Avalanche Hazard Evaluation; considerations for a Scottish snow pack

24/01/2020 - 24/01/2020

Nevis Range

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Avalanche Hazard Evaluation; considerations for a Scottish snowpack 

AMI day for trainee WMCI and full WMCI holders only. Please see workshops on 25/01/2020 and 14/02/2020 for holders of WML and above.

These days are funded by the Chris Walker Memorial Trust www.chriswalkertrust.co.uk and AMI.

Chris was a highly talented, accomplished and popular mountaineer who loved to share his enthusiasm, knowledge and skills with others. 

He already held the MIC, was a full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and no doubt would have fulfilled his life-long dream of becoming a British Mountain Guide. 

The trust offers funding to the BMG, AMI and MTA, to further their members’ and the public’s knowledge and understanding of avalanches and their hazards in the Scottish winter environment. 

This day provides a unique opportunity to benefit from SAIS forecasters experience and knowledge, offering insights from their work in respect of hazard evaluation, public forecasting and knowledge of the dynamics and challenges in a Scottish winter.

Venue: Nevis Range 

Rendezvous: Info sent out by Alan Kimber in advance of the day. Alan can be contacted on info@alankimber-mountaineering.co.uk.

Day workshop notes – Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain 

Plan for a mountain day with appropriate winter mountaineering equipment and lunch. Bring along something to write with. Avalanche transceiver, Probe and Shovel would also be useful, if you have them.

8:45 for 9:00 start

Welcome and Intro - Understanding Scottish Winter Challenges  

Overview of factors required to develop a hazard evaluation: 

  • Historical snowpack information 
  • Recent weather factors 
  • Deciding relevant field locations for field snow and avalanche observations. 
  • Human factors and its significance in decision making. 
  • Using the Be Avalanche Aware process 

10:30 - Break 

10:45 - Depart for hill using transport 

Using the Be Avalanche Aware process in the field:

  • Identifying relevant field observations during approach 
  • Snow structure relevance to hazard evaluation 
  • Considering Human factors 

Visual observation of terrain and slope shape and relevance to avalanche release. 

Identifying avalanche terrain exposure and potential impact in the field.

Field observations - relevance and use. 

16:00 - Return 


Determining the Avalanche Hazard

Summary 16:30 – Finish 

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Where And When

24/01/2020 08:45
24/01/2020 16:30
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Nevis Range
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