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Old 09-10-2013, 01:04 PM
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Who has gone out and practiced with their avalanche gear?

I know that the summer is not the greatest time to get and use your gear but not doing so makes you rusty for the season.

A great way to practice with your gear is let someone in the household hide a beacon and everyone else has to find it before you can sit down for dinner. A house provides many great places to hide a beacon such as cabinets and even the roof. The roof is a great place to hide a beacon since you could be 10-18m away and that will be the closest you can get without getting on the roof. This simulates an actual burial situation where the victim will be under several feet of snow. Multiple floor houses work great as well to simulate the same situation if you don’t have easy access to your roof.

Remember the more you use you avalanche gear the better you will be with it when you really need it. Practice makes perfect in a situation where every second counts!







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Great Idea. I always wanted to hollow out a nerf football & put the beacon inside it, & just chuck it into the woods & try to locate it. Just need to make sure you have a buddy with another beacon available to use in the receive mode, & just take turns.
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That is an idea.

I think I would use a retired beacon. Not sure how it would take the shock of hitting the ground.
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Old analog beacons (like the ones you can find cheap on flea-bay/craigslist) work great as transmitters....
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