Item: Avalanche safety and rescue in mountaineering
Title: Avalanche safety and rescue in mountaineering
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1976 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Alberta
Authors: P. Fuhrmann
Abstract: Recognizing the seriousness of the avalanche hazard, Parks Canada maintains an active public information program via the news media, pre-recorded telephone messages, public lectures to ski clubs, youth groups, Alpine clubs, etc., and via contacts made with back-country travelers when they register at sign-out points located throughout the Parks. The basic hazard forecast information is prepared and posted by the Warden Service. In dealing with the public, emphasis is placed on complete avoidance of avalanche paths (not on detailed methods for crossing avalanche paths, or on methods to out swim avalanches). Parks Canada has trained rescue manpower and avalanche dog teams, both supported by helicopter but also capable and fully equipped to travel on skis or foot, when necessary. As a member of IKAR (International Commission of Alpine Rescue), Parks Canada is working on the problem of standardization of avalanche rescue transceivers, and, in general, on updating safety and rescue procedures.
Keywords: safety, hazard, rescue, avalanche paths, forecast
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