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Avalanche Awareness Clinic – presented by Jake Gaventa of CMS

November 19, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Every year, avalanches are one of the leading causes of death among backcountry enthusiasts. Our home turf, Colorado, consistently leads the nation in avalanche fatalities. If you plan on spending time in high, snowy country, you need to be informed prepared.

In this 1-hour, free avalanche awareness clinic, our expert guide and Ned local, Jake Gaventa, give an introduction to how avalanches happen, what they look like, and how to avoid them.

Topics Covered:
• Types of Avalanches
• Avalanche Terrain
• Snowpack Analysis
• Weather Considerations
• Avalanche Decision-making
• Trip Planning and Preparation
• Travel Techniques

Our guides are American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE)-trained to teach avalanche courses, and they also spend some 300 days a year in the field—they KNOW snow from an academic, personal, and practical perspective. Let them share their knowledge with you!

The talk is at The Clock Tower (Tin Shed Sports / Salto Coffee Works) in Nederland. Come early to make backcountry skiing/riding partners, grab a tasty brew (coffee or beer) and snag a seat (first come first served).

530-630 talk by Jake G
630-7 Q&A
Kitchen open until 6pm
Doors close at 7pm

This event is free, but please RSVP so we can get an estimated seat count. See you there!

About your presenter:
Jake Gaventa hails from the hills of East Tennessee where he was introduced to rock climbing in high school by an inspired teacher. This love has lent itself to many years of vagabond adventures to the mountains of Europe, Asia, Alaska, and (almost!) every range in the lower 48. While not growing up in snow, Jake is making up for lost time by spending 150-days a year in ski boots. In 2013 he was awarded a grant from the American Alpine Club for a ski mountaineering trip in the Neacola Range of Alaska, where he and two friends succeeded in three first ascents, and 20 first descents. Other notable achievements include winning an uphill downhill ski race while wearing a women’s mini skirt and a fruit basket on his head, surviving a ski traverse in Alaska with no food for eight days, and guiding a novice blind climber up the first Flatiron. Jake loves guiding because he believes strongly in the power of positive outcomes people experience in the mountains.
After nearly 20 years, his passion is continually fueled by being able to share these experiences with others.
Jake has a BA in Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies from Prescott College, and is pursuing a Masters in Adult Education. He has worked for Outward Bound, adjunct faculty at Prescott College, as a rock and ski guide in the Front Range, Ski Patroller, and trekking guide in the European Alps. Certifications include Wilderness EMT, Professional Member of the American Avalanche Association, AIARE Course Leader, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, apprentice AMGA rock and alpine guide, and aspirant AMGA ski guide.


November 19, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm