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Trip Information
Name: Avalanche Transceiver Practice
Starts: Wed Jan 07, 2015
Meetup: 5:30pm at North Van Superstore
Return: Wed Jan 07, 2015

Registration opens: Tue Dec 16, 2014
Event category: Practice
Difficulty grade: A1  [?]
For members only: No
Screening used: No
Max participants: 20

Organizer: Winifred Swatschek
Profile info:
Trip Planning Questions

Please let me know your reasons for joining this practice session: you are new to using an avalanche transceiver? refresher on skills? just looking to practice? want to practice two-burial search? probing practice? digging practice/technique?

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Participant Information

This is not a course but we will go over the basics (for those that are interested).

Topics covered:

  • pre-trip procedures
  • search
    • primary
    • secondary
    • pin point/grid
  • two-burial situation, especially for those without the ability to mark/flag the first transceiver
  • probing & digging techniques


  • transceiver
  • container to protect buried transceiver (note: most tupperware/rubbermaid containers crack/break in the cold)
  • shovel
  • probe (optional)
  • snowshoes (optional)
  • headlamp

I will have my transceiver plus one extra for burial.  I will also see about bringing something to bury for probing practice.

Meeting 5:30 pm at the North Van Superstore, near the gas pumps: http://www.realcanadiansuperstore.ca/LCLOnline/store_details_landing_page.jsp?storeId=854

We will leave the meeting location at 5:45 pm.


Regarding snowshoes, you may find them useful to avoid post-holing near lightly-buried trees and plunging into the small creeks that may not be fully bridged.

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