/ Very worthwhile article about 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...
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.
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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