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Survival in avalanche terrain requires more than owning an avalanche
knowing how to use it. It also involves avalanche awareness
education and forecasting), avoidance (safe travel techniques),
surviving the physical trauma (terrain selection, wearing a helmet),
preventing the burial (air bags), preventing
asphyxiation (AvaLung), locating the victim
probing), accessing the victim (shoveling),
and medical care and transportation (wilderness
I've worked hard to keep the information on
BeaconReviews.com independent and scientifically objective. I do
not receive any compensation from beacon manufacturers, although
I have received training and beacons from most manufacturers. I
do receive revenue from the advertisements that appear on these
am a software entrepreneur, a part-time
ski patroller at Brighton Ski Resort in Utah, a former member of
the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team, an instructor
for the Wilderness Medical Institute,
and on the board of the
Utah Avalanche Center.
As a rescuer, I have responded to more than a dozen avalanches that
included nine fatalities.
I created BeaconReviews.com, now in its tenth
year, to share what I've learned.
PS: My book,
Responder, provides a first-person account of my experiences
rescuing people in the mountains. Join my teammates and me as we
perform CPR on an 18-year-old avalanche victim, hang on a thin cable
below a helicopter, and lower wounded climbers down vertical walls.
Purchasing the book helps support BeaconReviews.com.
PSS: I'm pleased to announce that
NSP and AIARE
avalanche educator Jonathan
Shefftz is now a contributor to BeaconReviews.com. Jonathan
has published reviews of avalanche transceivers for many years,
is a member of the American Avalanche Association's governing board,
and has authored many articles on the assessment of avalanche incidents
The Avalanche Review. His input here helps continue BeaconReview.com's
legacy of independent and accurate information.