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the professional camp for the unprofessional champ

We’ve created the next level intensive Backcountry and Avalanche Skills training camp, because after an AST 1 & 2 nothing exists to further the learning process.  Often people seek the CAA Ops level 1 course as the next step, but that’s not for everyone. That curriculum has a focus on recording standards to work as an avalanche professional not the actual decision making process.  Enter the caPROcess. (CAPOW plus Process)

Apply curriculum in complex big mountain terrain and learn the process how to put it all together. 

Learn from top certified guides a professional way to gather information, ground truth in the field, stimulate the conversation in a group and formulate a decision. 

We understand that not everyone wants to work as a professional in the Avalanche industry, but are still looking for professional decision-making, communication and terrain movement skills. The curriculum is intensive, mirroring something like a CAA professional Operations Level 1. In other words, days are spent accessing the best possible shredding. However, the focus will be on learning the steps it takes to get there.

“Over-a-cold-one(s)” evening sessions, we will build on the day’s curriculum, with the intention of developing personal decision-making and thought analyzing frameworks to take forward as a leader. We will cover how a professional conducts AM/PM meetings with daily Avalanche Canada Mountain Information Network posts.  You will be coached to communicate to a professional standard.  Evening sessions will include comprehensive avalanche theory, and relate from our previous experiences through case studies.  Hands on scenarios will cover rescue with advanced extraction techniques and improvised toboggan building.

We will be based out of the Valley Retreat in Revelstoke, BC – setting us up for a different location each day.  From Rogers Pass, Revy backcountry and one heli drop in the surrounding area we plan to drop you into unfamiliar and big terrain.  Big decisions start right away and keep happening all day. Class size will be 8 students, breaking into two groups each day giving a 4:1 ratio for full small group learning. It will be up to us as a group to decide where to go and what to do. Expect to set the up-track, get coached along the way and learn how to stimulate the conversation in a group to get the best out of the day.

Meals are provided, giving you the time and energy required to focus solely on maximizing your studies and learning experience. Just like Hogwarts.

There is no substitute for experience when it comes to backcountry and avalanche terrain decision-making and movement – but this is a course to expedite that learning and experience process. We’ve got high expectations for the course, and we have the same expectations for those that sign up. We’re looking for physically fit students with previous touring experience. An AST 2 or summary of equivalent experience is required.

GROUP DYNAMICS

  • 4:1 Student Guide Ratio
  • 5 Full Field Days
  • 5 Nights Accommodation @ Valley Retreat
  • 1 Heli Drop on the Best Weather Day
  • Different Locations Each Day
  • Food Supplied

HUH?Required
CAP-Abilities

Capabilities

Group dynamics and vibe are so key in the backcountry. We excel in connecting the right environment for your ability, personality and interests. Think of us like the backcountry matchmakers; hook it up with the right guide, crew and direction for your experience. We’ve developed a way for you to communicate using your hands. Be honest and use this format to communicate your vibe.

Peace Sign

Experience: You have a day or two out touring with friends but feel new and intimidated with 1) the term “complex terrain” 2) Transitions 3) multi peak day 4) Your outfit
Fitness: Love the outdoors, but wish you could get out more. A full day is fine, but prefer lots of snack breaks
Shredability: Strong intermediate. Can shred at least 85% of inbounds terrain at your local resort.

Shakka Brah

Experience: Completed either an Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 course or been guided backcountry skiing before. Generally proficient and confident with mountain travel. Limited experience in complex terrain, but excited to #exploremore
Fitness: Bring on a big day, but let’s talk the whole way. There’s more to life then panting for air.
Shredability: Advanced. Will shred all terrain and comfortable in changing snow conditions

Devil Horns

Experience: You’ve been out there doing this for years maybe even completed an AST 2. You own an ice axe and aren’t afraid to use it.
Fitness: So you’re fit, and you identify yourself as such. You’re looking for big days and big vert.
Shredability: Humility is good but you can ski any terrain and make it look good.

Air Guitar

Experience: Years of backcountry touring in complex terrain and a credible level of avalanche training. More-than-proficient with technical equipment: ice axe, crampons, roping up on a glacier.
Fitness: You think you can actually hang with Greg Hill?… the guy that ski toured 2 million vertical in a season.
Shredability: Rappel into a couloir or 10,000+ ft days – BRING IT

Peace Sign
Shaka Bra
Devil Horns
Air Guitar

Trip Dates

March 1-6, 2020

$2198

Itinerary

5-7pm

Valley Retreat - Sign in and review course objectives

7am

Breakfast

9am

Comprehensive Avalanche Companion Rescue Training

Full 1st Day

Review curriculum gather snowpack information

7pm

Dinner and evening session

Day 2-5

Long Fiend Day Sessions

Final day wrap 4pm

Course close and depart home

Ask Jami More

What the FAQ?

No. BUT we are looking for a crew that has backcountry experience. Just let us know when you book. This is our highest level of education so we're looking for a very experienced group.

You will get a cool piece of paper that is a certificate.... but this is a new course, unlike an AST 1 or 2 that is nationally recognized. The value in the trip is a higher depth of decision making not the certificate.

No. The Ops 1 course instructs on avalanche recording standards. This is a private and individual trip

This is original Capow! curriculum, and because we created it, we call it whatever we want.  Us Canadians say PRO-cess, this camp is PRO level and all about developing a level of decision making... and also we love play on words.

Accomodation at the Valley Retreat. All Food starting the morning after meeting. Instruction and course curriculum. One heli drop at some point during the trip.

Transportation. All of your personal backcountry gear. Dinner the first not it not included

5pm at Valley Retreat. First night will be 5-7pm signing waiver and giving a course layout. Dinner the first not is not supplied

Common, of course you are…encouraged even. Each trip we have a number of splitboarders. Make sure you have any extra bolts or parts specific for your set up.

Through Lifestyle financial. It is custom to each person and trip. Follow this link to start the process. http://www.lifestylefinancial.ca/index.php/travelinsurance/capowguiding

We understand you’ve had something big come up (changed your millennial mind, you got bad frostbite, your loved one is making you go to your cousin's wedding) but we’ve saved you a spot. We can't just give you your money back. Here are your options // 1) Buy cancelation insurance, this makes it easy for everyone // 2) Excluding your non-refundable deposit, any amounts paid can be refunded or applied as credit at your discretion if you are making the cancelation 60 days or more in advance of the 1stday of the trip. // 3) If you are unable to attend a trip and notify us 14 days or less prior to the start of the trip, CAPOW guiding has the right to keep full payment. 4)If you are unable to attend a trip and are able to fill with a substitute to fill your space, DO THAT!!

YES - There are always cancellations. Give Jami a message (info@capow.ca) and get your name on the list!

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