CaseyI think the point of the course is to get you in the habit of listening to people that know what they are talking about
There are many reasons to take the AST1 course.
- Sets a standard of knowledge of risks and skills
- Scares reality back into you and makes you appreciate the backcountry much more
- Gives you awareness of most risks involved in back country travel
- Certified instruction so you get the facts from professionals in the field
- Experiences are shared from instructor to student, but also student to student
- A pre requisite to further studies.
As a local amateur guide to my region, I have to make sure they are aware of the risks, but also a standard language with the people Im taking with. Im not just worried about my friends, but people moving above me and below me are always in my mind. Its not me that going to kill myself in avalanches, but my buddy or people above me or below me that have no idea that they are doing that might kill me, or involve me in their death.
Ive seen this much shit this year in the Western Kootenays. Too many incidents this year caused by the lowest common denominators from the metropole. In 2013, there was 1 incident per 2 weeks of so. This year, I averaged 4 per DAY!(Avalanche Canada) Nelson search and rescue had a hard year.