Item: Repeated Mistakes by Avalanche Professionals
Title: Repeated Mistakes by Avalanche Professionals
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1994 International Snow Science Workshop, Snowbird, Utah, USA
- Douglas P. Richmond
Abstract: This presentation is a look at the historical record and-an attempt to help the assembled avalanche experts re-evaluate their own terrain, methods, and attitudes within this perspective. Many of the recorded incidents involve avalanche professionals. These show several recurring themes. Those incidents involving lack of experience and miscalculation of hazard are discussed briefly, but the emphasis is on the policy and attitude-related themes. These include: Unsafe control routes, Over-dependence on ski-cutting, Partner dynamics, Supervisor pressures. By evaluating his or her home situation in the context of these repeated mistakes, the avalanche professional may be able to make adjustments that reduce the risk of becoming another example in the avalanche accident records.
Language of Article: English
Keywords: slides, terrain, ski cutting, starting zones, snow stability
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