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Backcountry Basics

Our Backcountry Basics trips are designed with the backcountry beginner in mind. All trips are lead by a Leave The Boys Behind Guide so you can experience the backcountry in a safe and educational way!

Backcountry Basics: Trip Planning & Beacon Workshop

  • December 16th, 2017
  • January 13th, 2018

DESCRIPTION

Whether you are just getting into the backcountry or have years of experience, this one day workshop serves as the perfect pre-backcountry trip prep or refresher. We will go over what it takes to fully prepare for a day, or overnight trip in the backcountry so you and your partner can have an enjoyable and safe time. We will also go over how to properly use a beacon, probe, and shovel in this interactive workshop.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Once the workshop is over, participants will be able to:

  • Assess weather reports, local avalanche bulletins, and routes
  • Know proper snow equipment, gear lists, safety equipment
  • Manage your partner or group in the backcountry
  • Use beacon, probe, and shovel

TAKE THIS COURSE IF

  • You are looking to get into the backcountry, tour to a hut, and want basic backcountry skills
  • You are an experienced backcountry traveler and want a pre-backcountry trip planning and avalanche safety equipment refresher

PREREQUISITES

  • Participants must be able to ski tour, splitboard, or snowshoe and bring their own touring equipment

DETAILS

  • Richmond Ridge, Aspen Mountain
  • Beacon, probe, shovel available to rent
  • One day lift pass available for purchase

Send us a note at guides@aspenalpine.com for details and sign up!

 

BACKCOUNTRY BASICS: SKI TOURING

  • February 3rd, 2018
  • February 17th, 2018

DESCRIPTION

Take a safe, educational, and fun leap into the backcountry! During this one day casual and comfortable tour, we will discuss standards for day-trip planning with pack and gear recommendations as well as assessing group dynamics for travel in the backcountry. The setting will be in an environment where potential hazards will not impact the learning process. Experience first hand how to assess, recognize and avoid avalanche terrain while learning to travel efficiently and safely in the backcountry.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Once the tour is over, participants will:

  • Know how to use touring equipment and be able to transition from touring to ski mode
  • Gain knowledge of basic terrain and route management
  • Gain tips a trick on how to efficiently and effectively travel in the backcountry
  • Know how to properly pack and plan for a day in the backcountry

TAKE THIS COURSE IF

  • You are ready to take your skiing or snowboarding skills off the groomers in a fun and safe environment
  • You want to learn how to properly and efficiently use snow touring set ups and what essentials to pack for a day in the backcountry

PREREQUISITES

  • Participants must be able to ski tour or splitboard on intermediate to advanced terrain, and feel comfortable skiing or riding downhill on a touring set up Participants must bring their own touring equipment

DETAILS

  • Day course
  • Beacon, probe, shovel available to rent
  • Location: the Aspen area. Will depend on current avalanche conditions

Send us a note at guides@aspenalpine.com for details and sign up!

 

BACKCOUNTRY BASICS: McNamara Hut Trip

March 6 - 8th, 2018

DESCRIPTION

Skin or snowshoe to a rustic hut where you will experience the beautiful Colorado backcountry for three days & two nights. Participants will learn the process of getting an appropriate hut booked, planning the menu, who to invite, what to expect at the hut, and how to make it a comfortable, fun, and safe outing for friends and family. Eat delicious hut-cooked food and enjoy the special sort of camaraderie found only in the mountains. Days will be filled with skiing or snowboarding, and avalanche safety.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • How to properly pack and fully prepare for a multi-day hut trip
  • Learn about backcountry navigation
  • Be able to execute a companion rescue

TAKE THIS COURSE IF

  • You are excited and ready to experience a multi-day hut trip
  • You have never been on a hut trip and want to learn how to trip plan, route find, and gain basic avalanche awareness

PREREQUISITES

  • Participants must be able to ski tour, splitboard, or snowshoe on intermediate to advanced terrain, and must and bring their own touring equipment.

DETAILS

  • 3 days, 2 nights
  • Beacon, probe, shovel available to rent

Send us a note at guides@aspenalpine.com for details and sign up!

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                            AIARE Courses

Whether you are just starting out in the backcountry, or have years of experience, our AIARE courses will help you take your avalanche and backcountry knowledge to the next level. You will develop critical backcountry and leadership skills that will keep you and your partner safe while having fun out in the backcountry! All of our AIARE courses are lead by certified AIARE instructors and guides. 

