Originally I had planned for my next post to be about the FWT stop in Chamonix. While this is not completely unrelated it's a slightly different tone. Unfortunately snow and weather conditions did not agree with us this time around and the contest has been moved to Andorra. So hopefully my next post will be about two great competitions ;-)
As an outsider it's easy to get lost in all the action of our sport and not realize some of the other work that's put in so that we can safely enjoy the mountains. It's the years you spent learning how to ski in the beginning and the lifetime of knowledge in the mountains you acquire day after day.
At the start of every season the Freeride World Tour holds safety workshops to help educate or freshen up the new and old athletes on the tour. It's easy to welcome an education when you have no previous experience however, when you have spent years previously learning how to be safe in the mountains it can sometimes be easy to think you have all the knowledge you need. I have personally found that even the most basic refresher can come in handy. Whether it's needed on your end, as a team or perhaps to discover your backcountry partner could use a little more time working on thier skills either way it's only an added benefit.
This time around the mountain rescue crews threw in a different test, we looked a little deeper into the first aid side of the rescue. I thought this was great, I'd never really addressed it much in an avalanche setting. In the past I've received my Wilderness First Responder and although much I have learned is still located somewhere in my brain the saying "if you don't use it you lose it" is pretty accurate I'd say.
I definitely walked away saying it's time to take another first aid course this summer. This time around I'm bringing Reine with me. Sure it's great if you know what to do, but if you are the one that's injured it's even better if your partner also knows what to do!