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  • Title: WBR Welcomes 2012/13 Winter Intern | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: WBR Welcomes 2012/13 Winter Intern.. Blog Home.. Wasatch Backcountry Rescue is proud to announce Whitney VerSteeg as Intern for the 2012/2013 Winter Season.. As a New England native, Whitney grew up skiing ice, fast, mostly at night.. However, after moving to Utah in 2010, it took very little convincing for Whitney to trade in her carving skis for powder skis.. After spending two seasons cutting her teeth within the resorts in the Wasatch Range, Whitney is excited to expand on her snow science knowledge and delve into Utah s famous backcountry.. We invite you to take the journey with Whitney, as she progresses through her Level 1 Avalanche course, and  ...   is reading Bruce Tremper s.. Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain.. (.. Google eBook.. ).. Additionally, The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education has an excellent resource for.. Level 1 Avalanche Pre-Course Study.. We look forward to hearing more from Whitney as she becomes a responsible, educated, and aware backcountry skier.. Sat, 11/17/2012 - 4:54pm | Posted by.. WBR Intern.. Avalanche Safety.. News.. Public education.. WBR.. WBR Intern s blog.. Click a term to initiate a search.. Categories.. (32).. (31).. (28).. (27).. (24).. (22).. Resorts.. (21).. Seminars.. (17).. Volunteers.. (8).. (6).. (4).. Date authored.. 2010.. (36).. 2012.. (19).. 2011.. (16).. 2013.. (14).. 2009.. Keyword search.. More options.. Related categories.. 11/2012.. 11/17/2012..

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  • Title: The Human Factor: Making Decisions in Avalanche Terrain | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: The Human Factor: Making Decisions in Avalanche Terrain.. Provided by:.. David Budge.. , Mountain Guide,.. Utah Mountain Adventures.. Whether you are a backcountry wizard or an old salt on patrol you have developed routines that allow you to be effective and stay safe.. Most of us have put a lot of thought into how we do things.. However, during our day-to-day operations we tend to operate on cruise control.. Most of our decisions are made with little analysis.. We just do things in a manner consistent with how we ve always done those things.. That s good, because we d never get anything done if we stopped and really analyzed everything we do.. We continue in this routine until it is broken by an event or circumstance that falls outside our previous experience, or we re forced to reconsider because our systems failed.. This outline gives a brief primer on decision-making as it applies to working and playing in the mountains.. There are two types of decision-making:.. 1.. Analytical.. Gather and interpret data, formulate an objective solution while considering all the options.. 2.. Intuitive.. Partially unconscious selection of a solution based on recognition of patterns compared to our previous experiences and knowledge.. Caution:.. Beware of using analytical data to support a decision you ve already made intuitively (selection bias).. Intuitive decision-making takes many forms.. Our decision-making is heavily affected by our biases.. Sometimes we use mental shortcuts (called.. heuristics.. by nerdy types).. These rules of thumb usually lead to positive outcomes.. These shortcuts and biases can also lead to disastrous outcomes and become decision-making traps.. Some examples:.. Inconsistency.. Basing decisions on your experience and knowledge (familiarity) of similar terrain and situations without specifically focusing on the present situation or condition.. Usually accurate, but you don t want your last words to be, but this slope.. never.. avalanches or we ve.. always.. done it this way.. Conservatism.. Not changing your mind despite new evidence.. 3.. Anchoring.. Closely related to conservatism.. Our decisions are heavily influenced by the initial pieces of information, which are weighed more heavily than data gathered later.. 4.. Availability.. Our decisions are often heavily influenced by recent or significant events that come easily to mind.. This can lead to inaccurate perceptions of hazards, both under- and overestimating.. 5.. Commitment.. Usually a good thing, but sometimes we are so committed that we ignore obvious clues suggesting instability.. 6.. Powder Fever.. ! We underestimate risk when we have positive feelings about an activity.. A prime example is unprotected sex.. The contrary is also true  ...   new partners.. 8.. Environmental factors.. Blue sky syndrome We tend to underestimate risk in benign conditions.. Bad weather Beware the decisions made when your feet are cold Lynne Wolfe.. In the rush to get back to the barn in bad weather we are more likely to make bad decisions.. Solutions for better decisions making in avalanche terrain:.. Know Thyself.. Try to understand your personal decision making style and how you are affected by individuals, groups, and situations.. Be aware of social factors that develop when you are in the mountains.. Communication.. Constant communication improves team performance in routine decision-making and during emergencies.. Encourage and respect input from partners/group.. Look for alternate solutions and possibilities.. Appoint a devil s advocate.. Use.. checklists and rituals.. to optimize outcomes.. For patrollers this means listening to your morning briefing and following established protocols without cutting corners.. Backcountry skiers can use checklists like ALPTRUTh, perform beacon checks at the trailhead, and observe safe travel rituals like skiing one at a time.. Remember the.. big picture.. The goal is to go home safely.. You can always ski another day.. The Challenge:.. Patrollers, at some point this season perform a fresh analysis of every shot on your route as if it is the first time you ever saw it.. Do the same thing with your standard practices, looking for areas of improvement.. You ll probably find you are already doing it the right way but you will benefit from the exercise and develop a deeper understanding of your routines.. Backcountry skiers, re-assess your standard skin tracks and routes to your favorite powder stashes.. Always ask yourself how you might be wrong.. Whenever we propose a solution to a problem, we ought to try as hard as we can to overthrow our solution, rather than defend it.. Karl Popper.. The goal here is to recognize that most of our decisions are made intuitively, and that s OK.. We just need to be aware of the pitfalls of operating in that mode and break out of our routines from time to time.. Disclaimer:.. I didn t really come up with any of this stuff.. For some light reading, check out Nobel prize laureate Daniel Kahneman s brilliant new book.. Thinking, Fast and Slow.. Tue, 3/6/2012 - 3:57pm | Posted by.. Comments.. Post new comment.. Your name:.. *.. E-mail:.. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.. Homepage:.. Comment:.. CAPTCHA.. This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.. 03/2012.. 03/06/2012..

