End Of the Avalanche Daily Service weekend only from now on ? Lessons learned from a long winter.

SAIS Scottish Avalanche Information Service – End of Season – 2013

The Avalanche Forecast ended last Sunday and what a great service we have. There have been several tragedies this winter with at least 8 people have lost their lives in avalanches. Yet how many more would it have been without the efforts of the wonderful Scottish Avalanche Information Service?.Few really know what effort goes into this wonderful service we have in Scotland and the work of those who go out in the depths of winter.  I thank them for all their efforts it has been a long winter and it is not over yet. Please be aware of failing ice and cornices while the heat returns to the mountains and milder weather takes a grip.  It has been a wonderful winter though with so many special days. I am sure there may be a few lessons how to get the message out of the dangers that lurk and make this great sport of mountaineering so special.  I have taken a piece from the Last Avalanche information.

Daily Avalanche Information Reports will end on Sunday 14th April 2013.

Weekend Avalanche Information reports will be issued thereafter for Northern Cairngorms, Southern Cairngorms, Lochaber, Glencoe and Creag Meagaidh commencing friday 19th April 2013.

During week days we would recommend the following:

Avalanche hazard considerations should always be part of any winter hill goers daily plans and we would recommend that climbers, walkers and off-piste skiers currently venturing into the hills, continue to note snow and weather conditions in respect of any potential avalanche hazard. Be prepared to modify your plans accordingly.

Future forecast provision requirements will be assessed on an ongoing basis according to weather and snowpack conditions and other factors.

This from Davy Gunn’s Blog – this is an incredible article on the Risks of Avalanches and the decision making involved by skiers and mountaineers in winter.

Avalanches and Uncertainty

It is a great article  it ends with this statement

“Having a blue bird day, or up for it then the glass half full person will go for it. Sadly they might end up with the glass all empty and smashed.  It’s a bit of a gamble and the more times you roll the dice the more chance you won’t be needing your old age pension. 50/50 isn’t odds, its worse than Russian Roulette!”


About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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