Item: The avalanche victim
Title: The avalanche victim
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1976 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Alberta
Authors: K. Williams
Abstract: "The victim is a male, 27 years old, has had several years of skiing or mountaineering experience, and didn't know an avalanche from a snowball." Thus we have a composite description of the typical American avalanche victim. Of course, not every victim will fit this profile, but, whatever his age or experience, he is making himself a "statistic" with increasing frequency -- 17 last winter, 22 the winter before, 13 the winter before that (Fig. 1). Considering that the long-term annual average for avalanche deaths in the United States is six (Williams, 1975a), this upward trend is alarming (Fig. 2). In this paper we will look at who tomorrow's avalanche victims are likely to be, what their chances of survival are, and how organized rescue groups can better prepare themselves for an avalanche emergency.
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Keywords: fatalities, victims, avalanche accidents, avalanche rescue
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