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01-14-2013 02:15 PM
Tom Leep I read through this site before i purchased my mammut pulse, a bit pricey but when it comes to safety I try not to skimp on the price. Choosing an avalanche beacon - digital, analogue - BCA, Ortovox, Pieps | Backcountry and Avalanche Safety Gear | BackcountrySafety.com
12-21-2012 04:04 PM
Slush Puppie I just bought the Ortovox 3+ while on my last trip. Glad to see it mentioned favourably here.
12-18-2012 10:06 AM
killclimbz Oh I use the Pieps DSP I know how it works. Still the fact is it's a lot easier to find a single beacon than to find Multiple beacons. For the uninitiated it can be confusing. The multiple burial scenario is about the worst one out there.
12-17-2012 05:39 PM
hikeswithdogs
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You get multiple beeps with analog transceivers. You basically zero in on the strongest signal and go from there. It is confusing, but with practice it works fine. Multi beacon searches with a digital beacon is no walk in the park either.
Super easy with the Pieps(full LCD display not LED lights) shows multiple arrows and horizontal body symbols in different positions ie closer<>further) to tell you which one is closer.......no idea how it could possibly get any easier than that but then again I've never practiced anywhere but a beacon course or snowy football field with friends.

Honestly I pray I never to use it for single burial much less multiple burial.
12-17-2012 05:22 PM
Rockpen
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Man, if the snow falls off I may take you up on that offer. Splitboard will come in tow...
Its so much steeper here than in CO. The snow is a bit heavier but you get to hit lines where you can barely see your next turn. The only bad thing is you need to know your line or need a guide and cant just follow your nose as your nose may lead you off an 800ft cliff. Other than that its pretty sick riding.
12-17-2012 05:15 PM
killclimbz Man, if the snow falls off I may take you up on that offer. Splitboard will come in tow...
12-17-2012 05:11 PM
Rockpen
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I stand by my statement. I've got tons of experience with both analog and digital beacons. I smoked a guide not that long ago who swore he was faster than me with his analog beacon. Wasn't even a fair contest.
And I Sir, stand by my statement and challenge you to a dual.
Just jump on the next filght to Switzerland (since we have much more snow than you do) and come prepaired to have your digital ass handed to you (in a gentlemanly fashioned manner of course).
12-17-2012 05:07 PM
killclimbz You get multiple beeps with analog transceivers. You basically zero in on the strongest signal and go from there. It is confusing, but with practice it works fine. Multi beacon searches with a digital beacon is no walk in the park either.
12-17-2012 05:02 PM
hikeswithdogs
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I use to have a tracker for the last several years then sometime last year while drinking a few brewskis after a glorius powder day we decided to see who was the fastest as we all had different devices. Long story short the device that beat everybody else was an original Swiss Military issued Barryvox VS 68. This thing was like 30 years old, single antanna, anolog, with just a dial, switch and a speaker. You had to translate the sound to find the other beacons, sort of like tunning into a radio station. Simple, but very, very effective. It cut my search time in half the first time I used it, second and third time was even faster and I've had years of experiance with my tracker. Needless to say I bought a used one since they are no longer make them. After doing more research the newer version (same tech as the old) is called the barryvox 2000 and is used by damn near every professional rescuer in the Swiss and Austrian Alps. Rega and Air Zermatt which are the two heli rescue companies in Switzerland uses a high powered barryvox 2000 and recco exclusively. It makes you wonder if all this triple or soon to be quadruple antanna shit is even necessary when analog seems to be good enough for the pros here. In Colorado I knew some patrollers that still held on to their old F1 transcievers and I always wondered why. Now I know.
Yep one of the old timers I did my avy training with swore by them(as far as distance) and he was FAST with it........but yea it was audio only and the thing looked so old I wasn't even sure I'd trust it out in the field(I'm sure it was fine I know jack shit)

BUT..........in a panic situation with people screaming\crying, heli's flying overhead, dogs barking I don't think I'd trust the average weekend warrior with one over a modern Tracker or Pieps.......also I have no idea how one of those things would handle a multi-burial situation.

Just my .02$
12-17-2012 04:58 PM
killclimbz I stand by my statement. I've got tons of experience with both analog and digital beacons. I smoked a guide not that long ago who swore he was faster than me with his analog beacon. Wasn't even a fair contest.
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