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  • Title: Free Avalanche Clinic | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: Free Avalanche Clinic.. Atomic Backcountry Skis.. , Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, and.. Level Nine Sports.. are hosting a free avalanche awareness clinic Friday February 24th.. The free clinic will include a multi-media presentation by Wasatch avalanche professionals and guest Snowbird ski patrollers.. They will speak on safety in the backcountry and sidecountry for your travel and recreation.. Atomic will have their new 2012/ 2013  ...   and A-Team members will be on hand to answer questions.. Atomic has generously donated a free pair of their cutting edge backcountry skis to be given away that evening.. Who:.. All are welcome.. When:.. 24 Febraury 2012 6:30-8:00 pm.. Where:.. Level Nine Sports (660 South 400 West.. Salt lake City, UT 84101).. Cost:.. FREE!.. Mon, 2/13/2012 - 11:07am | Posted by.. 02/2012.. 02/13/2012..

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  • Title: Public education | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: WBR at Winter Wilderness Medicine Conference.. Sue Purvis and WBR dog handlers, shared thier skills this week and the.. 20.. th.. Annual Worldwide Winter Wilderness Medicine Conference.. this week in Park City.. WBR teaching skills are ever ready and extra fresh after the WBR In-House Dog School two weeks ago, and great weather made for fun in the snow.. Fri, 2/10/2012 - 12:51am | Posted by.. 1 comment.. Read more.. Snowbird Activities Center Hosts Basic Avalanche Transceiver Clinics and Backcountry Skills Seminars for the 2011/12 Season.. Basic Avalanche Transceiver Skills Clinics.. Learn how to navigate the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache Backcountry safely with Snowbird s expert guides.. In this seminar you will learn how to use transceivers as well as mountain rescue techniques.. There is no need to sign-up.. Just show up in the rooms below! If you have a transceiver, bring it.. - Saturday, January 7, 2012 Alpine B 5 6 p.. m.. FREE clinic.. - Friday, February 3, 2012 Alpine C 5 6 p.. - Friday, March 2, 2012 Alpine B 5 6 p.. Mon, 12/12/2011 - 12:50am | Posted by.. Snowbird Ski Patrol.. Snowbird Ski Patrol s blog.. Add new comment.. Snowbasin Avalanche Dogs go to Roy Elementary.. On November 10th Hans Hjelde and Pivot the dog along with Kory Davis and Nika attended a school event at Roy elementary.. They spoke to 3rd and 4th grade students about Wasatch Backcountry Rescue and the Avalanche Dog Program at Snowbasin.. The students had a great time and were more intrigued by the dogs than by what we had to say.. The visit was sponsored by the United Way of Utah as a reward for a reading program that Roy Elementary had participated in.. Snowbasin s Dog Teams joined with the U.. S.. Air Force, Roy Fire Department, and Roy Police Department for a fun day of learning and reading.. The dogs had a great time and the students learned a little about what it is like to be a Ski Patroller and an Avalanche Dog.. Wed, 12/7/2011 - 10:43pm | Posted by.. Snowbasin Ski Patrol.. Snowbasin Ski Patrol s blog.. Backcountry Skills Seminar, Snowbird, UT March 20 April 4th, 2011.. Learn how to navigate the Wasatch Backcountry safely with instructors from Wasatch Backcountry Rescue and the Snowbird Ski Patrol.. In this six hour seminar you will learn how to use transceivers as well as mountain rescue techniques in the classroom and out on the mountain.. You will need to be prepared for any kind of weather during this seminar.. Sun, 3/6/2011 - 9:44pm | Posted by.. Ari Theodore.. Ari Theodore s blog.. Outdoor Emergency  ...   