Beacon and Beers 2018 When: Wednesday December 5, 2018. Gathering around 6:00 p.m. order a beer and tell stories, head to the park when most are ready likely at 6:15. Where: Award winning South Perry Brewing, a stroll to Grant Park where it will be cold, then to The Lantern Taphouse for a debrief session, stories, beverage and some trivia. Why: We all need a reminder of how much left there is to learn each season. Who: Invite your friends! There is no registration or formal leadership for this event. This is a six degrees of separation event where friends invite friends, host their friends, and introduce friends to other new friends and learn from each other. Feel free to make invitations to your friends but you won't find this grassroots event listed far and wide. What: *disclaimer: this is not a formal avalanche instruction event, but a disorganized, peer to peer lead event where folks can share knowledge. There is no formal instruction, registration, leadership or certification, yet this grassroots gathering of fellow snow enthusiasts are looking to gear up for the season ahead and connect with other like minded folks. This event is not adequate for any avalanche related decision making, including how to conduct a beacon search. Please bring a beacon and an idea for a scenario that you will encounter this winter. After warming up we will head to the park and break into practice groups and run two to three drills depending on proficiency. Peer to peer education is the source of learning in this format, be sure to bring appropriate pocket beverages for warmth in the park. Remember to dress warm, bring a working headlamp & beacon for the park. If you have spare beacons it would be appreciated if you bring it along to share for those without. After the field practice we will return to The Lantern Taphouse for more stories, trip planning and a run at avalanche trivia. Based on the survey from the 2016 event (results here) and the 2017 event (results here) we are on the right track with the event format and content. Started in 2007 this annual social hour continues to grow and evolve. Big thanks to Bill and Deb Pierce for setting up and running an advanced multi-burial scenario to keep the experience insightful and challenging! As always Travis Nichols is a stud for helping make something like this happen in our community year after year.