/ Very worthwhile article about avalanche awareness

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morbh - on 15 Feb 2013
I'm not sure if this is the correct forum or if the BMC one or indeed HillTalk would be better, but I would like to publicise the attached article by Andy Nelson in the "Hills Skills" section of the BMC website: http://www.thebmc.co.uk/hill-skills-avalanche-awareness

This article was brought to my attention by Heavy (whom many will already have know, or if not may recognise from his robust rebuttal of Dorothy-Grace Elders standpoint on the Call Kaye program on RScotland yesterday morning)

Andy's article contains a lot of good info & makes easy reading for all of us who venture out on the hills in winter...
Slugain Howff - on 15 Feb 2013
In reply to morbh:

Good article. I like this approach where the whole picture is taken into account and you gather information and interpret on the hoof - in the past perhaps too much emphasis was placed on digging a pit to evaluate the slope.

S
Simon Caldwell - on 16 Feb 2013
In reply to Slugain Howff:
> in the past perhaps too much emphasis was placed on digging a pit to evaluate the slope.

That's what I was taught 20 years ago. I was surprised when I did a refresher course a couple of years back that the digging of pits is no longer recommended (at least, not the digging of a single pit at the beginning of the day). We dug several pits, on the same aspect, a few metres apart, and even in the very stable conditions we had, got remarkably different results.

As you say, continual reassessment wass the current recommendation.

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