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Survival in avalanche terrain requires more than owning an avalanche beacon and
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knowing how to use it. It also involves avalanche awareness (avalanche 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 (searching and probing), accessing the victim (shoveling), and medical care and transportation (wilderness medicine).

I've worked hard to keep the information on independent and scientifically objective. I do not receive any compensation from beacon manufacturers, although I have received training and beacons from most manufacturers. And I do receive revenue from the advertisements that appear on these pages.

CompareI 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 two dozen avalanches that included nine fatalities. I created, now in its 11th year, to share what I've learned.

Steve Achelis

PS: My book, Mountain 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 Learn more here.
PPS: I'm pleased that NSP and AIARE avalanche educator Jonathan Shefftz continues to help author 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 in The Avalanche Review. His input here helps continue's legacy of independent and accurate information.

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