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BackAvalanche School


Dave & Pieta Herring formed Alpine Access Australia in response to the fast-growing interest in backcountry touring in the Australian Snowy Mountains, and the demand for avalanche skills education from Australian skiers and boarders. With many years of skiing, backcountry touring and guiding experience in Australia, Japan and North America, Dave and Pieta enjoy sharing their skills and knowledge with others.

Alpine Access Australia runs Avalanche Canada AST1 Courses and our accredited Canadian Avalanche Association instructors are Dave Herring and Luka Szczepanik. Avalanche Canada sets the global standard for providing avalanche awareness programs.

Participants in AST1 acquire new skills and knowledge to help them keep safe in the backcountry. Yes avalanches do happen in Australia, and AST1 is also essential if you and your friends venture into the side or backcountry when skiing or snowboarding overseas.

AST1 is a two day course - 1 day in the classroom, and 1 day out in the backcountry. What you will learn:

  • avalanche formation and release
  • identify avalanche terrain
  • the basics of trip planning
  • optimal use of tools and resources like the avalanche forecasts to mitigate your avalanche risk
  • use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain
  • companion rescue using beacon, shovel, probe

We also incorporate into the field day of our course an emphasis on backcountry touring technique, etiquette & safe touring in the Australian backcountry.  The participants on our courses are always a diverse group with one main thing in common, a passion for the mountains and a desire to learn the skills and knowledge to be safe in the backcountry.  This makes for a fun, stimulating & challenging two days.

For prices, dates and more details, visit the Alpine Access website: www.alpineaccess.com.au. Email: avalanche@k7adventures.com
Or call Dave on 0423 470090 to have a chat about the course.