Essential Avalanche Gear: Beacon, Shovel, and Probe

The three items of essential avalanche gear–a beacon, a shovel, and a probe–are so important, and all three should always be carried together, by every member of a group. In fact, a person might as well say the three as one word: beaconshovelprobe. Hikers, skiers, snowmobilers, snowshoers, and anyone else traveling in snowy, mountainous terrain needs to be aware of avalanche danger and become skilled in using these three items:

Essential Avalanche Gear Item #1: Beacon

avalanche beacon

An avalanche beacon can help searchers locate a person who has been swept away or buried by an avalanche.

Essential Avalanche Gear Item #2: Probe

avalanche probe

An avalanche probe can help fine-tune a buried victim’s location once a beacon has helped searchers narrow down the location.

Essential Avalanche Gear Item #3: Shovel

avalanche shovel

Finally rescuers need to carry a shovel in order to dig out a person who has been buried by an avalanche.

Want to know more about these three pieces of essential avalanche survival gear?
Read my article on the About.com Survival Skills website:
“Essential Avalanche Survival Gear”
If you’re out hiking or snowshoeing in terrain that poses the threat of an avalanche, plan to carry three pieces of essential avalanche gear with you: a beacon, a shovel, and a probe. An avalanche can occur in hilly or mountainous terrain when snow suddenly cascades down a slope…click here to continue reading

Photos © Traci J. Macnamara.

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