in attendance it was a fun and educational evening.. Thanks to The Utah Avalanche Center and Brighton Resort for thier support.. Fri, 12/17/2010 - 7:19am | Posted by.. WBR Training Seminar with Swiss Avalanche Specialist Manuel Genswein.. Thu, 3/18/2010 - 11:34am | Posted by.. Scene Safety and the Human Factor.. Sat, 2/27/2010 - 11:36am | Posted by.. NSAA Safety Week.. As part of NSAA safety week, The Canyons Ski Patrol did a public dog demo and meet the avalanche dogs at Red Pine Lodge yesterday.. We had about 50 kids participate, including putting a few of them in dog holes with patrollers.. The event was a great success for both avalanche awareness and WBR visibility - a great educational tool for the general public.. The dogs had a great time showing off their stuff as well.. Mon, 1/18/2010 - 11:35am | Posted by.. The Canyons Ski.. The Canyons Ski Patrol s blog.. The Canyons Rescue Training Center.. The Canyons Rescue Training Center is up and running in it's new home.. It took a little while longer than we hoped, but we finally got enough snow to bury the targets and open it up.. It is currently located at Mid Mountain on the Chicane ski run - about 100 Yards north of it's old location.. It's still a great, convienent place to stop and do a few quick drills to keep your skills sharp on your way to Tombstone and beyond, or use it to learn your beacon and hone your skills.. Stay tuned for beacon seminars later this month.. CSP.. Sun, 1/3/2010 - 5:39pm | Posted by.. WBR Snowbird teaches kindergarteners about avalanche safety, kids raise money for avy dogs!.. On December 15, 2009 WBR Snowbird traveled to the Jewish Community Center kindergarten class for a educational talk on avalanche safety, avalanche dogs, and the mission of Wasatch Backcountry Rescue.. The class was very enthusiastic about the avy dogs and were very excited to see WBR President Dean Cardinale and avy rescue dog Akela visit their class.. Tue, 12/29/2009 - 6:00pm | Posted by.. Backcountry Skills Seminar: WBR Snowbird.. Saturday, December 19.. WBR Snowbird in conjunction with the Snowbird Ski Patrol and the Snowbird activities center, taught a six hour backcountry skills seminar at Snowbird Utah.. The weather was perfect and the participants were able to receive both classroom as well as field instruction on many important winter backcountry skills.. The participants were instructed on such topics as: safe winter travel, snow evaluation, snow science, avalanche transceiver use and mountain rescue techniques.. Sun, 12/20/2009 - 6:15pm | Posted by.. « first.. ‹ previous..

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  • Title: Snowbird's Newest Team: Trailer & Seth Roller | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: Snowbird s Newest Team: Trailer Seth Roller.. Meet Trailer, Snowbird Ski Patrol s newest Avalanche Rescue Candidate Dog.. He s a black Labrador Retriever, and at 6 Months, Trailer has already mastered Phases 1, 2, and 4 of the.. Swiss Four Phase Method.. This is hardly surprising, as Trailer comes from a long line of Field Champions.. As Seth pointed out, those familiar with Labrador Retriever Pedigrees would be considerably impressed with names in his lineage such as Ebonstar Lean Mac, among others.. Trailer even has an aunt in the business-.. Kaya, an avalanche rescue dog with Aspen Ski Patrol.. (Video).. Roller himself is no stranger to dog training, having trained dogs for duck hunting since he was in High School.. He currently has two other Labs in his household, both of whom he has trained to hunt- mostly puddle ducks: Mallards, Teal, Pintail and the like.. Seth s passion and dedication is readily evident when he begins talking about Trailer.. He recounts the hours he spent scouring the internet in  ...   forgo food rewards in favor of praise and tug rewards.. Therefore, Trailer is praise driven, which can at times be a danger to his well being.. As Seth explained, the general public has a tendency to call out to puppies at the resort, and young puppy will often respond to whomever calls it looking for praise.. The skis or snowboards strapped to your feet have razor sharp edges, which are designed to help you carve turns down the mountain.. Pair that with a young dog still in training, the unpredictable movement of skiers and riders of various abilities, and you get the picture.. Unfortunately, cuts that result from contact with skis and snowboards are an all too common job hazard for working avalanche dogs like Trailer.. Trailer and Seth have their sights set on attaining B level certification by the end of the Season.. We at WBR wish the two of you the best of luck as your training progresses throughout the winter!.. Thu, 11/29/2012 - 5:05pm | Posted by.. 11/29/2012..

