I always vow to practice beacon search with my avalanche transceiver, but like flossing my teeth, it doesn’t happen enough. Sometimes at night I wake with a start. Worse than the recurring nightmare of rotting teeth, I wonder if I’ll fumble during the panic of a slide. Then my mind wanders to my partners. I assume their devices will work and they’ll know a few simple things that help with a search situation, but how can I be sure?
During a beacon refresher course, BCA offered tips that put my mind to rest.
Before we start ski touring, we routinely check to see if everyone’s beacon is on and transmitting. By adding a few quick steps, the entire party can be better prepared if the unthinkable — an avalanche — occurs.
During the practice session with BCA, I demoed a Tracker3. It is by far the simplest beacon I have ever used. Just slightly bigger than a cell phone, it’s one of the lightest too. If you need to upgrade, we recommend it.
Be ready for the season — buy a new BCA Tracker3 here.