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Route-finding exercises

Route finding exercise from Shadowlight Productions

1. Study terrain photos.

2. Locate Point A (point of origin) and Point B (destination) on the picture. If the exercise requires more than 2 waypoints, Point B will become the point of origin and Point C will be the destination.

3. Using your mouse, hold down the right button and draw a safe route from Point A (green) to Point B (red).  Assume that the avalanche danger rating is 3 - CONSIDERABLE in the alpine, and 2 - MODERATE at treeline, unless stated otherwise.

As you draw your route, you will receive feedback if you are venturing into dangerous territory. You will then have a chance to correct your route and continue.

Exercise #1 | Photo: Canadian Mountain Holidays

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Exercise #2 | Photo: Canadian Mountain Holidays

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Exercise #3 | Photo: I. Tomm

  • To interact with the Route Finder exercise you need to have the Flash Player (version 9+) installed. Get Flash.

Exercise #4 | Photo: I. Tomm

  • To interact with the Route Finder exercise you need to have the Flash Player (version 9+) installed. Get Flash.

Exercise #5 | Photo: I. Storm

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Exercise #6

Wow! This is serious terrain and there’s no way to climb to the pass without spending time in avalanche terrain or on a crevassed glacier.  In this exercise your task is to ascend to the pass.  The public avalanche bulletin rates the avalanche danger rating as 3 - CONSIDERABLE with cautions for buried surface hoar near treeline and triggering wind slabs in both treeline and alpine terrain.

Photo: I. Tomm

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Exercise #7 | Photo: I. Tomm

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Exercise #8 | Photo: G. Statham

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Exercise #9 | Photo: Parks Canada

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Exercise #10

It's the first blue sky day after a storm, your sleds are fueled, and the avalanche bulletin rates the danger 4 - HIGH.  You're itching to get at the powder; but wisely you and your buddies are concerned about avalanches.  Therefore you decide on an area with safer rolling terrain and you agree to spend the day riding slopes one at time, staying on gentle slopes without terrain traps and to watch each other from a safe spot (but pointing downhill with the kill-switch up). You also plan to keep track of each other with your swanky new helmet headsets while you travel from start to finish, playing along the way.

Photo: R. Buchanan

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Exercise #11 | Photo: I. Tomm

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Newfoundland Terrain Photos

The following section contains terrain photos taken from Newfoundland.

Exercise #12. Photo Keith Nicol.

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Exercise #13. Photo Keith Nicol.

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Exercise #14. Photo Keith Nicol.

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