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About BeaconReviews.com

I am a software entrepreneur, a part-time ski patroller at Brighton Ski Resort in Utah, a former member of the Salt Lake County Search and Rescue Team, an instructor for the Wilderness Medical Institute, and a Utah Avalanche Center board member. As a rescuer, I have responded to dozens of avalanches and dug up more than my share of avalanche victims. I created BeaconReviews.com to share what I've learned.

Jonathan Shefftz is an AIARE and NSP avalanche educator and has been a contributor to BeaconReviews.com since 2012. Jonathan has published reviews of avalanche transceivers since 2007, 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 helps continue BeaconReview.com's legacy of independent and accurate information.

We have worked hard to keep the information on BeaconReviews.com independent and scientifically objective. We do not receive any compensation from beacon manufacturers, although we have received training and beacons from most manufacturers. The revenue generated by the advertisements pays for webhosting and occasionally some backcountry gear.

My book, Mountain Responder, provides a first-person account of my experiences rescuing people in the mountains. Purchasing the book helps support BeaconReviews.com.

For what it's worth, I also develop maps and apps for backcountry skiers (WBSkiing.com), apps and websites for EMTs and paramedics (eMedic.com and SmartMedic.com), a website for wilderness first responders (WMIquiz.com), rope rescue software (vRigger.com), and have written a handful of articles about rescue technology.

Stay Safe,


Steve Achelis


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