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Avalanche Beacons - Transceivers

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Heading into the backcountry requires more that just a beacon. Taking a beacon without a shovel is pretty much a waste of time. If you take a beacon but don't know how to use it, you'll never get to use your shovel. More than all this, heading into the backcountry takes good judgement and planning. This involves more than just route planning and deciding whether to go. You must consider many factors in the equation such as group dynamics. How will things go down when half your group thinks its safe, but the other half doesn't. What will happen if there are two of you, and one is immobilized with a minor injury four hours from the road (ten hours til help arrives). These are things you must consider and you should do it before you enter the backcountry. If you have questions about gear, ask in our backcountry forum. Below you'll find links to beacons and avalungs.


The Backcountry Access DTS Tracker has become the standard bearer for the beacon industry due to it's ease of use, comfort and affordability. Dual antennae technology allows you find the victim more easily and quickly than ever before. The Tracker 2 offers everything the DTS does, in a slimmer package.

BCA Tracker DTS
BCA Tracker 2
Tracker Package

Backcountry Access Float 30 Winter Pack - This pack deploys an airbag to help keep you near the top of a slide if you get caught.


The Mammut Pulse Barryvox Transceiver brings three antennae to the game as well as the ability to switch between and basic and professional profile depending upon the situation, your ability, and your familiarity with the beacon. The Pulse also has a motion sensor that detects vital signs (heartbeat) and lets other Pulse users know you're still alive.  The  victim must be wearing the Pulse as well as the rescuer(s). This means the extra expense is not worth it, if you are going to be the only person using it.

Mammut Pulse Barryvox
Mammut Pulse Barryvox
Mammut Pulse Barryvox


Single stage Snow-Throwing Machines -  Need to get to the slopes quick but don't have a ton of cash. A single stage snowblower may be enough to keep you from shoveling on a powder day.

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