Scottish Avalanche Seminar

Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain is a two-day seminar being held by the Snow and Avalanche Foundation of Scotland (SAFOS) at EICA Ratho over the weekend of 29-30 October. It's relevant to anyone who ventures onto the hills in winter.

Glenshee Avalanche, 151 kb
Glenshee Avalanche
© donald lochnagar, Apr 2010

This series of lectures offers an opportunity for all winter mountain enthusiasts, skiers, boarders, climbers, walkers, mountain guides, instructors and other professionals to address the challenges that avalanche hazard in Scotland presents. What snowpack conditions are we faced with? How can we effectively manage decision making as enthusiasts, as rescue teams, as individuals and as commercial operators?

These topics and relevant experiences will be presented by: Stefan Harvey - WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, Switzerland; Ed Chard - Jagged Globe; climber Dave MacLeod; Mark Williams - Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Science, Liverpool John Moores University; Mark Diggins - SAIS Coordinator and John Allen MBE - Scottish Mountain Rescue. The seminar will also provide an opportunity for participants to discuss topics and issues relevant to all mountain users and enable a better understanding of the challenges that we face in avalanche terrain.

Avalanche debris, Glenshee, 102 kb
Avalanche debris, Glenshee
© donald lochnagar, Apr 2010

The cost of the seminar has been subsidised by the Pritchard family who lost their son Robert in an avalanche on Buachaille Etive Mor during the winter of 2009/10. Their wish is that as many mountain users as possible have the opportunity to further their understanding of avalanche hazard, and are able to continually enjoy, with greater awareness and safety, the beauty, adventure and pleasure that the Scottish highlands have to offer.

  • Saturday seminar and evening Lecture package £15
  • Dave MacLeod Saturday evening Lecture only £10
  • Sunday workshop £10

For more details see the SAIS website

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