Buddies and Gear
Not all avalanche rescue gear works the same. For example, some beacons can be switched from digital to analog like the advanced Barryvox S by Mammut. Other beacons like the Pieps Micro are automatically sending a signal when put in its holster. So it is critical to get to know your gear intimately.
“Make sure to be traveling with experienced partners who are carrying and know how to use all the right gear, beacons, shovels, probes and for some an airbag,” Gordon explains. “If we gotta use, that means the accident has already happened. When you are traveling in avalanche terrain, all your rescue gear needs to be on your body. Especially when you strip down in hot springtime weather, you still need to have your avalanche beacon close to your chest underneath a layer of clothing.”
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