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

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

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  • I never wear a beacon etc

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

    Loaded question. Should say beacon in avalance terrain. Around home I do not wear one ditch riding etc. But it's not the mountains but last year we went to goose tower and I wore mine because of the amount of snow and there are some pretty big hills
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    Re: Do you ride with a beacon, shovel and a probe.

    i never leave home without my proper tools (beacon probe shovel radio xtra batteries and saw)

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

    i wear mine ALWAYS no matter what terrian when in the mtns....A guy wanted to come with buddy and i last year,so i asked him "have a beacon" he replies "i don't ride with one i have the avy pack all i need" so i then then respond "if u don't have a beacon u can't come, because alot of guys will not ride with u unless u have one and if we meet a group and they wanna ride together and u have no beacon,i'll be pissed"...He ended up renting a beacon and having a great trip.
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    Re: Do you ride with a beacon, shovel and a probe.

    I had to go with the odd time. I don't always where a beacon for ditch banging, but up in the hills I do go prepare. Even to spend a night, or just have dry clothes.
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    Re: Do you ride with a beacon, shovel and a probe.

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

    good thread for a change, oops did type that, anyhow great equipment to have, but i'd have a sat phone first, before a avy pack, and case in point is that if you had to pull the trigger you just admitted to being where you should've if you had done everything properly. my 2cents.
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    Re: Do you ride with a beacon, shovel and a probe.

    Well lets find out how many peeps have Avy Air Bags
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    Re: Do you ride with a beacon, shovel and a probe.

    i have 2 air bags on the old lady does that count haha



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

    Quote Originally Posted by sledbunnyracing View Post
    Well lets find out how many peeps have Avy Air Bags
    run with a ABS bag myself.... statistically you are better off with the bag over anything else when it comes to avalanche gear
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    Re: Do you ride with a beacon, shovel and a probe.

    Well lets see how times a ride you check to see if they truly working? Answer None How many people have i seen checking? answer none

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