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NOTHING HAPPENS… most of the time

16 July 2021

ORTOVOX Free Touring Image The number of avalanche accidents, injuries and deaths last season went far beyond the averages for France, Switzerland and the USA. It was one of the worst seasons in fifty years for those countries. Other countries are likely to report similar statistics. From a technical point of view, the reasons for […]

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ORTOVOX & HAT Virtual Tour: Talks and Webinars 2020-21 brief overview

25 June 2021

This video gives a glimpse at how we adapted the ORTOVOX / HAT 2020-21 Tour of events to both the unique COVID situation, and to the dangerous, (in a number of countries, tragic) winter sports season.  By October 2020, it had become clear that I would not be unable to travel to do the ‘Tour’ in Europe. […]

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Rapid warming, rain and wet snow avalanches

3 February 2021

A common misconception about avalanche accidents is that they’re mainly related to rising temperatures. When I ask people about when and where they think most avalanche accidents occur, they nearly always reply ‘In Spring, on South facing slopes’. It’s an understandable theory because these wet snow avalanches can be frequent, spectacular and destructive. However, as […]

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Avalanche Rescue Val d’Isère Chemins des Côves ‘The Avalanche Path’ today: a quick written & video summary

28 January 2021

4 people on snowshoes taken in a natural avalanche today around 13h. 3 partially buried – minor injuries. 1 person buried for over two hours; he was found miraculously alive. Chances of survival under snow drop below 50% after 30 mins, thus the importance of autonomous ‘companion search and rescue’ with avalanche transceivers ,shovels and […]

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I trusted my intuition even when it was wrong

27 January 2021

On this evening’s webinar event, “Recent avalanche accidents, Are the victims unlucky? Or were the accidents predictable?“ My heart is heavy with all the avalanche accidents and deaths over the last few days in the Northern French Alps and in parts of Switzerland not too far away. I’m thinking of the victims, their families and […]

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