AIARE Avalanche Rescue

  • January 6th, 2018

DESCRIPTION

Set yourself (and your friends) up for success this winter with this one-day course that will go over best practices in rescue techniques and gear. Participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while those using this course as a refresher will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course. This course is aimed both at new and experienced recreationists, and aspiring snow professionals.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 and Pro 1 courses. AIARE recommends that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue Course and receiving a rescue card at least every other year.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • At the end of the Avalanche Rescue course the student should be able to:
  • Describe what to do if they or a member of their party is caught in an avalanche
  • Identify and be able to use gear necessary for avalanche rescue.
  • Set up a realistic scenario in order to practice an avalanche rescue response.
  • Improve their response skills and times during and after the course with feedback from instructors and peers.
  • Develop a plan for continued practice

TAKE THIS COURSE IF

  • You want to keep your avalanche rescue skills current or want a refresher

PREREQUISITES

  • Participants must be able to ski tour, splitboard, or snowshoe and bring their own touring equipment. *Beacon, probe, shovel available to rent    

DETAILS

  • One-day course
  • Location: the Aspen area, will depend on current avalanche conditions
  • Beacon, probe, shovel available to rent

Send us a note at guides@aspenalpine.com for details and sign up!

 

AIARE Level One: Markley Hut Trip

  • January 22 - 25th, 2018

DESCRIPTION

LBB has partnered up with the 10th Mountain Division Hut to offer Level I Avalanche courses in the ideal backcountry learning environment. These three-night, three-day courses enable all participants to experience backcountry conditions within the 10th Mountain Hut system by using the backcountry huts as a base for the course and fieldwork.  The course includes the AIARE registration fees, field and course handbooks, and the hut fees. Participants in the course are responsible for lodging for the first evening, and food for the duration of the course. Gain on the ground knowledge and skills during this 3 night & 3 day / 24 credit hour introduction to avalanche hazard management.

Participants will learn how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip, understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the AIARE 1 course the participants should be able to:

  • Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain
  • Effectively use the AIARE Decision Making Framework to make terrain choices in a group setting
  • Demonstrate effective companion rescue

TAKE THIS COURSE IF

  • You want to recreate in or near avalanche terrain and learn how to safely have fun in the backcountry.

PREREQUISITES

  • Participants must be able to ski tour, splitboard, or snowshoe on intermediate to advanced terrain, and must and bring their own touring equipment

DETAILS

  • 3 days, 2 nights at Markley Hut in Aspen, Colorado
  • Beacon, probe, shovel available to rent

Send us a note at guides@aspenalpine.com for details and sign up!

 

AIARE LEVEL TWO COURSE

February 9-11th, 2018

DESCRIPTION

Take your avalanche knowledge to the next level! In this fun and informative three-day, 24 hour course that builds on introductory avalanche hazard management, participants will evaluate critical hazard assessment factors. Participants will be provided the opportunity to advance their decision making skills in more complicated situations such as being a leader within a small travel group, traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan where online resources are scarce.

Participants will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Differentiate where specific avalanche hazards exist within the landscape and identify avalanche terrain where consequences may be more severe
  • Use and interpret weather, snow, and avalanche observations to locate appropriate terrain prior to entering and while in the field
  • Demonstrate leadership skills within a small team that include facilitating small group discussion, promoting appropriate terrain selection, and utilizing simple risk management strategies
  • Implement a basic forecasting framework that can be used in conjunction with and in the absences of local supporting avalanche information

TAKE THIS COURSE IF

  • You have had at least one year of backcountry travel experience
  • You  want to advance your avalanche knowledge, decision making, and leadership skills in the backcountry

PREREQUISITES

Participants must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain. An AIARE 1 Course (strongly recommended) or equivalent Level 1 training is required. A winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is required before taking the AIARE 2 course. AIARE or AAA approved one-day Avalanche Rescue Course.

DETAILS

  • 3 day course
  • Classroom work and field work
  • Beacon, probe, shovel available to rent

Send us a note at guides@aspenalpine.com for details and sign up!

 

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        Winter Private Guiding

Join Leave the Boys Behind and Aspen Alpine Guides for any fully customized trip this winter. We offer private guiding for Adventures taking you high into the mountains of Colorado. Join us for Backcountry Skiing, Snowshoeing, Winter Hut Trips, and Spring Peak and Mountaineering Trips. 

 

Backcountry Skiing We provide guided day tours for backcountry skiiers travelling on AT or telemark gear. We offer a variety of tours fit for beginners looking to learn more about backcountry travel and skinning, to experienced backcountry skiers looking to ski a peak. 

Snowshoeing Traveling around the Aspen trails on snowshoes is one of the best ways to see the area in the winter. Head out for a half day or a full day trip with our guides and experience a day in our aspen groves, snow filled forests and wide open valleys. 

Winter Hut Trips Colorado's extensive hut system offers the ultimate backcountry experience. Snowshoe, AT or telemark ski into these rustic huts for one night or many. Our guides will build itineraries that fit your needs, skills and comfort levels ranging from a single over night to multiple days at one hut or traveling hut to hut. 

Mountaineering We offer Winter and Spring ski moutaineering and technical climbing instruction for the serious mountaineering looking to learn more from our experienced guides.