Avalanche Beacon, Probe and Shovel

Each winter and spring climbers, skiers and snowmobile users are involved in snow avalanches and rescues. The conditions are simply a mass of snow and a slope. With varying temperatures, the snow pack loosens and breaks free. Snow slips on an incline of any surface when a slight melting occurs, causing lubrication from the water. A small scale example is commonly seen on the roof of a house. It is common to see small sections of snow break free and sag and slip down the roof. If you examine this small-scale phenomenon on you may notice how layers of snow break free and slip. This is the principle behind a large-scale version. It is important to reach the victim within about 15 minutes. After that time hypothermia and lack of oxygen will greatly decrease chances of survival. There are several accessories that can improve rescue and chances of survival.

Avalanche Accessory

The Avalanche Beacon can greatly improve chances of rescue when used quickly and properly. It is a small and relatively light device weighing from 7 to 10 ounces. These transceiver beacons are either digital or analog with varying search performance factors with each type. Many avalanche transceivers can switch between modes. The experienced rescuer can use the positive attributes of either mode as he narrows the search.

An Avalanche Breathing Device along with the avalanche beacon are two very important survival tools for the backcountry enthusiast. The breathing device enables the victim to breathe when buried, extending the search time.

Portable Avalanche Shovels are made of lightweight plastic and aluminum. They are made to attach securely to the outside of a gear pack. Once the avalanche victim is located, using a shovel specifically made for snow will increase the speed of digging by a factor of four, compared to digging by hand.

Collapsible Avalanche Probes are easy to carry and fold to a compact portable size. These special poles are tubular steel that are joined together to make a snow probe up to 12 feet long. Some ski poles are made dual purpose with removal grips and baskets. This type of ski poles can be attached together to make approximately eight foot probe. Whether the rescuers use avalanche probes or ski poles, or something else, the key is locating the person quickly to save valuable time by avoiding digging in the wrong location.

The avalanche beacon or transceiver is the most effective and fastest method of locating a victim. When someone is buried in snow, the beacon will send a signal that other transceivers can detect. The backcountry enthusiast should set the beacon to "transmit" before entering an avalanche prone area. If an avalanche occurs, the rescuing personnel switch their transceiver to receive. The rescuing party makes their best guess as to the location of the buried person, then circles in a large pattern, decreasing the radius around the signal. Using an avalanche beacon takes practice, but if used skillfully can dramatically decrease the time an individual is caught in the snow.

Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Avalanche Beacon
Options: $192.00 - $374.07
Black Diamond Pieps DSP Sport Beacon
Options: $317.95 - $547.38
PIEPS Micro Avalanche Beacon
Options: $291.88 - $389.95
BCA Tracker DTS Avalanche Beacon + Avalanche Probe
PIEPS DSP Pro Avalanche Beacon
Options: $314.96 - $643.66
ARVA Neo Avalanche Beacon One Color, One Size
PIEPS DSP Ice Avalanche Beacon
Options: $314.96 - $449.95
Mammut Barryvox Beacon
ARVA Neo Avalanche Beacon
Options: $349.90 - $451.05
Pieps iProbe One Electronic Probe by Pieps
Barryvox OPTO 3000 Avalanche Beacon
Arctic Cat Snowmobile Avalanche Beacon BCA Tracker2
Pieps Freeride Avalanche Beacon
PIEPS Sport Avy Safety Set
Ortovox 3+ (Recco Inside)
Options: $279.45 - $340.00
Ortovox Zoom+ Avalanche Transceiver w/ RECCO
Mammut Barryvox S Beacon
Bluetooth Low Energy BLE 4.0/4.1 Beacon/iBeacon with Humidity and Temperature Sensor Android/iOS Replaceable Battery
Pieps Beacon Harness
BCA Float 22 Airbag Pack - One Size - Black
ORTOVOX S1+ Avalanche Transceiver with Recco Black
Ortovox 3+ Avalanche Rescue Package
Backcountry Access BC Link Radio System
Options: $111.50 - $350.00
enevu CUBE dimmable portable LED Light | white + color light | perfect for kids + adults | nursing + night light | water-resistant | with Duracell Batteries
Options: $25.36 - $61.66
Snobunje Inc Avalanche Probe 1025
Backcountry Access Field Book
Options: $29.95 - $31.95
Ortovox None 2018 Zoom Plus Snowboarding Rescue Kit (Default , Blue)
Pieps DSP Avalanche Transceiver
BCA Tracker DTS Avalanche Beacon
Arva Axio Beacon
Options: $328.96 - $581.71
Toko Snowthermometer
Options: $26.40 - $29.00
Black Diamond Avalung Element
Options: $89.34 - $99.95
Ortovox 3+ Avalanche Transceiver W/ Recco
Recco Unisex Rescue Reflector
Backcountry Access T3 Rescue Package
BCA Float 2.0 Cylinder - Empty
BCA Float 22 Airbag Pack - One Size - Black by Backcountry Access
Collapsible Ruler Two Meter 000 by Backcountry Access
Mammut Probe 320 Fast Lock Inferno, One Size
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