High Mountain Society

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High Mountain Society
Nongovernmental organization headquartered in Flag of the FSA.svg Federal States
Address 1 23rd Avenue, Dennison, Flag of Sierra.png Sierra
General Information
Year Founded 1889


The High Mountain Society is a nongovernmental organization involved in the research, management, conservation and monitoring of mountains, volcanoes and their unique ecosystems around the world. The HMS is based in Dennison, Federal States, and is one of the oldest and largest organizations in its field.

History

The High Mountain Society was founded in 1889. The founding of the HMS was propelled by the April 1882 eruption of Mount McInnes, which sent plumes and clouds of ash over 40km north east, covering Guerrero and Caldwell in ash. No government preparedness existed in this period, and volcanoes were not really understood in the state. Throughout the late 19th and 20th century, the HMS pushed for government protection of peaks and their surrounding area to protect them from mining and logging.

Purposes

The HMS is primarily involved in the efforts to research and conserve mountain and volcanoes. They have been heavily involved in ensuring protection of large swathes of natural land in Sierra, both for its conservation and the protection of its ecosystems. Within Sierra, and more recently in ???, they undertake monitoring of volcanoes for seismic and volcanic activity to prepare for potential eruptions. They have most recently been involved with the eruption and ongoing eruptive state of Kibsy Peak, Sierra's first eruption in eight years.

HMS sites and projects

Arecales

The HMS has been involved in volcano research in Arecales since the 1960s. HMS set up permanent research facilities on Fitchett Peak and Cagnet Peak following the destructive 1971 Cagnet Peak eruption. HMS has a regularly-manned post at the base of Fitchett Peak, and a second set of shacks near the crater rim. HMS had a shack close to the summit of Cagnet Peak, but was destroyed in the 1995 eruption and only a portion remains; monitoring of that volcano is done with remote equipment on the southern side.

Enchantment Peak

Due to its relative accessibility, the HMS has built and installed one of the highest weather stations in the world on Enchantment Peak (northern Sierra, FSA). It is a tripod with remote equipment for measuring temperature, wind speed, barometric pressure and other meteorological data. At an altitude of 6020m, it is not at the summit, but located at an area shielded from a lot of wind to attempt to prevent its destruction.

List of installations

Location Region Installation type Description Map
Flag of Sierra.png Sierra Dennison HMS headquarters Main offices Map
Flag of Sierra.png Sierra Cusatia County Remote weather station High elevation weather station on Enchantment Peak Map
Flag of Sierra.png Sierra Cusatia County Remote volcano monitoring station Remote station that monitors seismic activity and air quality/ashfall for ongoing Kibsy volcano eruption Map
Flag of Arecales 1.png Arecales Fitchett Island (Caya) Remote volcano monitoring station Field office for HMS scientists at the base of the Fitchett Peak volcano Map
Flag of Arecales 1.png Arecales Cagnet (Caya) Remote volcano monitoring station Remote station that monitors seismic activity and air quality/ashfall for Cagnet Peak Map
Flag of Arecales 1.png Arecales Windward Parish (Caraque) Remote volcano monitoring station Remote station that monitors seismic activity and air quality/ashfall for Miles Hill volcano Map
Bandiera na Barzona.png Barzona Conquela Field research office Field office for HMS scientists at the base of the Santa Eduvigis volcano Map