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How Do You Use An Avalanche Probe?

How Do You Use An Avalanche Probe?

Posted by Crescent Moon on Jan 22nd 2021

If you plan on going skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing in the near future, you need to make sure that you place safety first. In addition to wearing the right clothing and footwear, it is also essential for you to be aware of avalanches. If there is a fresh foot or two of powder dropped recently on the mountain, this is certainly beautiful to look at. On the other hand, this also increases the risk of an avalanche taking place, particularly when it’s sunny outside. Therefore, you need to make sure that you have a strong avalanche probe kit. What is an avalanche probe in exactly how do you use it?

Avalanche Probe

A Brief Overview of an Avalanche Probe

An avalanche probe is something you use to locate people and objects located beneath the powder after an avalanche. When an avalanche takes place, time is of the essence. It is critical for you to find someone that may have been trapped underneath the snow as quickly as possible. An avalanche probe will help you figure out exactly how far beneath the surface someone may be buried. That way, you can shorten rescue times, possibly saving someone's life in the process. How do you use this avalanche probe properly?

How To Use an Avalanche Probe

If you are looking for an avalanche probe, you need to make sure you find a lightweight avalanche probe kit that you can deploy quickly. If an avalanche takes place, some of the steps that you need to take include:

  • First, remove the transceiver from your backpack and use this to locate the person (or object) that you are looking for
  • Once you have the strongest signal at the surface, quickly remove the avalanche probe kit from your backpack.
  • There is a good chance that the avalanche probe kit collapses down into your backpack, so put the avalanche probe together quickly using the convenient locking mechanism.
  • You want to stick the avalanche probe into the snow quickly with a spiral pattern.
  • Keep the probes about a body’s width apart to cover as much ground as possible.
  • If you feel something that could be a human body, then look at the depth markings on your avalanche probe to figure out how far beneath the surface they are.
  • Once you find the person, remove the telescoping shovel from your backpack and start digging quickly.

It is a good idea for you to practice using the avalanche probe ahead of time. Make sure that you practice with gloves on so that you can assemble the probe quickly if needed in an emergency. You might even be able to get good enough with it that you can whip it out and lock it into place with one hand.

Be Safe in Avalanche Country

If you are planning on snowshoeing in avalanche country, it’s critical for you to be safe. Make sure that you have a proper, light, durable avalanche probe kit with you, along with a transceiver and portable telescoping shovel that you can use in an emergency.

Furthermore, you also want to make sure that you have the right snowshoes and carry bags with you. Ensure that you choose a strong carry bag that will fit all of your safety gear. You may also want to consider Eva snowshoes or Luna snowshoes, which have been specifically designed to handle the elements of snowshoeing in the backcountry without breaking down under the stress of routine use. Make sure that you are ready for your next snowshoeing adventure. Always place safety first.

Find the Right Snowshoeing Accessories from Crescent Moon Snowshoes Today!

If you are getting ready for another trip, make sure you have all of the equipment you need. This includes a transceiver, a telescoping shovel, and an avalanche probe kit. If you are looking for the right safety gear, then look no further than Crescent Moon Snowshoes. With a wide variety of options from which to choose, including foam snowshoes, you will be ready for your next trip in the snow! 

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