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Friends of Berthoud Pass

Postby cara » Mon Jan 14, 2008 3:54 pm

I would just like to take a second to plug this non-profit organization, Friends of Berthoud Pass. Check out the link below if they are new to you:

http://www.berthoudpass.org/

My husband and I took their backcountry avalanche class yesterday, and we were completely impressed. Our instructors (all volunteering their time, may I add) were knowledgeable, helpful, and incredibly well-versed in the ways of winter backcountry travel. With the avy danger being so high right now and many folks venturing out unprepared (whether simply gear-wise or knowledge-wise), this organization should be valued and supported! Safety is the number one priority for me in the backcountry, and this course definitely helped broaden my understanding of reading snow, safe winter backcountry travel, and helped solidify the inherent risk that one takes when headed out into Mother Nature.

For a minimal donation you get not only a classroom session, but also a very interactive on-slope session. I learned a TON, we got to practice actual scenarios using our beacons, shovels, and probes, and the instructors/leaders were friendly and informed. I'm not sure if there will be another on-slope session this year, but bookmark it for next year!

Thanks, Friends of Berthoud Pass! Thought I would spread some good PR for you; you deserve it!

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Re: Friends of Berthoud Pass

Postby FOBP » Mon Jan 14, 2008 4:55 pm

Thanks, Cara!We're glad you found the field day useful.

Unfortunately, we don't have any more coursework scheduled for this season. It's a huge effort on the part of a handful of very dedicated volunteers that allows us to make this happen each year, and it's tough work. We're always looking for volunteers to help us plan, organize and run our avalanche education curriculum. Send us an email if you'd like to help out.

fobp_info*yahoo.com

Re: Friends of Berthoud Pass

Postby maverick_manley » Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:45 pm

I second that... it's a very well designed course. I thought the scenarios were great and supplemented the classroom session very well.

Cara it was great to meet you and your husband. I was one of the snow-shoers in your group... the one without the snowboard.
My Brain Stops at Treeline but my Soles will Summit

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Re: Friends of Berthoud Pass

Postby FOBP » Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:52 am

This evening is our final Front Range classroom session before the On-Snow days in January.

AVALANCHE AWARENESS COURSES

Friends of Berthoud Pass (berthoudpass.org) is proud to continue our low cost, high quality Avalanche Awareness Courses for the '08-09 Season.

We are pleased to welcome Bob Tomsky, aka 'Bobski', formerly the Berthoud Pass Ski Patrol Avalanche Training Director, who will provide backcountry travelers with an overview of avalanche awareness, avoidance, rescue and forecasting methods and skills.

Topics such as route selection, hazard minimization, best practices, preparedness and terrain analysis will be covered in a 2 1/2 hour classroom presentation. Full Day On-Snow sessions at Berthoud Pass will be conducted in January 2009 for FOBP members.

* Wed. Oct. 8 in Winter Park at The Pub
* Wed. Oct. 15 in Boulder, CU Campus Benson #180
* Wed. Oct. 22 in Denver, The Oriental Theater,
* Wed. Oct. 29 in Boulder, CU Campus Benson #180
* Wed. Nov. 12 in Golden, School of Mines Campus, Green Center, Petroleum Hall
* Wed. Nov. 19 in Denver, The Oriental Theater
* Wed. Dec. 10 in Winter Park at The Pub

All sessions are free of charge and open to the public, however donations are greatly appreciated. Please be on time, we start promptly at 7:00pm and run until approximately 9:30pm.


Tonight at the Oriental Theater in NW Denver (http://www.theorientaltheater.com) followed by "The Wish List," a new ski film from Blacksmith Productions out of Ft Collins.

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Re: Friends of Berthoud Pass

Postby csuram » Thu Nov 20, 2008 5:47 pm

Just wanted to thank you for announcing this class. I went last night and enjoyed it-Bobski is pretty damn entertaining! It was definitely informative and much better than the course I attended at REI a couple of years ago. I plan on joining FOBP and taking the practical course.
Thanks so much! =D>
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Re: Friends of Berthoud Pass

Postby FOBP » Mon Nov 02, 2009 4:12 pm

Friends of Berthoud Pass is proud to continue our low cost, high quality avalanche awareness courses for the 2009-10 season.