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  • Title: Resorts | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: Message From WBR President, Dean Cardinale.. As we enter our 37.. year as a professional rescue organization we are excited to continue to work together as professionals serving our community, and educating and training the public.. We have exciting plans to host our International Dog Rescue School in Little Cottonwood Canyon this January, as well as sending our professional rescue teams to train in Switzerland, Canada, and Washington State.. WBR is proud to host numerous avalanche clinics around the Wasatch Range that will be open to the public.. We hope these clinics will better educate and train backcountry users, resulting in a safer back country season for everyone.. Sat, 11/24/2012 - 2:39pm | Posted by.. Free Beacon Clinics and Avalanche Seminars @ Snowbird.. Free 1 Hour Beacon Clinics.. If you have a transceiver, bring it.. - Friday, December 28, 2012 5 6 p.. - Friday, January 25, 2013 5 6 p.. - Friday, February 15, 2013 5 6 p.. - Friday, March 8, 2013 5 6 p.. Tue, 11/20/2012 - 8:52pm | Posted by.. EMT/Ski Patrol position open at the Utah Olympic Park.. Would you like to work along side one of these incredible k-9s? The Utah Olympic Park has a full-time  ...   Rescue Snowbird (WBR) is looking for one intern for the 2012/2013 winter season.. The intern will assist with the formulation of website content, blog content, accident reports, snow safety data, international dog school logistics, and a variety of other projects throughout the winter season.. In addition to assisting WBR with administrative functions, interns will have the opportunity to observe and train with professional ski patrolmen and backcountry rescuers in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah.. Requirements:.. Tue, 10/16/2012 - 8:54pm | Posted by.. Brighton WBR 2009-2010 Season.. As the season draws to a close Brighton WBR would like to offer thanks to all the volunteer professionals who make this organization great.. Brighton WBR responded to 15 backcountry incidents in the 2009-2010 season.. Three avalanche call-outs included.. Assistance of a buried avalanche victim recovered by his partner in a heroic beacon search, evacuation of a backcountry skier after losing his equipment in an avalanche, and a precision stabilization and evacuation of a severely injured backcountry avalanche victim with SLC SAR and Airmed personnel.. WBR Brighton personnel responded to 12 other backcountry recreation injuries in and around the Brighton Basin including skiers, snowboarders and even a snow mobiler.. Thu, 4/15/2010 - 11:21pm | Posted by..

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  • Title: Wasatch Backcountry Rescue Announces Winter Intern | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: Wasatch Backcountry Rescue Announces Winter Intern.. Alpinist, climber, yoga enthusiast and Utah local Sarah McConkie has been welcomed to WBR as our winter intern.. Sarah comes to WBR after several years working with.. Backcountry.. and a student of the University of Utah.. Remote Rescue Program.. You are more likely to run into Sarah in the hills than in town.. Some of her favorite adventures include first ascents in Peru and Ecuador, working  ...   s San Juan Islands.. Sarah is looking forward to her second spring season working and exploring Valdez, Alaska and her first fall season in Antarctica.. Sarah will figure out this descent concept eventually, and is learning to give into gravity one run at a time.. The expertise and support at WBR is motivating and she is looking forward to expand on her ready skills.. Mon, 1/16/2012 - 10:56am | Posted by.. 01/2012.. 01/16/2012..

