This two day camp is ideal for the backcountry skier or rider looking to become a more active member of a backcountry group or prepare for an AIARE 2. Over the two days in Grand Teton National Park, participants will refine their navigation, skin track setting and downhill travel skills with help and advice from their guide. All of this will happen while taking in amazing views and skiing or riding some of the most classic descents in the Tetons.
Participants in this two day camp should be able to hike uphill for 4000 vertical feet for multiple days and be advanced skiers or riders who are comfortable in ungroomed, treed terrain. It is suggested that participants have taken an AIARE 1 before signing up for this camp.
Meet at the JHMG office at 8:00 AM for coffee, introductions and a safety briefing. Before going out into the field, your guide will go over the following with you:
- Gear and Strategic Packing
- Avalanche Safety Gear
- Navigation and Trailhead Location
In the field, your group will practice avalanche rescue before heading out for a full day of touring in Grand Teton National Park.
Your group will meet in Grand Teton National Park at 8 AM and conduct a morning briefing and beacon check before leaving for a full day of touring.
Over the two field days, participants will hone in the following skills with the help of their guide:
- Identifying and traveling through avalanche terrain
- Snowpack assessment
- Navigation and route finding
- Track setting and pacing
- Layering and equipment maintenance
- Downhill travel techniques
Price: $550 per person
January 17 – 18
February 14 – 15
March 6 – 7
- Top Long Sleeve Synthetic: medium to expedition weight long underwear Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Butterman 1/2 zip
- Soft Shell or Fleece Jacket Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear 32 Degree Jacket
- Shell Jacket with hood. Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Cloudseeker Jacket
- Puffy Jacket: Hood Recommended. Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Ghostwhisperer Jacket
- Bottom Synthetic or Wool Long Underwear Bottoms Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Butterman Tight
- Shell Pant: full side zips and built-in gaiters Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Highball Pant
- Socks: Synthetic or wool. Sized for your boots and blister protection. Liners recommended.
HEAD AND HANDS
- Gloves 3 pair: 1 light, 1 medium, 1 heavy pair Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Cyclone GTX Glove
- Hat: medium weight ski hat
- Hat: baseball or visor for sun
- Buff/neck gaiter
- Back Pack: 30 to 40 Liter ski pack, Guide Pick: Mammut Pro Short Removable Airbag System Backpack
- Water & Food: Thermos or insulated water bottles are best. Lot’s of snacks.
- Sunglasses/ Sunglass Case
- Ski Goggles
- Extra Prescription Glasses/Contact Lens
- Sunscreen/Lip balm
- Headlamp-Extra batteries
SKI/SNOWBOARD EQUIPMENT FOR THE BACKCOUNTRY (Packages available for rent at JHMG)
- Boots: Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Snowboarding Boots
- Skis or Splitboard with compatible binding for boots
- Climbing Skins (fit to skis)
- Ski Poles
- Helmet (optional)
SNOW SAFETY EQUIPMENT (REQUIRED and available for rent at JHMG)
- Transceiver Guide Pick:Mammut Barryvox S
- Shovel Guide Pick: Mammut Alugator Twist shove
- Probe Guide Pick: Mammut Fastlock Probe 240
Grand Teton National Park is located roughly 30 minutes from our Jackson, WY headquarters. Our Jackson office is located in the south part of Jackson at 1325 S. Highway 89, Suite 104 and shares a parking area with Smith’s. Our phone number is (800) 239-7642 or (307) 733-4979. Most trips and classes will meet at this office for gear checks, preparation, and classes. The Jackson Hole airport is the closest, but Idaho Falls (a 2 – 2.5 hour drive) is a cheaper option and Salt Lake City (4 – 5 hour drive) are also air travel options. It is helpful to arrive a couple of days prior to your trip/class in order to acclimatize. Otherwise, you should arrive the day before and stop by our office for an equipment check. Do not plan on traveling the day after a significant climb – you will be tired and there are no guaranteed times when we will return to the trailhead. Plan on having accommodations for the night prior to and the night you return from a significant climb. There are a plethora of hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts in Jackson and the surrounding area. Accommodations near our office make your transitions convenient. It is highly advisable to make reservations as early as possible. Lodging recommendations and many more details can be found in the downloadable document below.
Participants will get to demo DPS Touring Skis during the program. Boots, poles and DPS' new line of backcountry skis the Pagoda Tour. This plus the knowledge that you have skied some of the freshest lines the Tetons have to offer on the best gear you can get make this 2-Day camp an experience you won't soon forget. DPS is providing this opportunity because they want your feedback and review of their product. We ask that anyone who takes advantage of this fill out the review form after their trip.
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