Awareness, Module 4 - Risk Management
Module Description - Risk Management
Course Overview - Registration
This is the fourth and final module of the General Avalanche Awareness Class developed and supported by AlpenPro and offered here in the Avalanche Institute. This module covers risk management - some basic safe travel protocols, safety equipment and rescue, trip planning, and decision making.
This module is based on the Level 1 course, and is to some extent a small subset of that. The additional topics in Level 1 are
described at the end of the module for those that are interested.
In our Level 1 Avalanche Course each of these factors - safe travel and equipment, rescue, decision making, and planning - have their own extensive modules which go into much more detail. Our Climbers Class discusses these factors specifically within spring conditions and specifically for climbing (which often involves safe travel trade-offs not common to other activities).
- List safety measures for traveling in avalanche terrain
- Know what the three basic safety equipment items are
- Know what to do if caught in an avalanche
Small Party Self-Rescue
- Know the three phases of a beacon search
- Know what the three types of probing are and when to use each
- Describe some potential dangers to rescuers
- List some considerations after the initial rescue from the snow
- Identify and locate appropriate planning resources
- Assess the skills of a group, or specify requirements for a given trip
- Plan a suitable day trip given conditions and a set of group members
- List important and unimportant factors for avalanche related decisions
- Understand the importance of and need for decision support frameworks
- Know the difference between protocols and judgement
- Be able to apply the following decision making tools:
- Bullseye information filtering
- The Avalanche Triangle and the Red/Yellow/Green light method
- Checklist methods: ALPTruth, etc
This module puts together the content of the previous three and applies that to risk management - how to minimize your risk and what to do if all else fails and somebody gets caught. The general topics are:
- How to Travel Safely
- Small Party Self-Rescue
- Planning a Safe Trip
- Decision Making
These topics span four modules in the Level 1 course.
- Safe Travel Protocols
- Basic Safety Gear
- What to do if Caught
- Beacon Search Overview
- Types of Probing
- Rescuer Safety
- After the Initial Rescue
- Identifying and Locating Resources
- Planning a Day Trip
- Important Factors
- Decision Support Frameworks
- Protocol vs. Judgment
- Specific Decision Support Tools
- Red/Yellow/Green and the Triangle
- Case Studies
- Module Summary
- Evaluation and Feedback
Human and technical Resources
This awareness course is not designed to require the kind of human resources our Level 1 course and Climbers course involve. All assessments in this course are online and instantly checked automatically, nothing is ever submitted to any instructor.
This module has limited access to human resources but full technical support. There are some limited ways to contact an instructor and to interact with other students.
You can find tools for human interaction in "Module 0", including forums where you can post comments or questions for any part of this course. Each module has a Dropbox feature for sending files to anyone currently in the course.
While we provide minimal instructional human resources we do want to address any technical questions or problems as quickly as possible. In this case contact us using the Dropbox or on the forum.
There are quizzes incorporated into this course which allow students to check their understanding of the material. Quizzes may be taken as many times as desired, either to obtain a higher score or to attempt to ultimately get a perfect score.
Quizzes are all taken and scored online automatically.
Successful completion of this module requires taking all assessments but there are no minimum score requirements to continue to the next step in the learning path.