 4 body-position self-arrest scenarios (head- and feet-first, both on stomach and back)
  • Snow stability assessment for avalanche safety by digging a test pit and performing an extended column test (ECT)
  • Erecting shelters for camping on snow

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Kodiak Island Search & Rescue (KISAR) is a non-profit organization whose objectives are exclusively charitable, scientific or educational. Specifically, our purposes are: To furnish highly trained volunteers and dog teams for search and rescue for the benefit and welfare of the community To organize and support the continuing education and training of volunteers, dog teams and support personnel in accepted search and rescue methods. To increase public awareness of search and rescue trained volunteers and dog teams and provide informational and educational programs and demonstrations to institutions, agencies and community organizations.
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