OPP Snow-based Courses
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Attendance at the first course session is REQUIRED. Please read our enrollment and attendance policies.
staying warm in the cold
snow shelter construction tips

emergency shelters

igloo building


t-slot snow caves


mountain weather
snow crystals
snow metamorphism
recognizing avy terrain
avalanche dynamics
travel in avy terrain
stability evaluation
avalanche rescue

PEO 371 - Snowcamping

This two-credit course includes classroom sessions and a three-day snowcamping outingin the Oregon Cascades. Classroom sessions preparestudents for participation in the outing.

Classroom topics include trip planning and preparation, thermoregulation, cold weather clothing and equipment requirements, a review of cold injuries, snow shelter construction techniques, Leave No Trace travel and camping ethics, avalanche safety, and winter navigation and survival techniques.

The outing provides an opportunity to learn and practice safe and responsible winter camping and travel techniques, snow shelter construction and backcountry routefinding techniques. Winter survival techniques will also be addressed, including an opportunity for a solo survival experience if weather conditions allow.

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PEO 391 - Avalanche Safety

snow pit workThis two-credit course is designed to convey the information and skills necessary for safe travel in avalanche prone terrain.

Classroom sessions include a series of lectures on weather, snow morphology, hazard evaluation, route selection, travel safety, equipment and rescue techniques.

The three-day outing component provides hands-on practice in a variety of avalanche safety skills and techniques including snow pit analysis, hazard estimation, avalanche beacon use, and rescue techniques.

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