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Avalanche Awareness Quiz

Avalanche Awareness Quiz

AVALANCHE AWARENESS - HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW???

Winter is here and if you have plans to head into the backcountry its time to test yourself on Tim’s quiz…answers at the bottom

  1. Most slab avalanches happen on slopes between which angles?
  2. When the Avalanche Advisory is on which danger rating do most avalanche fatalities occur?
  3. How can Wind Slab avalanche danger be recognised while in the backcountry?
  4. What is the best indicator of the presence of avalanche danger? 
  5. How many other avalanche danger indicators can you name?
  6. How many types of snow grains can you name?
  7. If you are buried in an avalanche in the backcountry, after how long does your probability of survival drop below 20%
  8. Who are you therefore relying on for your rescue?
  9. What is the most time consuming part of an avalanche rescue?
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Avalanche Awareness Quiz answers…
  1. 30 - 45 degrees
  2. Considerable
  3. Evidence of past and present wind direction - blowing snow, cornices, appearance of snow surface - smooth pillow, hollow drum-like sounds and/or shooting cracks, whumpfing, changes in surface snow hardness...
  4. Recent avalanches
  5. Signs of instability, whoompfing, cracking, pinwheeling, current of previous wind, recent rain or snow, rapid temperature increases... 
  6. The IACS International Classification for Seasonal Snow on the Ground (Fierz and Others, 2009) identifies 9 basic classifications and 37 sub-classes of snow grains
  7. 35 minutes
  8. Your travel partners
  9. Digging

How did you do ? 

Score 1-4  : Don’t go anywhere until you have done an Avalanche Awareness Course
Score 5-8 : not bad…. But still a bit to learn, maybe a Backcountry Avalanche Course
Score 8-9/9 : Top notch – ever considered becoming a guide?



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