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Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference 2019

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Rydges Latimer

30 Latimer Square

Christchurch, Canterbury 8011

New Zealand

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The Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference (SHAC) is back in 2019. SHAC occurs every two years and is the only event of its kind in the southern hemisphere, bringing together snow safety professionals, commercial snow and alpine organisations, guiding companies and industry influencers for two days of collaboration. SHAC will provide you with the opportunity to engage with key industry professionals and decision makers helping to shape the future of alpine snow safety.

The SHAC has three key objectives

  1. To provide a platform for people interested in alpine snow environments to share ideas, network and enhance their knowledge and practical skills

  2. To build strong partnerships that connect our alpine community together, and

  3. To generate opportunities to develop future strategies and collaborations that help more people stay safe in the outdoors.

17 June: NZ Avalanche Search and Rescue Seminar

18 & 19 June: Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference

SHAC Programme

A diverse programme will engage delegates in a mix of interactive sessions: plenary/keynotes and presentations to share ideas and thought leadership, practical workshops to develop new skills and enhanced capabilities, and panel discussions that provide a platform for exchange and debate.

Current Confirmed Speakers (11/04/19)

Mark Sedon - When to put a persistent weak layer to bed

Also our Alpine Gala Dinner guest speaker, presenting 21st Century Exploration

Peter Bilious - So What? Choosing, Interpreting and Prioritising Field Tests and Observations

Anna Easthope - Avalanche Dog team on site, what to expect and how to get the most from this resource

Kevin Fogolin - Assessment, Development and Implementation of an Avalanche Risk Management Program at Lotte Arai Resort, Japan

Kevin Boekholt - Lessons learnt on the Job. An insight into common mistakes guides make!

Malin Zachau - Hypothermia prevention and management in Avalanche victims

Representative from Natural Hazard Control Solution - Avalanche Risk Mitigation: Thinking about Remote Avalanches Control Systems

Stephen Hunter - Successful live finds with search dogs after long burial times

Kevin Thompson - Milford Road Risk Management – Sharing is caring!

Peter Zimmer - ICAR and LandSAR – the value in belonging

Tod Redpath - How good will the skiing be next winter? Sensitivity of snow seasons in the Otago Mountains to climate variability

Keynote speaker to be confirmed

New Zealand Search and Rescue Seminar - Monday 17 June

This interactive seminar with leading industry experts combines presentations, workshops and practical sessions to foster knowledge, share best practice and enhance skills across New Zealand’s search and rescue sector.

SHAC Alpine Gala Dinner

7pm Tuesday - Join conference delegates, presenters and our international guests for a social evening of fine food and fascinating stories. An opportunity to catch up with friends and share a laugh before scattering across NZ for another winter season.

Alpine Gala Speaker - Mark Sedon - 21st Century Exploration

Mark Sedon of Lake Hawea will talk on his recent two-month kite and climbing expedition to Antarctica. Accompanied by Leo Houlding (UK) and Jean Burgun (France) the trio climbed one of the most remote mountains on Earth; Mt Spectre in the Gothic Range of the Transantarctic Mountains. They travelled over 2,000km with loads nearing 200kgs each! It’s thought to be the first time anyone has done this style of expedition in Antarctica, using kites to access the mountains.

SHAC Alpine Exhibition

A wide range of exhibitors will be showcasing the latest alpine products, equipment and services, and offering a series of mini-workshops during the conference.

SHAC Exhibitors


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Conference Partners

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Department of Conservation - The Kiwi way of life is inseparable from our nature. The natural places we enjoy for holidays and recreation are the backdrop to our lives and a central part of what attracts millions of visitors to New Zealand each year. DOC manages an extensive network of huts, tracks and campsites that spans the length and breadth of the country. We work to ensure people can access meaningful, valued and safe outdoor experiences that enrich their lives.

Partnering across the safety sector to deliver this conference is important; as more people venture into the outdoors we think there is incredible value in working together to ensure every person has the tools and knowledge to have safe and enjoyable experiences. We will have more success in achieving that together, using the likes of this conference as a platform.


New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) Council - has a mandate from the New Zealand government to provide strategic leadership to the New Zealand Search and Rescue Sector.

We help improve the overall co-ordination, cohesion, capability and leadership of search and rescue by working alongside the key organisations and individuals providing search and rescue services throughout New Zealand.

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MetService - MetService is New Zealand's weather authority, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Metservice aims to support safety of life and property, and create wealth from weather for New Zealanders, shareholders and customers. MetService is New Zealand's only authorised provider of severe weather information, distributed through its system of outlooks, watches and warnings.

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