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Just picked up a Ortovox S1 today. backcountry has them 30% off. Since I am heading down to Chile I though i would pick one up. I NEED to attend a course but I figured having this is better than not and I can still practice with it. I would like to find some good training ideas that can be used during the summer. Anyone have any? I can always just ahve my wife place a transmitter in the yard. I know that wont help with depth but it's something. I red some good info on beaconreviews.com and others for ideas and information.
Blind search practice is important, but it's obviously difficult when you're on your own.
Don't underestimate the value of sighted searches. Seeing how the position of the transmitting beacon affects the direction of the flux lines and your signal read, following the flux lines' curves into the beacon, etc., can help you understand what's happening when you're looking for a buried beacon.
apprecaited , If you aren't familair with the S1, check out the features and specs. its pretty innovative; especailly dealing with Flux lines and resolving spikes. Not that it or any transceiver is fool-proof, the S1 seems to have created a pretty easy to use interface making the search fairly straight forward, while reducing some of the issues other transceivers have with the flux lines showing strong signals away from the buried victim due to curvature in the signal. I think the Pieps DPS has done this as well. i think the next gen of transceivers is going to considerably more accurate and easier to use. That said, there's no substitute for taking a course and practicing.
I also picked up an S1 off Gear Trade yesterday. Looking forward to checking it out next week.
In the fall I have my kids hide the beacon in the leaves, bushes and even up in trees. Many resorts have beacon basins that you can use to hone your multiple burial skills.
Find a good mentor, never stop learning and practice a lot!
you snagged one of the 3? good job, i bought it on Backcountry. I saw that post on TGR. All gone.....
Yeah, that's why I am going to get that used M2 (see other post on general forum.) I have to practice to at least get used to the receiver and how it reacts to the signal. How close on target and all. TAM just told me about a beacon basin at Steamboat for practice.
this is definitely required reading (there was a similar article or series of articles in Backcountry Magazine last year or the year before, too, by the same authors).
I picked up two Tracker 2's this fall. I thought I got a good price at $268 from EMS but I bought the second one for $230 from the instructor of my L1 course. I was going to pick up a used beacon to use as a target for beacion practice but I couldn't pass up $230. My son will be able to use it in a couple years after he takes a class. I will probably stick it on him when we're in Steamboat if we ski some of the steeper inbounds stuff, just in case.