Monthly Archives: November 2010

How to NOT kill Yourself Snowshoeing

Descending Mount Matier

I remember borrowing a pair of crampons for my first ascent of Mount Baker in 1990, and the advice of the lender. “Make sure these thing fit” he said, “because if they come off and you’re on the ice you’re

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The (textual) shape of SAR in BC

SAR Word Cloud 2[4]

One of the first things I thought of when I took a look at the PEP incident summaries is that it would be interesting to do a word frequency visualization of the summaries themselves. Commonly referred to as “Tag Clouds”, a

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Snow patterns on the South Coast

The south coast of BC (an area encompassing the Fraser Valley, Sea to Sky and Sunshine Coast) is known for rain in the winter months, and with altitude, snow. A rule of thumb states that every 1000 feet of elevation

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On Avalanche accidents in BC


It’s winter, and for some people that means snow sports. For SAR teams that means avalanche training. Now, you might think that SAR teams train to rescue people from avalanches. This is not the case. The primary reason Search and

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The Shape of SAR in BC

SAR Member using a map

Looking through the thousands of SAR incidents in BC since 1999, I can see there are already some interesting questions to be asked and answered by this dataset, but before going forward there’s some information that might shed some light

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The InfoSAR project

Travel on lightly snow-covered rocks

Being a software engineer in real life, I deal with numbers and statistics a lot. For instance, when I write a program I often need to know how much memory it is using, and how fast it does it’s work.

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