Club Alpino Italiano (CAI) is a no profit, public administration with a total of more than 330.000 members. Aims of CAI are: the development of mountaineering activities, the protection of the mountain environment, the education and instruction of the technical skills necessary for a safe mountaineering practice. The many technical activities of CAI are organized in internal departments and commissions, among which:
· Servizio Valanghe italiano – SVI (Italian Avalanche Service), for studies on avalanches, avalanche risk management; it provides information about avalanche risk situations.
· Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino - CNSAS (Body of the National Mountain Rescue) devoted to search and rescue operations in mountains and caves, with more than 7.000 technicians active in Italy organized in about 250 rescue teams.
· Centro Studi Materiali e Tecniche – CSMT (Center for Mountaineering Safety), for studies and researches on the technical equipment for mountaineering activities and its proper use; a technical laboratory and some facilities are located in Padova, with updated instrumentation and equipment available for the research activities.
· Commissione Nazionale Scuole di Alpinismo, Scialpinismo e Arrampicata Libera – CNSASA (Mountaineering School Commission), devoted to the organization of mountaineering educational activities; about 6000 Instructors are active in the 187 Schools, with about 500 courses (9000 participants) organized every year.
Associazione Guide Alpine Italiane – AGAI (Italian Association of Alpine Guides), grouping the professional Alpine Guides operating in Italy.
The role of CAI in the "Sherpa" project is a potential end user of the results of the project with involvement in the early stages of the work, which should fuel the research group with the expected pattern from the platform and in the description of typical operating scenarios, and final stages for testing the results and support the research team with feedback on the demo.