Ski Patrollers: Become a cliff rescue expert.

As a rescuer, I've responded to avalanches that involved almost a dozen fatalities. BeaconReviews.com (now in its 14th year) was created to share what I've learned about avalanche transceivers and avalanche rescue. My goal is to provide current, independent, and scientifically objective information.

You can jump to the transceiver summary if you're in a hurry, but don't forget to review the avalanche rescue information and to practice frequently.

Stay Safe,

Steve Achelis
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PSS: Avalanche instructors, check out these educational resources.

News and Rumors

  • The Mammut Barryvox and Barryvox S are expected to reach the USA later this year (although they will probably be backordered through February). These are the successors to the Mammut Element and Pulse. Stay tuned for more information In the meantime, you can learn more about these avalanche transceivers here.
  • I released an Avalanche Inclinometer for iOS. This is the inclinometer for avy savvy backcountry travelers.
  • Make sure you check the page about updating your avalanche transceiver and that you have the latest software.
  • Seven helpers and I recently tested the reception ranges and "spike" handling of 43 avalanche transceivers. See the updated range test results.