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SUMMIT MAGAZINE

Dangerous avalanche conditions in the Alps warn experts

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23/02/2017

Sarah Stirling talks to British and Swiss avalanche experts to find out why ski touring and ice climbing is particularly dangerous in the Alps at the moment, and how you can stay as safe as possible.
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SUMMIT MAGAZINE

The avalanche forecaster: "I wouldn't recommend being avalanched to anyone"

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18/01/2017

In the first of six articles on the people who make the British winter, avalanche forecaster Kathy Grindrod describes what her job entails - and how a close shave in the past helped to sharpen her knowledge.
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ACCESS & CONSERVATION

Avalanche auguries: the first SAIS report of the season

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15/12/2016

The wizardry involved in reading the portents of avalanches can be complex and sometimes even hazardous. With winter season nearly upon us, and with it the daily avalanche reports from the SAIS, we try and lift the veil on the dark arts of avalanche forecasting.
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SUMMIT MAGAZINE

Avalanche forecaster's tips on staying safe in Scottish winter

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10/03/2016

So far there have been two very distinct parts to the winter, says Mark Diggins, senior avalanche forecaster at the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS). He explains what the SAIS do, and offers some tips on staying safe for the remainder of the season.
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INTERNATIONAL

Storm on Annapurna prompts blizzard of promises

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28/10/2014

The death toll from mid October’s snowstorm in the Annapurna region now stands at 43, after rescue teams recovered the bodies of three Nepalis from the Thorung La last week. In the shadow of Nepal’s worst tourism tragedy, the authorities are promising a radical overhaul of how trekking is practised there. But will anything really change? Ed Douglas reports.
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INTERNATIONAL

Death toll passes 39 as freak snowstorms hit Annapurna region

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15/10/2014

Heavy and unexpected snowfall struck Nepal on Tuesday as Cyclone Hudhud wreaked havoc in South Asia. With communications down and trails blocked by snow, the situation is still confused and information patchy. For those with family or friends in the area, there is an effort online to share information about missing trekkers and climbers.
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INTERNATIONAL

Three Chamonix-based pros killed in two South American avalanches

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03/10/2014

It's been a sobering week for the mountaineering community, as news broke that three Chamonix-based snowsport pros - Andreas Fransson originally from Sweden, J P Auclair from Canada, and American Liz Daley - died in two separate avalanche incidents on Monday.
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SKILLS

Be avalanche aware: new free advice download

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19/02/2014

Are you avalanche aware? Stack the odds in your favour by reading this new leaflet from the Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service. This essential reading outlines the decision-making process and fundamental considerations of assessing avalanche hazards.
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INTERNATIONAL

Is there a dangerous snow season ahead in the Alps?

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02/01/2014

Sarah Stirling talks to British, French and Swiss avalanche experts to find out why winter has not got off to a good start in the Alps, and how you can stay as safe as possible.
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SKILLS

My close shave with an avalanche

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18/11/2013

Ever wondered what it's like to be avalanched? We interviewed Neil Johnson - British Mountain Guide and presenter of the BMC Winter Lectures - to find out more.
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