Item: Shoveling education at work: a case study. success story on mt. proctor, bc
Title: Shoveling education at work: a case study. success story on mt. proctor, bc
Proceedings: Proceedings Whistler 2008 International Snow Science Workshop September 21-27, 2008
Authors: Mr. Todd Weselake, Janina Kuzma, Bruce Edgerly, Ian Bezubiak.
Abstract: It may sound fundamental, but shoveling education is an important new frontier in avalanche education. Teaching shoveling techniques can make the difference between life and death when students are involved in a rescue-especially when the burial is deep. A success story near Fernie, British Columbia illustrates that learning to shovel properly can indeed save a life. In this case, a 23-year-old snowboarder was recovered alive after a large slab avalanche buried him two meters deep. The rescuers attribute their successful rescue to an extremely fast beacon search and the shoveling techniques they learned one month before in a recreational avalanche course. This case study provides evidence that shoveling education truly pays off in recreational avalanche courses.
Presenters: Ian Bezubiak. , Ian Bezubiak.
Keywords: shovels, probes, transceivers, strategic shoveling, avalanche rescue, excavation