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Survival in avalanche terrain requires more than owning an avalanche beacon and
how to use it. It should also involve 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
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 pages.
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, and an instructor for the
Wilderness Medical Institute. As a rescuer, I have responded to more than a dozen
avalanches that included nine fatalities.
I created BeaconReviews.com, now in its ninth
year, to share what I've learned.
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
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Learn more here.
PSS: I'm pleased to announce that
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
The Avalanche Review. His input here helps continue BeaconReview.com's legacy of
independent and accurate information.