Originally Posted by Bob Peters
1. How well versed in avalanche safety are you?
2. How well versed in avalanche safety is/are your partner(s)?
3. Do you have skins for those Phat Luv's?
4. How good are you at making high pressure systems produce snow?
I can give you some general directions on where to go hiking if your answers to 1, 2, and 3 are pretty positive, but I can't do anything about #4. We haven't had any snow in five days and everything that's even remotely available to easy hiking is pretty much tracked out.
Thanks Bob for putting things in perspective.
FYI - I don't go into the BC anymore unless I'm with partners who are well versed in the art of finding buried transceivers. Our cut-off is you have to be able to find (including digging up) 1 beacon within 3 minutes of skiing up to a slope the size of a football field, and find 2 beacons (again, including digging them up and turning them off) with 8 minutes on the same size slope.
If you can't do this, then I don't want to go with into the BC with you.
Which brings me to ask the question, of all of those who are out there that have beacons, how many times have you practiced this season and what is your battery level at? A beacon is only as good the person using it.
FYI - I have practiced (found and dug up beacons) probably around 10 times this season and when my batteries fall below 90%, they get changed.
"Hey, let's be careful out there."