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Avalanche Beacon Drills

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hi Everyone,

Does anybody have ideas for dry land drills with avy beacons? It is time to get them out and start practicing, but there is not enough snow to bury a backpack. It would be helpful if there were any ideas. It is never to early to brush up on safety . Thanks.

-Jake
post #2 of 10
I have my kids bury them in leaves or hide them in the bushes.
post #3 of 10
The Backcountry Access (manufacturer of the Tracker beacon) website used to have a great document describing how to do searches and drills. You might try there:


http://www.bcaccess.com/bca_products/tracker/index.php
post #4 of 10
Tree? woods? My freind who goes out west more has one, and he asked me to hide it somewhere. I put it in a watertight pelican case in a small natural pool in a forest. he thought i was kidding when i said to jumpm in.
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
The bca website has some nice powerpoint presentations, complete with scary photos. I did not find any dry land stuff, though. Thanks for the link.


-Jake
post #6 of 10
I've tried putting the "fox" unit downstairs on atop a ladder and ran the search upstairs. Much tougher to pinpoint when it came down to the fine search. Put the fox on a tabletop to make it even harder to pinpoint.

Also tried hiding it in the vegitable/fruits at a grocery store (after talking to the produce supervisor & store manager so that they know what's going on with the beeping boxes.

We've also used a playground with a couple of sandboxes and buried it inside a waterproof otter box. Find which sandbox with coarse search, then fine search and probe.
post #7 of 10
Hang it up in a tree. Not too high, maybe 5 - 6 ft. It'll behave the same as if it was 5 - 6 feet below ground.
post #8 of 10
Jake -

If you go to the south end of Sourdough Trail in Bozeman there is a big field with matted down grass by the parking area off Goldenstien. The grass is ideal for hiding beacons in for practice. Another good place is Graf Park which is a 16 acre open space abutting Graf Street just off 3rd on the north end of Sourdough Trail.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks Rio,

Nice to see Bozeman people are here. I will try those spots out. I know where they are, and they are just the ticket. I have used Bozeman beach area, but there just isn't enough area to make it a challenge. Thanks again, maybe see you on the mountain!

-Jake
post #10 of 10
Jake -

I'll be at Bridger Bowl most weekends its open. Also, if you use Graf Park stop by my place (7th house on the east side) & I'll give you a couple cold ones to hide for incentive.
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