Statistics show that in the event of an avalanche accident a buried victim has between fifteen to twenty minutes to be recovered alive. Although the emergency services are excellent at recovering those unfortunate enough to be caught in an avalanche, they cannot always be relied upon to mobilise within this small window. It is therefore essential to be able to carry out a self contained rescue.
For an introduction to avalanche search and rescue we spoke to British snowboard Instructor Roddy Clarke who has been working in the Alps for HAT mountain safety for six years and is a director of Pro Snowboarding Val d'Isere.
Activities: Mountaineering | Skiing | Snowboarding
Suppliers of: Avalanche Safety Kit | Off Piste equipment