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BCA Avalanche Awareness: BEACON SEARCHING 101

Are you prepared for an avalanche rescue scenario? Take a moment to refresh your skills on beacon searches.


PLEASE NOTE: These materials are not a substitute for a formal avalanche course.
Find one HERE.

As you know, good gear is just part of the equation. BCA is offereing free early-season avalanche clinics to IFSA teams in North America. A BCA pro athlete or rep will come to your resort and teach an evening avalanche awareness or beacon clinic.

Fill out our survey to requst a free BCA clinic: Click Here!

SendAndReturn

PART 1: AVALANCHE BEACON SEARCHING 101

Take a moment to review the basics of avalanche transceiver searching with our friends at Backcountry Access (BCA). BCA sales rep, Andy Wenberg, introduces the 4 parts of an avalanche transceiver search.

  • The Signal Search
  • The Coarse Search
  • The Fine Search
  • The Pinpoint Search (probing)

While Andy uses the BCA Tracker2 avalanche transceiver in this video, the techniques apply to all transceivers.
This is not a substitute for an avalanche class.
Get educated before heading into the backcountry!

Don't Forget...

BCA wants YOU to get geared up and trained. BCA is offering a 20% discount to all IFSA members on BCA avalanche beacons, shovels, probes, packs, and BC Link radios. If you cannot find the discount code we sent out via email, send us a quick This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your IFSA/FWQ Membership number.

BCA and the IFSA encourage you to learn as much as you can about snow, weather, and avalanches prior to venturing out into the backcountry. The ability to recognize dangerous avalanche conditions, and the skills to rescue someone who may get caught in an avalanche is vital to traveling in the backcountry.
Link: https://backcountryaccess.com/bca-avalanche-rescue/


At Backcountry Access and IFSA, we love "sending" big lines like everyone else. But none of those lines count unless you return. This season we're championing #SENDANDRETURN, a new theme to promote avalanche safety and good backcountry decision making. Tune up your knowledge by tuning into BCA's new podcast series. Share your best backcountry success story for a BCA Sticker Pack and the chance to win a BCA Urban Backpack - Click Here!.

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