After several serious avalanches in recent years, DNT Skredvettdag arranges 12 places in the country.
The goal is, according to the association, to give all the hassle-free knowledge needed for safe winter experiences.
– Winter hikes have become a popular sport. The equipment is getting better and it opens up for more people to test it out. But traffic in the winter mountains also places high demands. We see that there are many who need both an introduction and a refreshment of knowledge, says Dag Terje Klarp Solvang, Secretary General of DNT.
The idea of a special avalanche day came in Tromsø, where the background was a desire to reach a larger audience.
– Skredvett is not just about driving in alpine terrain, but about making good assessments and choices both before and during the trip, says Tim Dassler, initiator of the mountain sports group in Troms Turlag.
Several people travel in the mountains
– There has been an explosive increase in people in the mountains in recent years. There are many more who walk in steep terrain than before, says Solveig Kosberg, watchman at the avalanche warning.
At the same time, there have also been several serious avalanche accidents in recent years, including the slipway in the Tamok Valley in January, which required four lives.
Since 2008, 71 people have lost their lives in landslide accidents in Norway, according to the survey to varsom.no . The worst year was winter 2010–2011 when 13 people died.
– When it is winter, then there will be varying degrees of avalanche risk. With an increasing number of people on steep terrain, the father will increase accordingly, says Kosberg. She emphasizes that after the avalanche warning was introduced seven years ago, the number of fatal accidents has not increased in line with the number of people who are out in the mountains.
Getting an introduction to avalanche and mountain first aid
DNT’s event has already taken place in Tromsø, Jølster, Eikedalen, Bodø, Hornindal, Ørsta, Meråker, Årdal, Sirdal and Rana. Now Budor and Molde stand for a walk.
On the Skredvettdag, the participants bring along a demonstration of rescue in sledge with Norwegian Rescue Dogs and Norwegian People’s Aid, beeper competition and fast course in mountain first aid. For the smallest, it is an avalanche search and digging competition.
– Winter tours are suitable for everyone, and therefore it is important and correct to establish good turbulence early. Bring your children to learning and conversing around safe traffic and avalanches. They think knowledge is exciting, and one should also not ignore the fact that the smallest can have a good influence on the adults when the trip is to be planned, adds General Secretary Klarp Solvang.