Item: Impact of advanced (electronic) technologies used in avalanche probes
Title: Impact of advanced (electronic) technologies used in avalanche probes
Proceedings: Proceedings Whistler 2008 International Snow Science Workshop September 21-27, 2008
Authors: Mr. Markus Eck, Mr. Michael Schober, Dr. Gregor Krenn.
Abstract: While the necessary time for beacons search had been the major focus of beacons manufacturers and has been reduced to almost a minimum, the time needed for direct recovering (shovelling and excavating) can't be affected significantly. It simply depends on factors like burial depth, consistency of the snow, the adequacy of the used shovel, the right shovelling technique and finally by the physical constitution of the rescuer. In the past, one factor of the overall time, the PROBING, hasn't been paid much attention for. While manufacturers did improve avalanche probes in general with the major focus on lightness and quality of the probe tubes and locking systems, the principle together with the educated technique of probing hasn't been touched systematically. A newly introduced probe using additional electronic technologies claims to have a significant impact to the overall rescue time for avalanche victims. This study analyses this impact based on a large number of field tests.
Presenters: Mr. Markus Eck.
Keywords: pinpointing, probing, shovelling, avalanche transceiver, companion rescue, art