Item: Transceiver training parks: shortening the beacon learning curve
Title: Transceiver training parks: shortening the beacon learning curve
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2004 International Snow Science Workshop, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Authors: Steve Christie, Backcountry Access, Inc.
Abstract: “Practice. Practice. Practice.” Avalanche educators are often heard chanting this mantra to students learning to use avalanche transceivers. How can that learning process be accelerated? Backcountry Access introduced its first public “Beacon Basin” transceiver training site in 2002-03 at Loveland Basin, Colorado, and expanded the program to include 10 sites across North America in 2003- 04. In 2004-05, the program will expand to Europe. BCA donates Beacon Basins to select organizations that have a high number of recreational and professional backcountry users. Case studies from two sites confirm that practice search preparation time is significantly shortened with access to such dedicated training sites. And advanced skills such as deep and multiple burials can be developed in less time and in more realistic scenarios when utilizing Beacon Basin.
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Keywords: beacon basin, preparation time, manual preparation time, practice search hours
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