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Avalanche Transceiver Practice Question:

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Hello, for years avalanche safety educators/trainers have encouraged their students to practice with their avalance rescue transceivers/beacons.

 

I work part-time for Ortovox. I have taught a number of avalanche safety courses here in Colorado. I used to work  for the CAIC as their first education director.

 

I'd like to get some "baseline of data" of how often folks actually practice with their transcievers/beacons. I'd like to hear how many of you practice and how often (i.e., once a week?, once a month? once a season?, once a year? you don't practice at all?, do you do single burial practices only?, do you you do multiple burial practices?, etc...). And what methods /meansdo you use for your practice sessions?

 

You can either post what you do here or PM me.

 

Please also tell me if you own a transceiver, backcountry shovel, probe pole, Avalung and Avalanche Airbag System pack. Also, what level of avalanche education do you have.

 

I posted this on the main talk forum in order to get more folks to look at this.

 

Thanks,

 

Halsted Morris 

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I'm embarassed.  I own a Pieps.  I wear it occasionally skiing in-bounds.  In fact, I wore it last weekend with the huge amount of new snow we had and the unstable snowpack.  However, I've never practised using it, other than to see that my buddy's transceiver was working. 

 

Perhaps it's the old adage working.  If you have avi gear and your buddy doesn't, wear the transceiver and give the shovel and probe to your buddy.

 

Mike

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Answered in another forum.  

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I own several probes, shovels, beacons, and two avalungs.  Before any backcountry excursion I do a quick search test with a single burial.  Anytime I'm going out with new (to me) we do a multiple burial test and if I'm not comfortable with their search abilities I don't go with them.  Otherwise, I practice multiples about once a month or before any expedition.  Level II avy class

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