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    Thursday, December 11, 2008

    MEETING AT 7PM at the Carriage House


    I have added a lot of documents to review to our group site. For tonight and Sunday review the BeaconSearch101.pdf, the Avy fact sheet and the Avalanche review paper.


    +Wear warm clothes
    +a headlamp
    +a prussik knot or 2 m cord
    +a personal avy beacon (if you have one)

    1) Knots for Tonight: Figure eight, F8 on a bight, Water knot, Double Fishermans, Prussik, Bowline.

    2)Beacon Refresher by Andy; Overview of team beacons, will hide some beacons on the county courthouse lawn.

    Sunday Winter Training 12/14

    9 am will be paged, meet at the Carriage House, bring your winter kit (backpack, winter clothes etc).

    +Review Avalanche forecast for the day.

    +Practice beacon/probe shovel and get the snowmobile out.

    +Prepare for appropriate winter travel, we wont go far so snowshoes or lightweight XC skis are fine.

    +Goal is to familiarize group with our winter set up and have your winter kit ready to go.

    Sunday, December 7, 2008


    Setting up the tripod in May 08 and running the rope through the winch system on the truck. The tripod and the truck bumper fabricated by our expert welder L. Raab.

    Tuesday, December 2, 2008

    winter stoke

    Fid is digging through his photo archive. Here is what he said, although he doesn't remember the year of this photo.

    "By mid day Sat all the passes were closed (so no one was leaving...captive audience). It kept snowing...Andy Gleason -- who worked for CDOT as head forecaster -- was part of the school and finagled a special event by inviting all the student down to the howitzer site to watch them blast the Champions. That's what that photo is about. But nothing of any significance ran during the contol work. That afternoon -- and it just kept coming down -- we were up at the Shrine (all normally out of town field work had to be relocated to in town) doing the field work and as were were standing debriefing something, the Champions ran naturally. I got a photo of it (mostly just looks like a big power clound in the canyon) but what an experience for the students that year."

    Monday, December 1, 2008

    USGS Quads we use

    A bit related to the GPS stuff. Here is the list of USGS 1:24k topo quads we use for San Juan County. We also use Lat 40 maps and the Drake maps which are composites of the USGS maps.

    I will post the digital equivalents on the groups page eventually

    USGS San Juan County Quads 1:24K

    Telluride: barely makes it on west side
    Handies Peak
    Pole Creek Mountain
    Hermosa Peak
    Engineer Mountain
    Snowdon Peak
    Storm King Peak
    Rio Grande Pyramid: barely borders on East side

    Wednesday, November 19, 2008

    Google Groups set up

    Our Google Groups page here

    On the Google groups you can find training documents

    You can find the Etrex quick reference gps guide, a nice document from Garmin describing how to use gps with paper maps and a general intro to gps.

    All docs are in pdf format.

    Monday, November 17, 2008

    GPS training after meeting

    November meeting at 7 pm
    GPS training after the meeting

    Wear warm clothing for a stroll
    Training will last about an 1 hour

    Bring a personal gps if you have one

    Bring your personal prussik, we will practice knots during the meeting

    We will go over the basics of using a gps unit and some of the following:
    1) coordinate systems
    2)waypoints and routes
    3)setting up tracks
    4)using with aprs
    5)downloading/uploading data onto the computer

    Monday, November 10, 2008

    Calendar for 08/09

    Beta calendar for training on the right.