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Online avalanche learning

Friday 28th January 2022, 12:26pm

A free training resource is available to help hillwalkers, climbers, mountaineers and skiers understand and avoid avalanche dangers in the hills.

Aimed at individuals making critical decisions in the winter mountains, the free digital version of the ‘Be Avalanche Aware’ planning tool is clear and easy to follow, equipping people travelling in mountain terrain with practical information and advice to make them more aware of the avalanche risks and the factors that influence their own planning and journey decision making.

The online avalanche awareness training initiative has been created by The Snow and Avalanche Foundation of Scotland (SAFOS), with development support from member organisations Mountain Training Scotland and Glenmore Lodge.

Chair of SAFOS Olly Stephenson said: “We know that the key to avalanche avoidance lies in the decisions that get made along the way. We are delighted to be able to offer this free online learning tool to support people in their planning and journeys.

“This initiative continues our work from the now established Be Avalanche Aware tool and will further support an area of decision making that needs structure and insight. With the right planning and choices, Scotland’s winter mountains will offer a lifetime of reward.”

SAFOS is an independent advisory body, originally formed in 2001, and represent a range of organisations with interests and expertise related to snow and avalanches in Scotland. It is the leading body of its kind within the UK and facilitates unique collaboration opportunities between independent members, outdoor bodies, academic institutions, and forecast services.