Item: Snow science and safety for the mountain guide walter bruns
Title: Snow science and safety for the mountain guide walter bruns
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1996 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Canada
Authors: Canadian Mountain Holidays, Tel: (403) 762-7100, Fax: (403) 762-5879
Abstract: The safety of people in a winter, backcountry mountain environment is presented in terms of margins of security and margins of survival. The elements of a security determination are expanded on assessments of snow stability, hazard, and risk. Processes of reasoning by mountain guides in light of many uncertainties are outlined. Risk management is treated in terms of human psychology. Finally, tools affecting margins of survival are put into context with recent results of risk homeostasis theory.
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Keywords: snow stability, hazard, risk, survival
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