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Training

The Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team holds several training sessions every month throughout the autumn, winter, and spring. Training exercises vary from the ubiquitous terrain familiarization to first aid, avalanche safety or backcountry navigation. The Team trainings are designed to be fun and informative and all Team members are encouraged to attend.

Wondering what to bring? Check out a suggested Gear List.

If you provide a training, or otherwise require a reimbursement from TNSAR (for lunch subsidy, equipment purchase, etc), please use this form for reimbursement.

The following were the TNSAR trainings for the 2004 - 2005 season.

OCTOBER 7 (Thu) -- TRUCK FAMILIARIZATION AND EQUIPMENT CHECK

  • Where: Team Garage
  • When: 6:30pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Russ Viehmann (use current callout list for phone #)

Check out the truck and make sure the equipment is ready for the season. Check out the pictures.

OCTOBER 9 (Sat) -- HIKE

  • Where: Twin Peaks
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage
  • Contact: Burt Grunwald (use current callout list for phone #)

Hike up to Twin Peaks from Ward Canyon. Have you been to the top of Twin Peaks? Check out the pictures and profile.

OCTOBER 17 (Sun) -- HIKE

  • Where: Powderhorn Creek
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage
  • Contact: Bernie Melor (use current callout list for phone #)

Join us for this popular hike. Expect a long day. Check out the pictures and profile.

OCTOBER 24 (Sun) -- ANOTHER HIKE

  • Where: Mt. Rose to Martis on the Rim Trail
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 7:45am Parking across the Hwy from KB Safe
  • Contact: Karen Honeywell (use current callout list for phone #)

Another long hike, high above Lake Tahoe. Karen will need help setting up the car shuttle. Give her a call. Check out the pictures from the hike.

NOVEMBER 4 (Thu) -- GPS TRAINING

  • Where: Team Garage
  • When: 6:30pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Randy Sharp (use current callout list for phone #)

An introduction to the use of a GPS

NOVEMBER 8 (Mon) -- CPR (FULL CERT)TRAINING

  • Where: TCPUD Board room
  • When: 6:00pm TCPUD Board room
  • Contact: John Pang (use current callout list for phone #)

CPR training for beginners or expired card holders. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS.This requires both days.

NOVEMBER 9 (Tue) -- CPR REFRESHER

  • Where: TCPUD Board room
  • When: 6:00pm TCPUD Board room
  • Contact: John Pang (use current callout list for phone #)

A refresher for those in need of refreshing.YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS.

NOVEMBER 11 (Thu) -- GPS FIELD PRACTICE

  • Where: Page Meadows
  • When: 6:30pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Randy Sharp (use current callout list for phone #)

A follow up to Nov. 4 training. Use your new or old GPS skills in the outdoors.

NOVEMBER 14 (Sun) -- TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

  • Where: Snow Valley Pk
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 7:45am Across from KB Safeway
  • Contact: Paul Honeywell (use current callout list for phone #)

A hike/ski along the Rim Trail and beyond. Check out the pictures from the hike.

NOVEMBER 20 (Sat) -- TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION W/ MAP SKILLS

  • Where: Mt. Rose area
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage; 8:15am Across from KB Safeway
  • Contact: Derek Wilson (use current callout list for phone #)

Come test your map skills in a popular backcountry area. Pictures from the day.

NOVEMBER 23 (Tue) -- COMMAND POST/COMM VAN WORKSHOP

  • Where: Team Garage
  • When: 6:00pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Steve Twomey (use current callout list for phone #)

This workshop is to get people at the command post of a search on the same page. Discussions will include computer use,equipment availability and personnel responsibilities.

DECEMBER 9 (Thu) -- BACKCOUNTRY BACK BOARD USE

  • Where: Team Garage
  • When: 6:30pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Steve Twomey (use current callout list for phone #)

Learn proper procedure for using the Teams back board in the backcountry

DECEMBER 11 (Sat) -- TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

  • Where: Castle Peak
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 8:00am Wild Cherries in Truckee
  • Contact: Michael Le Francois (use current callout list for phone #)

Come ski around the Castle Peak area. A heavily used area by all recreationalists. Check out the pix.

DECEMBER 14 (Tue) -- RECCO/AVALANCHE TRANSCEIVER PRACTICE

  • Where: Team Garage
  • When: 6:30pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Peter York (use current callout list for phone #)

A chance to see the RECCO system at work and practice with your personal avalanche transceiver before the avalanche season starts for real.

DECEMBER 18 (Sat) -- MOCK SEARCH

  • Where: Pole Creek
  • When: 7:00am Team Garage; 7:30am Pole Creek Trailhead
  • Contact: Doug Read (use current callout list for phone #)

Do you need to refine your search skills? Heres your chance without the pressure of a real search. We have the Bradley reserved, call for details. Check out the evidence.

JANUARY 7 (Fri) -- SNOWCAT 101

  • Where: Team Garage
  • When: 5:00pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Scoop Remenih (use current callout list for phone #)

An introduction in snowcat operations for qualified operators. Call for details.

JANUARY 9 (Sun) -- TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

  • Where: Billy's Peak
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 8:00am Deep Cr Trailhead
  • Contact: Mike Kennett (use current callout list for phone #)

A ski into a peak named after one of our own. A very nice tour.

JANUARY 15 (Sat) -- TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

  • Where: Rubicon Peak
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage
  • Contact: Russ Viehmann (use current callout list for phone #)

Ski Rubicon Peak without the fear of a parking ticket. Check out the pictures and the route and profile.

JANUARY 23 (Sun) -- SCAVENGER HUNT

  • Where: Stanford Rock and beyond
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage
  • Contact: Gerald Rockwell (use current callout list for phone #)

Test your field skills with other members of the team. This training will test your map, route finding,beacon/avalanche, first aid skills and more. Not to be missed. Check out the pictures.

