Snow and Avalanche Foundation of Scotland (SAFOS) Lecture Seminar

Cornice Aonach Mor This event is taking place at EICA RATHO in Edinburgh on the weekend of the 24th and 25th October and is a great opportunity to address the challenges that avalanche hazard in Scotland presents.

What snow conditions are we faced with? How can we manage ourselves in mountain terrain? How can we best understand the messages and information about avalanche hazard that we present or receive? What can we learn from others about ourselves and how we understand and interpret messages? What solutions can we develop to best present the avalanche hazard message and avalanche hazard understanding for the Scottish mountains.

These topics and relevant experiences will be presented by Grant Statham Parks Canada Avalanche Risk specialist, Stephan Harvey WSL institute for Snow and Avalanche Research Switzerland, Johan Årnegard - University of Stockholm, Drod Tunstall Creative Director Regenics and Mark Diggins Scottish Avalanche Information Service.

Presentations will also be given by The Met Office and the national outdoor training centres; Glenmore Lodge and Plas Y Brenin.

Grant Staham will also be giving a presentation on 'Wilderness Adventures in Western Canada' on Saturday evening at 7:30pm at a cost of £10.

Outline of the Programme

Saturday 24th Oct- 10:00- 17:00

Topics covered:
  • Scottish winter challenges.
  • The ‘Be Avalanche Aware’ initiative.
  • Experiences of avalanche education from abroad and in the UK.
  • What type of people go into the mountains.
  • Understanding how people behave and react. Break out group session
Sunday 25th Oct - 9:00- 12:30

The workshop will cover:
  • Solutions for presenting avalanche hazard information and education.
  • Effective tools for helping and influencing decision making.
  • Progressing the ‘Be Avalanche Aware Initiative’.


Saturday- £35 (lunch included)
Sunday- £10
Saturday evening presentation- £10

Bookings can be made via the website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/avalanche-hazard-in-scotland-gettingthe-message-tickets-18490409312

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