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Information About Important Regional Events

State of the Art in Avalanche Rescue with Manuel Genswein

Join the Peter Inglis Avalanche Education Fund for an Evening with Manuel Genswein.

Genswein will be chatting about the state of the art in avalanche rescue techniques. Manuel is a gadfly in the avalanche community and he has insights and opinions on all aspects of avalanche rescue from equipment to techniques to incident management.

Monday, March 6
6:30 PM
Jagged Edge Mountain Gear
Free Beer
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Advanced Backcountry Companion Rescue Course

The Peter Inglis Avalanche Education Fund is proud to announce sponsorship of the Advanced Backcountry Companion Rescue Course being put on by Mountain Trip on Saturday, February 25th. The PI Fund is underwriting the course in order to keep participant entry at a low cost.

This course is designed for competent, frequently traveled backcountry users to increase their skill set in the backcountry. This is an opportunity for YOU to help make Telluride the model for a highly skilled backcountry community. Continue reading

Peter Inglis Avalanche Education Fund Presents: Stories from the Backcountry & Lessons Learned in the Mountains

Join the Peter Inglis Avalanche Education Fund on Thursday, February 9th for an array of lessons learned in the backcountry.

On tap for Thursday February 9th:

  • Julie Hodson-Inglis- Peter Inglis story from AK and what we can all learn from it
  • Elizabeth Lamphere from the IAN Fund- Ian’s story and Elizabeth’s takeaways
  • Elyse Parcell and her story and takeaway from the 2016 HWY 550 slide
  • Greg Hope and his story of an incident in the Grandfather Couloir in 2016
  • Jeff Davis from the CAIC will talk about the importance of submitting observations to the CAIC, a brief how-to and chat about how he comes up with his forecasts

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Parking Regulations, Trailheads & Private Property Issues

Please be sensitive to parking regulations, trailheads, private property and access issues when recreating outdoors this winter.

Ophir Parking

The TMtC has been working with the Town of Ophir to come up with a parking solution for the east end of the Ophir Valley. We are pleased to announce that parking is available at the Ute Memorial in East Ophir for day use. The Town of Ophir does ask that visitors use the West Ophir parking (in front of the maintenance barn) on all plow days. Plowing in Ophir is challenging and we ask that backcountry users respect the Town’s needs to plow on snow days. If the Ute area is full, please do not park on the street in East Ophir, instead fall back to the West Ophir parking area. The Ute memorial is at the edge of East Ophir before you turn left and go uphill. THIS LOCATION IS ON THE EDGE OF THE SPRING GULCH AVALANCHE PATH. PARK AT YOUR OWN RISK. Continue reading

2016-2017 Backcountry Radio Program

Telluride Backcountry Radio Information

In recent years, the Telluride Mountain Club has been working closely with local entities to increase awareness of the use of radios in backcountry terrain in order to create a safer environment. Below you will find information on radio use and radio channels for specific ski zones. Please note, if you are involved in an incident and need rescue, please call 911 to arrange, do not solely rely on using your radio for communication.

Group Monitoring Channels-

Lower Bear Creek: 1-0 – Channel A
Upper Bear Creek: 5-10 – Channel B
Wasatch: 4-20 – Channel C
Ophir Channel: 8-10 – Channel D
Rescue Channel (when a rescue is underway): 9-11 – Channel E
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Backcountry Radios ISSW Paper

This fall, at the International Snow Science Workshop, Backcountry Access’ Bruce Edgerly and Telluride’s Matt Steen presented their White Paper on utilizing common radio channels in high-use avalanche terrain.

The paper uses data collected by the Telluride Mountain Club in the spring of 2016. Thanks to everyone who supplied information during our backcountry radios survey. Additionally, a big thanks to everyone who uses radios in the backcountry, progressing safety in our regional terrain. TMtC would also like to thank the team at Jagged Edge Mountain Gear for suppling radios to our members at a discount and Backcountry Access for contributing to the white paper.

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2016-2017 Adult Climbing Gym Is Open

The Telluride Indoor Climbing Gym is now open for the winter climbing season. The gym will be open from 6 PM to 9 PM on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The climbing gym will be open from November 27, 2016 through April 2, 2017.

The climbing gym, located at the new Telluride Intermediate School (717 West Colorado Avenue) includes roped climbs and rated bouldering problems. Difficulty of bouldering problems is beginner to advanced, and routes are changed throughout the season by experienced route setters. Please use the entrance two doors to the right of the Palm Theater doors to access the climbing gym this winter. Continue reading

5-Day Wilderness First Responder Course

CPR World, LLC is offering a 5-Day Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course.

The 5-Day WFR course meets the same 70 hour minimum requirement as the “standard” 9 or 10-Day course with the difference being that students complete approximately 30 hours of course work prior to the first day of class. This eliminates the need for lengthy classroom lectures and allows for more hands-on skill building and realistic scenarios practice. Continue reading