Item: The growth of avalanche education in japan
Title: The growth of avalanche education in japan
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1992 International Snow Science Workshop, Breckenridge, Colorado, USA
Authors: Ryuzo Nitta and Charlie Ziskin
Abstract: The history of avalanche accidents involving Japanese alpinists and skiers is reviewed. The levels of avalanche awareness among Japanese alpinists are also discussed in an historical context. Development of avalanche education under the direction of the Japan Workers' Alpine Federation (JWAF) was stimulated by avalanche accidents during the winter of 1984-1985. A field curriculum was developed to address specific needs of Japanese climbers and to certify qualified instructors. Recently, public avalanche education was initiated on the northern island of Hokkaido, and the use of avalanche transceivers was introduced. Future developments include the production of a Japanese transceiver, use of Gaz-Ex avalanche control systems, training of avalanche dogs, and further growth of avalanche education programs throughout Japan.
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Keywords: gazex, rescue dogs, awareness, education programs
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