Last week I asked you to guess what the giant inflatable dome might be used for (it was a pop-up planetarium BTW!).
But can you guess what the picture below is of?
At a first glance it looks like a giant ‘cat litter’ tray!
But actually it used at Glenmore Lodge (the Scottish National Outdoor Training Centre) to teach about avalanche search and rescue techniques. Hidden underneath several hundred tones of wood chip (to simulate snow) are avalanche receivers. Trainees can practice locating the different receivers using their own transceivers that are set to, ‘find’. Trainees and Rescue Teams can also practice search techniques using avalanche probes.
Avalanche awareness, avoidance, search and rescue techniques is part of the pretty much any winter mountaineering course at Glenmore Lodge. I’ll be working on a few weekend courses over the winter as well as doing some of my own independent work. If you would want to find out more about Scottish Winter Walking and / or Winter Mountaineering I would definitely recommend a course at the Lodge – it’s a world class training facility with well qualified and world class instructional & support staff.
You can also access some up-to-date avalanche information here.