JANUARY 29 (Sat) -- TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

  • Where: Martis Peak Area
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 8:00am Martis Pk Rd/Hwy 267
  • Contact: Ray O'Brien (use current callout list for phone #)

Explore a heavy use area in a search style atmosphere. Snowmobilers and skiers will be work together to get around and become familiar with the area. Check out the pictures from the day.

FEBRUARY 5 (Sat) -- TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

  • Where: Westshore and Beyond
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage
  • Contact: Joe Pace (use current callout list for phone #)

Be prepared for an All Day tour and bring a headlamp just in case. Check out the pictures from the day.

FEBRUARY 10 (Thu) -- SEARCH COORDINATION

  • Where: USGS-Carnelian Bay Office
  • When: 6:30pm USGS office
  • Contact: Steve Twomey (use current callout list for phone #)

This is for search coordinators and will clarify the process. USGS office is located at 5229 N Lake Blvd, nextdoor to the Old Post Office Cafe.

FEBRUARY 13 (Sun) -- TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

  • Where: Sugar Bowl Ski Area
  • When: 7:15am Team Garage; 8:00am Sugar Bowl-Judah Side
  • Contact: Tony Bochene (use current callout list for phone #)

This will be a half-day in bounds and a half-day out of bounds with a trip down Onion Creek. Transport will help get us back. You must call Tony in advance so he can arrange lift tickets.

FEBRUARY 17 (Thu) -- TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

  • Where: Signal Peak
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 8:00am Truckee Coffee Roasters--Alb/Longs
  • Contact: Steve Reynaud (use current callout list for phone #)

Ski a peak that doesn't get skied that often. No crowds here.

FEBRUARY 27 (Sun) -- TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

  • Where: Mt.Tallac
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage
  • Contact: Paul Cushing (use current callout list for phone #)

A trip up and around the best skiing peak in Tahoe. Expect a long day.

MARCH 1 (Tue) -- CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS DEBRIEFING

  • Where: Kings Beach Fire Station
  • When: 6:30pm Kings Beach Fire Station; 6:00pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Russ Viehmann (use current callout list for phone #)

This critical stress debriefing is for all members involved in the last two searches. Your presence will be beneficial for all team members. Please park in back.

MARCH 13 (Sun) -- TELEMARK SKILLS AND SOCIAL

  • Where: Northstar @ Tahoe
  • When: 7:45am Team Garage; 8:30am Northstar Village
  • Contact: Paul Honeywell (use current callout list for phone #)

A chance to make some lift-served turns and socialize with team members. This is for everyone. Advance notice required.

MARCH 19 (Sat) -- TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

  • Where: Granite Chief and beyond
  • When: 7:15am Team Garage; 7:45am Tram Building
  • Contact: Doug Read (use current callout list for phone #)

This is a classic tour from the top of Granite Chief to points beyond. Expect a FULL day.

MARCH 26 (Sat) -- TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

  • Where: Mt. Rose Area
  • When: 7:00am Team Garage; 7:30am NT beach, across from KB Safeway
  • Contact: Jim Rienstra (use current callout list for phone #)

This tour around the Mt. Rose area will be with a guy who knows the area well. Lots of aspects to choose from. You can meet in the Meadow at 8:00am if you choose.

APRIL 17 (Sun) -- TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

  • Where: Granite Chief Peak and more
  • When: 7:15am Team Garage; 7:45am Squaw Valley Tram Building
  • Contact: Doug Read (use current callout list for phone #)

A tour of five peaks and a decent into the Cedars. This is a classic tour. Snowcat will meet us give us a ride out. Not to be missed.

APRIL 20 (Wed) -- MULTI-COUNTY TRAINING-PLANNING SESSION

  • Where: Bernie Mellors House
  • When: 7:00pm Bernies House; 6:30pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Sarah Lagano (use current callout list for phone #)

This meeting is to plan a multi-county training put on by TNSAR. Please call ahead to let them know who's attending and to get directions to Bernies. We will carpool from the garage at 630pm.

MAY 21 (Sat) -- FUN WITH GARAGE AND TRUCK (SPRING CLEANING!)

  • Where: Garage
  • When: 9:00am Garage
  • Contact: Peter York (use current callout list for phone #)

This annual clean up day will be like no other. Show up with your tools of trade and gear from your unused cleaning cabinet...

JUNE 5 (Sun) -- PATIENT PACKAGING

  • Where: Garage
  • When: 6:00pm Garage
  • Contact: Brian York /byork911@yahoo.com; Steve Twomey (use current callout list for phone #)

Hands on loading and immobilization in each of the teams litters and backboards. Check out the pictures.

JULY 10 (Sun) -- SUMMER SEARCH TECHNIQUES

  • Where: Garage
  • When: 6:00pm garage
  • Contact: Brian York /byork911@yahoo.com; Steve Twomey (use current callout list for phone #)

Guest speakers from Placer and El Dorado Search teams talking about how they do business when it comes to summer searches.

AUGUST 7 (Sun) -- MOCK SEARCH

  • Where: garage
  • When: 6:00pm garage
  • Contact: Brian York /byork911@yahoo.com; Steve Twomey (use current callout list for phone #)

Team members will be given basic facts and will have to locate and extract a lost victim. All search skills will be utilized from map and compass, helicopter & litter operations, and first aid.

SEPTEMBER 18 (Sun) -- ELT LOCATER PRACTICE - NEW DATE

  • Where: Garage
  • When: 6:00pm Garage
  • Contact: Brian York /byork911@yahoo.com; Steve Twomey (use current callout list for phone #)

The training not to miss. ELT Locater practice. Last years training sent teams all over the fiberboard freeway and Mt Watson. Try out the team's new ELT Locater.

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