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Permanent Training Camp to locate avalance victims

There is a permanent training camp for the equipment used to locate avalance victims (LVS) at the Lizumerhütte

New safety initiative by the Hall Alpine Club
The Lizumer Hütte of the Hall Alpine Club in Wattental Valley now has its own, new and permanent avalanche transceiver training camp - a super service for avalanche and ski touring courses, lessons and training, for alpine sport enthusiasts, instructors, trainers (m/f), alpine association branches, mountain search and rescue teams, Alpine police, university sports institutes etc. The Alpine Club and the Mountain Rescue Service has also set up a new avalanche transceiver checkpoint near the Lizumer Hütte, at the starting point for numerous ski tours.

At the training camp, ski tourers and freeriders, snowshoe hikers, snowboarders (m/f) and interested parties can learn how to use the avalanche transceiver correctly with expert instruction and under realistic conditions. “It’s not right that ski tourers are often considered to be irresponsible or even criminal. However, those who practice off-piste activities must be fully aware of their responsibility toward themselves and to others. The offers provided by the Alpine Club to prevent avalanche events include information, training and courses,” exclaims Gerald Aichner, Chairman of the Austrian Alpine Association in Tyrol. Therefore, the Alpine Club in Hall has set up a permanent training field near the Lizumer Hütte, where search techniques can be practiced with the aid of avalanche transceivers.

Training facilities
The LVS training camp provides facilities for training people to locate avalance victims. Various avalanche-related scenarios can be recreated on the training site. Here everyone can go through how the LVS equipment is used on the spot – everything can be practised from simple situations to complicated multiple-avalanche occurrences.
Several LVS transmitters are buried in the snow at various depths on the training site at the Lizumerhütte. The LVS transmitters can be activated using a radio command from a control centre.
LVS testing probes
With LVS testing probes, the Tyrol’s Alpenverein and mountain rescue service seeks to heighten ski tourers’ awareness of hazards and their own responsibility. The effect of the appeal focuses firmly on the necessity to always carry LVS equipment that is modern and in working order. This is against the background of the fact that about one third of ski tourers still dispense with this standard emergency equipment.

Given prior notice, the LVS facilities can be used by anyone and by groups.

Enquiries and registration to the site’s manager, Sepp Partl (www.lizumerhuette.at)
Tel.: +43/5224-52111 or +43/664/1386 401 or info@lizumerhuette.at

Photos: Hall in Tirol Alpenverein

LVS training site at the Lizumerhütte in the Watten valley
Using the locating device