Category Archives: Avalanche Safety

Blending rational and intuitive decisions

It did happen to me many times. Whether I was part of an expedition in a remote corner of Greenland or just touring with my friends around Chamonix, there was at least one person in the group who had a … Continue reading

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Low risk and high consequences in the Cosmique couloir

The Cosmique couloir is one of the classic Chamonix ski descents: 800 m long, steep, sustained, and constantly very exposed. Although in the past it was considered extreme skiers only territory, today’s insane Chamonix standards have progressively pushed people’s limits … Continue reading

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Gear review – Snowpulse Airbag

Rucksacks with an airbag system are designed to increase the chances of survival if you are caught in an avalanche. They contain an airbag that is inflated with a pressurized gas canister. If you are about to be caught in … Continue reading

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Simpler the process, richer the experience

My friend Daniele and I learn through experience, and like to share what we learn. We are inspired by wild landscapes, and excited by the opportunity to experience the planet by foot, bicycle, snowboard, rope, sailing boat, kayak, or any … Continue reading

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Winter at full speed

When at the beginning of December I made the wish about a very cold winter season full of precipitations, I would have never thought Mother Nature would have listened to me and responded so quickly. Once somebody said to me: … Continue reading

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Avalanche Safety – Hazard evaluation and forecasting

If at some stage you decided to start (there is a good chance you won’t finish it) reading a proper book, written by proper avalanche professionals about avalanche safety, these are the definitions you will encounter. Avalanche hazard evaluation is … Continue reading

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Avalanche Safety – Travelling in avalanche terrain

Among all the numerous skills and incredible amount of knowledge required to correctly forecast, assess and deal with avalanche hazard, being able to read terrain features and therefore recognize avalanche terrain is certainly the most important one. In other words, … Continue reading

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Avalanche Safety – The mountain snowpack

Welcome to Avalanches 101. What is an avalanche? Avalanches come in all shapes, sizes and forms and similar to the snow crystals they are composed of, no two slides are exactly alike.  They may contain dry snow, wet snow, ice, … Continue reading

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Avalanche Safety – Introduction

Although in my posts I often make quick references to snowpack stability and consequent avalanche danger, I recently realised that so far I haven’t been writing anything about avalanche assessment and forecasting, by far THE most relevant aspect when travelling in the backcountry. It’s … Continue reading

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