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Old 10-20-2010, 04:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sure, longer is better, but is there a general consensus for what the min. length is that you'd want for a probe? Just from shopping around, looks like they range from like 180cm-340cm, with most of them being around 230-265.
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You're going to be in the PNW right? Deep burials are a good possibility out there. Minimum length for a probe I would carry out there is 300cm. I believe the one I have now is a 265cm, but I deal with a much more shallow snowpack, so having a deep burial is not that likely.

There was a snowboarder from a couple of years ago who was saved by the fact that the guys who were digging for him had a 300 cm probe. So don't discount it. Go long...
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I should mention that we won't be splitboarding. Basically bootpacking it out to the slackcountry, although much further than we've gone without avy gear in the past.
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The rescue I am speaking of happened in the slackcountry at Baker. Doesn't matter what where you are riding. As long as it's not controlled terrain, a deep burial is possible in the PNW. An avalanche doesn't really care if you are just outside the boundary ropes.
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Kill has always been an advocate of larger probes........don't ask why.....
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The one I just picked up is a 320. Mammut Expert I believe. Still compacts to 17" and pretty light.

Best to have the extra length and not need it than to come up short. At least that's what she said.
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^^^Definitely.

I have a trip planned for a week in the PNW this winter. One of the things I am picking up for it is a 340cm probe. Though I'll almost exclusively be in the bc except for a day at Baker. At which I'll probably go out the gates anyway.


CaptT a larger probe leads to a more thorough probing. Not that I am threatening you with a good time or anything...
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Hmmm, since she is saying Kill prefers a longer probe....is she projecting her personal preference? Are the longer probes that much heavier?
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I didn't bother reading this thread, but when I get probed by Aliens, I enjoy a good 12 inches.
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