3 Great Avalanche Beacons

By Mariel Loveland , last updated December 21, 2011

Avalanche beacons are a lifeline for skiers, snowboarders and mountain climbers who travel through unpredictable and snowy terrain, so if you’re the type of person who enjoys adventuring into the back country, don’t even consider hiking without using one of these three great avalanche beacons. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use one, but in the event that you do, you’ll want the best one on the market.

BCA Tracker

BCA offers the first all-digital transceiver. It will aid you in your search with LEDs that point directly to whoever is trapped under the snow so you can find and help them as soon as possible.

Pieps DSP

If you’re travelling with a group of people who aren’t all going to be in the same area, this easy-to-use avalanche beacon has a long search range and the ability to sort out signals from multiple transceivers if more than one person is trapped under snow. It also has frequent updates so you can always stay current on the latest technology.

Pulse Barryvox

This avalanche beacon can detect multiple burials and has a sensitive motion sensor that can detect tiny movements in victims wearing Pulse transceivers. This will let you know if the victim is still alive, which in the case of multiple burials, could make the difference in saving a life. This device also has a built-in compass that will point to a victim behind you and tell you if you’re going in the wrong direction. It also has a long range of reception that can be extended by switching the device into analog mode.

Remember, as great as your avalanche beacon might be, it only works if whoever you are with has an avalanche transceiver that can receive the signal. This is why you should always stick with others, test the snow before you dive in, check reports and carry a shovel.

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