Originally Posted by wizard1990
Sorry for the lack of detail in the first post, I hope the following points give you some context.
- My name is Rob
- I am an industrial design.engineering student from Australia.
- In my spare time (as a hobby) i like to design new products based around user needs.
- The project is in its absolute infancy, so their is no known target yet or equipment/aspect I've started to focus on yet. I'm simply trying to recognize patters and trends in the data I collect.
- The collected data is for nobody except for myself. I will use this data to form a basis of what area within backcountry travel/avalanche rescue i want to focus on.
I hope this answers your questions. Thankyou is you completed the survey.
Link would not save my answers. It gave me an error. I know now that you are an engineer and your mission in life is to build things that fix problems. What I see as the biggest need in the winter backcountry department is knowledge. The avy 1 class I took over a decade ago was just the tip of the iceberg. It is valuable information, but in many cases, it is just enough knowledge to embolden the would be victim. For example, I am in Colorado, we have had a series of fronts with varied amounts of snow on old October snow. In addition, this week we had a 30-60 mph wind event for three days. With years of experience I would not have set foot in the backcountry on Wednesday, but while I was driving up to the hill Wednesday, there were (I'm sure knowledgeable) people gearing up to go into the backcountry with considerable to high avalanche warnings on the average statewide and pockets of extreme warnings in southern parts of the state and on predominantly NE aspects over much of the state. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center was asking people to not be in the backcountry at all the first part of the week. You can't fix that. Your survey is directed at the rescue aspects. I would be interested to hear what you have in mind. Drop us some details after the data is in. My best guess is that having a 40 year old working the beacon and a 20 year old working the shovel is your best chance.