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Category Archives: Search and Rescue
Sixty years ago, in January 1954, devastating avalanches swept across Austria’s Vorarlberg state. In a 48-hour period 388 avalanches were observed. The aftermath was disastrous; 270 burials resulting in 125 deaths, 55 houses and hundreds of farm buildings were destroyed, … Continue reading
Forty-seven years ago today a remarkable story of avalanche survival occurred in Scotland’s Cairngorm mountains. Though the story did not end well for two hikers, one man survived a 22-hour burial. Yes, 22 hours under the snow.
Part 2. Dealing with wet snow Compared to recreational adventurers, rescuers loose flexibility on when and where they must go. While avalanches are always formidable foes for rescuers, wet avalanches – as I wrote a couple of weeks ago – … Continue reading