Bob Tomsky, aka 'Bobski', the former Berthoud Pass Ski Patrol Avalanche Training Director, will provide backcountry travelers with a classroom overview of avalanche awareness, avoidance, rescue and forecasting methods and skills.

Topics such as route selection, hazard minimization, best practices, preparedness and terrain analysis will be covered in a 2 1/2 hour classroom presentation.

Full-day on-snow sessions at Berthoud Pass will be conducted in February 2010.

The course is open to the public with a $5 minimum donation.

The class runs from 7:00pm until approximately 9:30pm.

Contact Friends of Berthoud Pass at fobp_info@yahoo.com with any questions.

October
28 – Avy Class, Colorado Springs, Gaylord Hall, CC Worner Center

November
10 – Avy Class, Boulder, HLMS 252, CU Campus
11 – Avy Class, Golden, Colorado School of Mines, Hill Hall 202
18 – Avy Class, Boulder, EDUC 220, CU Campus
19 – Avy Class, Golden, Colorado School of Mines, Hill Hall 202

December
9 – Avy Class, Winter Park Pub
15 – Avy Class, Denver, Oriental Theater, 4335 w44th Ave

January
6 – Avy Class, Winter Park Pub
14 – Avy Class, Denver, Oriental Theater, 4335 w44th Ave

February
6/7 – On Snow Class, Berthoud Pass

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Re: Friends of Berthoud Pass

Postby Carl » Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:05 pm

bump...

classroom presentation tomorrow night in Golden, 7pm Colorado School of Mines, Hill Hall 202

see you there

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Re: Friends of Berthoud Pass

Postby Carl » Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:02 pm

Friends of Berthoud Pass avalanche awareness class tonight at 7pm at the Denver Oriental Theater.

FoBP is making tonight's event a fundraiser for a few local children's charities. If you come, please bring $5, an unwrapped toy, or a nonperishable food item.

Come learn (or refresh) about avalanches, have a beer, and support a good cause.

See you there!

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Re: Friends of Berthoud Pass

Postby FOBP » Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:35 pm

=D>

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Re: Friends of Berthoud Pass

Postby FOBP » Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:01 am

The 2010-2011 classes have begun. Check the calendar for a class near you:

November
3 – Boulder, Eaton Humanities 1B50, CU Campus
8 – Colorado Springs, Worner Student Center, Colorado College
16 – Denver, Casselman’s Bar & Venue, 2620 Walnut St.
17 – Golden, Bent Gate Mountaineering, 1313 Washington Ave.

December
8 – Denver, Casselman’s Bar & Venue, 2620 Walnut St.
15 – Golden, Bent Gate Mountaineering, 1313 Washington Ave.

January
4 – Denver, Casselman’s Bar & Venue, 2620 Walnut St.
5 – Winter Park, East Grand Fire Station, US Highway 40
12 – Golden, Bent Gate Mountaineering, 1313 Washington Ave.
18 – Denver, Casselman’s Bar & Venue, 2620 Walnut St.

February
12 & 13 – On Snow Class, Berthoud Pass

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Re: Friends of Berthoud Pass

Postby 2005trek1200 » Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:37 am

i am very interested in the classes, namely...

16 – Denver, Casselman’s Bar & Venue, 2620 Walnut St.
17 – Golden, Bent Gate Mountaineering, 1313 Washington Ave.

wondering what time they start and if/where i have to/can sign up.

Thanks very much.

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Re: Friends of Berthoud Pass

Postby Carl » Wed Nov 03, 2010 12:37 pm

2005trek1200 wrote:i am very interested in the classes, namely...

16 – Denver, Casselman’s Bar & Venue, 2620 Walnut St.
17 – Golden, Bent Gate Mountaineering, 1313 Washington Ave.

wondering what time they start and if/where i have to/can sign up.

Thanks very much.


They run from 7 to 10pm. Please try to arrive a little early. No need to sign up in advance. See you there!

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