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  • I always, always, always do wear a beacon etc

    680 92.27%
  • The odd time I haven't worn a beacon etc

    25 3.39%
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    Member everest8's Avatar
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    Re: Do you ride with a beacon, shovel and a probe.

    I ride in flatland Ontario but when I do go west, yes I doo !



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    Re: Do you ride with a beacon, shovel and a probe.

    not in the summer!
    Beware the old man , in the land, where they tend to die young!

    my glass is neither half full nor half empty!!
    i find it's just not tall enough!

    lately i've been told i'm old, painfully slow, boring, can't ride, not a real man? what will next week bring?
    "pin it " what could go wrong?

    founding member of the suds buds.

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    Re: Do you ride with a beacon, shovel and a probe.

    I have a shovel, beacon, and Gatorade :P
    Everyone I ride with has a probe with them though.

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    Re: Do you ride with a beacon, shovel and a probe.

    Quote Originally Posted by NathanLarson View Post
    I have a shovel, beacon, and Gatorade :P
    Everyone I ride with has a probe with them though.
    Hard to borrow there probe if they're buried. They're like 80 bucks it's kinda ridiculous not to have one

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    Re: Do you ride with a beacon, shovel and a probe.

    Got it all. Just would like to have to never use it

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    Re: Do you ride with a beacon, shovel and a probe.

    Hah that's what happened to me. When I was just learning how to sled, my sled mentor took my new beacon and threw it outside into the plowed snow. After much swearing on my part, he explained the reason behind the search for the Beacon "if u can't find the beacon, you can't fine me, and I need u to fine me". Oh, that makes sense. He had been in an avalanche and lost his sledding buddy. He explained what it's like to be buried and to loose a dear friend. The way he explained it I never want to be in that situation.

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    Re: Do you ride with a beacon, shovel and a probe.

    whoops wrong thread.. computer is doing the funky monkey!
    Last edited by MOMMA; March 3rd, 2016 at 09:53 AM.

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    Re: Do you ride with a beacon, shovel and a probe.

    Where I ride, those are mandatory! I would never go out with people that are missing one of these, Beacon, Probe, Shovel. Safety First Guys! Better be safe than sorry!



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    Re: Do you ride with a beacon, shovel and a probe.

    Quote Originally Posted by BC Sno-Ghost View Post
    Not much for avy terrain where I usually ride, but...I want to get to Sicamous and Hunters this year. Two years ago I bought the beacons for the wife and myself, took the awareness training and managed to find some pretty good training videos for rescue procedures and terrain condition recognition. We've been out and practiced and I honestly feel confident in my skills to find you if I need to. Last year conditions were just too unstable in Revy and Sicamous and I don't know those areas so I simply didn't go. Even if I had all the training that was possibly available, I still wouldn't risk giving my life for the sport. I've been a firefighter for 22 years now but that doesn't mean I go stand as close to the fire as I can just because I'm well trained. Some people get so hung up on whether or not I've taken an avy course they forget that a good percentage of the people who take these avy courses probably still knowingly ride unstable slopes and some of them couldn't find their ass with both hands when Chit hits it. I'm not saying don't take a course, not at all(I still do intend to)...but keep in mind that just because you've taken the courses doesn't mean you're gonna make all the right decisions, eliminate all the risks and be proficient doing a search under extreme stress. OK...go ahead and beat me up!
    I have been riding for 50 years, the problem as I see it, people think it won't happen to them, especially when they have the gear and training. A few years ago the statistics were that 95% of all avalanche accident victims had the gear and training. Here in BC a few years ago only 40% of the members of the BCSVA had the gear and training. I believe that less than 30% of all the sledders in BC belong to the BCSVA. That being said I don't believe enough people carry enough gear to survive a couple of days in the outback. Personally I don't have any avalanche gear or training, but in 50 years of sledding in the mountains of BC I have never seen an avalanche. However I have seen many sleds having to be towed out. I must add it may be because I have spent in the early years, and later years sledding alone. At my age I can't take too many chances riding alone.

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