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Avalanche Survival

AVALANCHE SURVIVAL INFO Less snow often means a About 1/3 of avalanche victims are killed by trauma in the fall. Having an airpocket to breathe from should give you about 30 minutes of oxygen. higher risk of avalanche. 15 30 60 MINUTES MINUTES MINUTES After 30 minutes, chances of survival fall to 45%. After an hour, survival chances fall to between The best chance of survival is within the first 15 minutes of 10% and 20%. getting buried. People are 90% more likely to survive if found in this time period. DECEMBER JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH 2/3 of avalanche fatalities were not carrying a beacon. Snowboarders and skiers Avalanche deaths are most account for around 45% of avalanche deaths. likely to occur in Dec-Mar, with January being the highest. Average deaths per year in U.s. tttttttttt tttt 14 Average deaths per year in Canada. CO, MT, UT, AK, WA, ID,WY, and CA. These are the states most likely to have avalanche fatalities. Out of theses CO has the highest UT third most etc..with CA the lowest out of these states. 88% of fatalities, MT has second most, 88% of victims are male. REP 25° SCOUT THE AREA WEATHER PLAYS A ROLE MEASURE THE ANGLE Scout out the area you're riding. Ask local avalanche centers what the risk Measure the angle of the slopes and snowpack of that day. Avalanches cannot occur on slopes that are less than 25 to 30 degrees. Weather, sun, temperature, wind, the angle of the mountain's slope, and snowpack conditions all play a role. is the day that you go out. Only 1% of avalanche experts get caught in avalanches. 1OOLS BEACON Allows partners to transmit and receive radio signals to and from their partners locations to get you closer to the victim stuck in the snow. Make sure to activate it before you head out for the day. PROBE Probes allow people to pinpoint the exact spot a person is in the snow. It does this by receiving signals from the beacon after being plunged into the snow. Can help to pinpoint the exact location of victims after beacon brings you to the area. SHOVEL Digs almost 5 times faster than hands. Shovels are essential to getting victims out with a better chance of survival. FLOATATION AIR BAGS Air bags attached to a backpack. Expands at the pull of a cord and allows you to remain near the surface of the falling snow. URVIVAL Attempt to move upwards or sideways to avoid getting caught in the drift. Drop your ski poles, pack and equipment to prevent getting dragged downwards. You want to be as light and buoyant as possible to float upwards in the snow. Roll to your back with your feet pointed downhill. Swim the backstroke as best as possible and try to head uphill. Once the snow sets, create an Spit to determine which way Take a deep breath right before the snow settles. It will expand your chest and give you more space to breathe once you exhale. airpocket for room to breathe. you are facing. STAY, ANB C- CALM Wait for HELP. The more you move and yell, the more oxygen and energy you burn. It's best to remain as calm as you can. OTHE-HOUSE.COM WORLD'S LARGEST SELECTIONS OF OUTDOOR GEAR 1 (800) 409-7669 Sources: http://www.wikihow.com/SurviveanAvalonche https://ovalanche. stote.co.u/ace/ace_stah.php http://www.ncbi.rlm.nih.gov/pmc/artides/PMC2645441/ htp://www.ortofmanlines.com/2011/12/14/howtosurvivoanavalanche/ http://www.pbs.org/woakandaxplorer/utah/alkmoadows/alkquiz.htm http://arfides latimes.com/2012/fab/21/nafion/lanannavalanche20120220 http://utchovelanchecenter.org/cvalanchestats

Avalanche Survival

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Essentials to surviving an avalanche, provided by The House Outdoor Gear. Tips and gear you should have when hiking in states that have high avalanche fatalities.

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