SAM 3D

Safety Academy Mountain 3D

WE BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THEORY AND PRACTICE!

The SAFETY ACADEMY MOUNTAIN 3D has been created as the sum of a large number of mountains with countless variables and properties. Based on 3D models, you will learn in an entertaining way the basics of tour planning, risk management, recognizing danger signals and avalanche assessment. Whether you are planning a short ski tour on your local mountain or an adventurous tour in the Western Alps. Based on the model, individuals or small groups can learn about almost all of the core content involved in avalanche assessment step by step, and subsequently clearly illustrate and recognize more complex relationships.

Kurt Walde, seasoned mountain guide and mountain guide trainer in South Tyrol, recognized the gap and, with loving attention to detail, developed a wooden model of the mountain that combined the most relevant mountain shapes. Information that is difficult to understand can be illustrated easily on the SAFETY ACADEMY MOUNTAIN 3D – in particular on training courses for beginners. Together with Kurt, we developed a HANDBOOK that addresses complex questions which can be resolved by the participants or the trainer with the help of the mountain.

AVALANCHE FACTOR EXERCISE

TERRAIN/SLOPE STEEPNESS

  1. Guess the slope steepness and transfer your guess onto the model. 
  2. Now measure the actual slope steepness with the Snowcard or using a smartphone and transfer the results. 
  3. Check the current avalanche bulletin and mark the slopes that should be avoided today on the model.

AVALANCHE FACTOR EXERCISE

WEATHER/WIND

  1. Read the current avalanche bulletin and define the prevailing wind direction. Mark the slopes that are obviously exposed to the prevailing wind (don’t mark the turbulence). 
  2. Discuss the influence of wind direction on slopes that weren’t directly exposed to

EXERCISE

TOUR PLANNING

  1. Look at the attached topographical map of the SAFETY ACADEMY MOUNTAIN 3D in and drae the safest route to the summit. 
  2. Transfer the areas shown as dangerous by the current avalanche bulletin onto the map and mark areas with a tick, others with a cross. 
  3. Using your findings from exercise II, check and correct your route from exercise I as appropriat.

Order & delivery

  • 3D mountain model 
  • Handbook 
  • Topographical map 
  • Clinometer (ruler) 
  • 4 dry-wipe markers

Our  Safety Academy Mountain 3D learning tool aims especially for mountaineering schools and professionals. The complete kit is available for order via our retailers. 

SAM 3D Handbook

All learning content and exercises for further reading