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Hangfire
December 10th, 2009, 07:06 PM
had a couple people cancel out on this one due to illness, so there are a few spots available again for this "smokindave" special. $260. reg $309 sat/sun.
email course@hangfiretraining.com or 250 344 0399

next courses are dec 19/20, Jan2/3 (smokindave special), jan 16/17

don't forget to try out the new beacon basin in Quartz creek.

Ryan

Taminator
December 14th, 2009, 09:50 AM
Took the course on the weekend...wicked, awesome! :wtg: Thanks Hangfire guys!

HIGHLY recommend anyone who hasn't taken this course to sign up NOW!

These guys make it fun to learn and get you out in the field practicing what you learn. :Cool9:


Anyone who rides Quartz, take the time to test out the Beacon Basin :specool:...what a great way to practice with your beacon. You think you know how to work your beacon...but do you really?

Take 15 minutes out of your ride to freshen up your beacon skills...even if your buddies don't want to, you can do it solo...and then find new riding buddies...LOL.

Hangfire
December 14th, 2009, 02:29 PM
Thanks Taminator, we had a great group. made it very fun.
here are some pics from the course Dec 12/13.
and yes, please use the beacon basin!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2613/4185044741_e12eec2c76_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2506/4185041889_cddec83aa3_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2559/4185805358_4c396d00d1_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2690/4185046413_40d0d3f8a7_o.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4047/4185804950_340acb050a_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2659/4185803430_fdfb931bf1_o.jpg

Next course is Dec 19/20 with a few spots remaining.

Ryan

Sledpiggy
December 14th, 2009, 02:34 PM
I agree, what a fantastic course!! I would totally recommend it to anyone and the Hangfire boys make learning fun! :cool: Thanks again guys!!

The Arborist
December 15th, 2009, 02:16 PM
Took the course on the weekend...wicked, awesome! :wtg: Thanks Hangfire guys!

HIGHLY recommend anyone who hasn't taken this course to sign up NOW!

These guys make it fun to learn and get you out in the field practicing what you learn. :Cool9:


Anyone who rides Quartz, take the time to test out the Beacon Basin :specool:...what a great way to practice with your beacon. You think you know how to work your beacon...but do you really?

Take 15 minutes out of your ride to freshen up your beacon skills...even if your buddies don't want to, you can do it solo...and then find new riding buddies...LOL.




I concur, but then again we agree on everything. Don't we dear? :whipped:

Sledpiggy
December 15th, 2009, 02:55 PM
I only got 3 pics and they were all from the parking lot :doh:

The Arborist
December 15th, 2009, 06:36 PM
Camera only got out twice, first thing in the morning in the parking lot.
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Able to get two more at the end of the day before the camera froze up.
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smokindave
December 15th, 2009, 09:16 PM
I over the weekend of Dec.12-13th took my AST1 coarse.Being an experianced sledder I thought I had an idea on where and what I should ride.
I now know that there is much to know about picking safe places to ride and to even sit and watch.

I went into this thinking that I was too old to be taught and that it would be boring and that with my experiance in the backcountry I would learn nothing,well was I ever wrong.I learnt all day long

The whole coarse was full of info I had no idea about,time just flew by and these guys,Aaron and Ryan kept the class going at a pace that kept you interested.They answered everyones questions and made sure you understood the snowpack.They taught this old dog things that I thought I already knew.

We spent some time on learning how to properly use our beacons,probes and shovels.How to find multipule buried people and how to properly search and dig out people the fastest way.
We also learned about digging a pit and how to read the snow which is another thing you should know.I am not saying you need to do this on every hill,but something you should do a few times over the season.It gives you a good idea on what the avalanche reports are talking about.We learned how to properly read an avalanche avaluator.

If you are a beginner or a seasoned experianced rider, you will learn more than you thought with this coarse and if someone in your group or you come upon another group where there has been a burial,as long as they are wearing a beacon their chances on being dug out alive increases drasticly with things taught in this coarse.

I highly recommend you and your buddies sign up ASAP as avalanches happen anytime of the season,and who wants to live with the guilt of not being able to find people in a timely fashion or dying a slow death while being crushed by tons of snow.Not the way I want to go.

I rate this coarse as a nesessity for all backcountry riders,avys happen in all types of terrain,it will open your eyes to the dangers out there and make recovery fast and less confusing.I cannot put into words without writing a book all the reasons for this coarse.

If affordability is your issue you can save money by signing up for this coarse for Jan. 2-3rd.Regular price is 309.00 but mention you saw this on snowandmud or mention smokindave and get your coarse for 260.00.Let your significant other know this would make the perfect Christmas present.

If you have any questions about this coarse PM me or go to http://www.hangfiretraining .com or call Ryan at 250-344-0399.
After taking this coarse I honestly don't want to ride with people that haven't taken this coarse.I know that if I am buried I stand a good chance surviving with people that have taken this coarse.

I really hope this post opens your eyes and sign up with any of the teachers of this coarse.Its just that this coarse with Hangfire is for sledders by sledders.I hope this info helps.

Have a safe season,
Dave

Pistonbroke
December 15th, 2009, 09:23 PM
I concur, but then again we agree on everything. Don't we dear? :whipped:


LMFAO......:beer::beer::beer: