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Best Avalanche Shovels in 2018

Best Avalanche Shovels in 2018

Although an avalanche shovel is a fairly simple piece of equipment, every year there are small improvements made to shovel designs. They get stronger, lighter, and easier to assemble and take apart. This article will take a look at some of the best avalanche shovels currently on the market. If you’re looking for other avalanche safety gear, check out our articles about the Best Avalanche Probes in 2018 , the Best Avalanche Airbag Packs in 2018, and the Best Avalanche Transceiver…

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Precautionary Recall of Ortovox 3+ Avalanche Transceivers

Precautionary Recall of Ortovox 3+ Avalanche Transceivers

If you are the owner of an Ortovox 3+ Avalanche Transceiver, you’re going to want to read this. First of all, don’t panic. It’s a minor software issue that may affect some 3+ model transceivers in rare situations. More good news is that it won’t cost you anything to get fixed. This is a precautionary recall, meaning that Ortovox is being proactive. They’ve discovered that there could be an issue with some transceivers, and they are offering to address the issue…

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The Absolute Best Avalanche Beacon in 2018

The Absolute Best Avalanche Beacon in 2018

An avalanche beacon (or, more accurately, an avalanche transceiver) is a critical piece of gear for your survival in the backcountry. It needs to be reliable and you need to know how to use it effectively in high stress situations. In this article, we choose an overall best avalanche beacon for 2018 based on current availability. I’ll give you a hint – it isn’t the beacon in the image above. I will also look at the best beacon for people…

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The Best Avalanche Probes for 2018

The Best Avalanche Probes for 2018

In the world of avalanche safety, the avalanche probe is one of the three key pieces of gear. Beacon, shovel, probe is the mantra. Although probe is third in the list, it is no less important than your beacon and shovel. This article discusses the best avalanche probes for any budget. What is an Avalanche Probe? During an avalanche rescue, a beacon (or transceiver) is used to find the general area where a skier or boarder is buried. You then…

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Backcountry Skiing for Beginners: Avalanche Safety Tips

Backcountry Skiing for Beginners: Avalanche Safety Tips

Avalanche Statistics Before we get into avalanche safety tips, I’m going to (hopefully) scare you a bit with some avalanche statistics. In this case, you definitely don’t want to be a statistic. Here are a few numbers to give you a sense of how dangerous avalanches can be. Somewhere between 20 and 50 people die in avalanches in North America every year. The chance of survival if you get caught in an avalanche is less than 1 in 3. Not…

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