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  • Title: Intern search for Wasatch Backcountry Rescue – Snowbird 2011/2012 | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: Intern search for Wasatch Backcountry Rescue – Snowbird 2011/2012.. Wasatch Backcountry Rescue Snowbird (WBR) is looking for one to two interns for the 2011/2012 winter season.. Interns will assist with the formulation of website content, blog content, accident reports, snow safety data, editing of rescue manuals, and a variety of other projects throughout the winter season.. - Strong interest in professional backcountry rescue and/or resort management.. - Must be able to ski.. - Must tolerate an outside environment in extreme conditions.. - Proficiency with computers,  ...   be able to commit a minimum of 10 hours per week.. - Back country and medical training a plus.. Compensation:.. - This is a non-compensated internship.. - College credit is available through specific programs.. If interested please submit current resume, cover letter, and contact information by December 23.. rd.. to:.. Intern Coordinator.. Snowbird Ski Patrol/Wasatch Backcountry Rescue.. atwolf@hotmail.. 801.. 933.. 2117.. Wasatch Backcountry Rescue is a federal 501c3 nonprofit organization, funded by private donations and fundraisers.. Tue, 12/20/2011 - 12:23pm | Posted by.. 12/2011.. 12/20/2011..

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  • Title: WBR | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: WBR Dog School 2012.. It was another great year for participants at the Wastatch Backcountry Rescue In-House Dog School.. A wide range of dogs, handlers, educators, and volunteers gathered at Brighton Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon for the four-day training.. Thu, 2/9/2012 - 12:32pm | Posted by.. Wasatch Backcountry Rescue In-House Dog School Training January 2012.. It is an even numbered year, which means the WBR Dog School is ramping up and getting ready to train in-house WBR member teams.. Next season (2013), an odd numbered year is available for enrollment for public and International teams by application.. Local WBR dog handlers train on basic and advanced field work, dog socialization, puppy instruction, ranging, beacon search, probing techniques, modern shoveling techniques, dog agility, dog obedience, and the Swiss four phase method.. Next week the crew hits Brighton Ski Resort to build on their skills.. Check in next week to see how the pups and handlers measure up to these rigorous standards.. Mon, 1/16/2012 - 10:45am | Posted by.. WBR, Salt Lake County Sheriff, Airmed Dispatch and deployment excersize.. Wed, 3/23/2011 - 8:04am | Posted by.. WBR Fundraiser Feb.. 25th Peruvian Bar - Alta, UT.. Mon, 2/21/2011 - 11:42am | Posted by.. WBR Little Cottonwood Canyon  ...   10:58am | Posted by.. Hey Buddy, What’s in That Pack?.. The mountains of Utah are filled with countless opportunities to explore new areas and experience the epic terrain up close.. However, as more and more people push farther into the back country, the importance of the professional rescuer being prepared for a back country call out increases dramatically.. The evolution and proliferation of touring equipment has made it easier for the average individual to get out and about.. In the event that you do get called out on a backcountry rescue, make sure your gear is in good working order and that you have the best combination of equipment to get yourself in and out in one piece.. Tue, 3/30/2010 - 9:38pm | Posted by.. Dog School Update.. Wed, 2/3/2010 - 5:27pm | Posted by.. WBR Callout 1.. 21.. 2010.. On 1.. 2010 Wasatch Backcountry Rescue was activated by the Salt Lake County Sherriff’s office to rescue a skier who was caught in a slide and subsequently injured off Cardiff Peak in Little Cottonwood Canyon.. The first report occurred at 1313 and the rescue was concluded with the rescue team back at Alta at 1610.. Tue, 1/26/2010 - 5:30pm | Posted by.. next ›.. last »..

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  • Title: WBR | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: WBR Fundraiser!!.. On February 4th, the last day of our dog school, we will be doing a fundraiser at Harry O's in Park City.. The doors will open at 7pm.. There will be lots of prizes, raffles, silent auction, live music and fun!!! The cost is $10 to get in.. Come support your local avalanche dog!!!.. Mon, 1/11/2010 - 8:27pm | Posted by.. Deer Valley Ski.. Deer Valley Ski Patrol s blog..

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  • Title: WBR Intern's blog | Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
    Descriptive info: WBR Intern's blog.. Safety and Decision Making: A Psychological Dilemma.. Last week I went on mountain with Snowbird Ski Patroller Ari Theodore to do some basic beacon locator drills and transceiver practice.. I learned a lot and had a great time, but it was a sobering experience.. After locating two buried beacons I began to think about what the drill represented, what those thuds I had felt  ...   sunk in I started thinking about all the unnecessary risks we take in our day to day lives, and how taking just one of those risks, making one tiny mistake in the backcountry could put actual human life in danger.. Then it hit me- what about the tiny mistakes we make every day we ski in bounds at the resort?.. Sat, 12/1/2012 - 10:27pm | Posted by..

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