TCSAR Foundation ramps up in-person programming for backcountry safety

JACKSON, Wyo.—After a year of mostly online workshops, Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation is planning a series of in-person educational offerings this summer. There’s even a Zoom workshop for those who prefer an online setting. The workshops will teach basic outdoor skills for those heading into the Jackson Hole backcountry, and cover topics such as packing essentials, bear awareness and how to deploy bear spray (on a replica of a charging bear), how to avoid lightning, basic first aid, and emergency shelter-building.

Local experts will lead the discussions, with areas of interest broken up into sessions. With each class held at the TCSAR hangar at 300 South Batch Plant Road, it’s an opportunity for the community to meet some volunteers and get to know the essential services they provide.

With COVID-19 protocols in mind, each workshop will take place either outdoors or in a large well-ventilated indoor space. Hand sanitizer or washing is required upon arrival. Stay home if you or anyone in your household is sick. Total workshop registration will be limited to 30 participants, with skills taught in smaller groups. Masks may be required to enter the building and whenever proper social distancing is not possible.

To register, go to BackcountryZero.com/events.

Mountain Bike Essentials

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Registration: $15

Mountain Bike the Tetons will join the Teton County Search & Rescue Foundation for this event to get you prepared for riding the trails this summer.
Skills stations will include what to bring on your bike (and how to pack it), first aid for bikers, how to fix a flat, and how to repair a broken chain. All teaching materials will be supplied, you are welcome to bring your own bike if you want to ask questions and practice with your set up.

Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a guardian. Every registered participant gets a sweet goody bag! This event has been generously sponsored by The Hub bike shop.

What’s In Your Pack for Adults

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Registration: $20

Learn what to pack for a day in the Tetons, how to stop life-threatening bleeds, what current satellite communication technology looks like (such as inReaches), and how to be responsible in bear country.

Registration includes a goody bag. Thanks to Skinny Skis for the generous sponsorship.

What’s In Your Pack for Kids (grades 3-7)

Thursday, June 17, 2021
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Registration: Free, includes pizza dinner

Kids will learn from experts about what to pack, how to splint injuries, and what knots they need to know. They will also get a hands-on tour of all gear used by Teton County Search & Rescue on summer missions (RZR, jet boats, rigging wall!).

Registration is FREE and includes a goody bag and pizza dinner. Event generously sponsored by Architectural Stone and Tile.

Virtual What’s In Your Pack

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Registration: $10 (free for anyone under 18)

Based on the popularity of our winter Zoom workshops, and to make our offerings more accessible, we’re holding this What’s in Your Pack workshop online. Registration includes a goody bag (pick up details shared in workshop). Topics to be covered include: packing essentials, what to do around lightning (and how to avoid it), basic first aid, and bear awareness.

NEW: What’s In Your Pack for Families

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Registration: $20 for up to three family members ($5 for each additional member)

Come test your bear spray skills by practicing on a replica of a charging bear. Families will learn from the pros about how to pack and prepare for a summer adventure. Skill stations will include a gear demo, emergency shelter building, bear awareness with the Bear Education Trailer, and an overview of satellite communication devices, such as inReaches. This includes snacks and a sweet goody bag! This new class is generously sponsored by RECCO.

Mountain Bike Essentials for Women

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Registration: $15

This all-women’s class sold out in just minutes last summer. So don’t delay! Mountain Bike the Tetons will join the Teton County Search & Rescue Foundation to get you prepared for riding the trails this summer. Skills stations will include what to bring on your bike (and how to pack it), first aid for bikers, how to fix a flat, and how to repair a broken chain. All teaching materials will be supplied, you are welcome to bring your own bike if you want to ask questions and practice with your set up. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a guardian. This event has been generously sponsored by The Hub bike shop.

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