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Old 01-25-2012, 09:35 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Maybe what someone should invent is outerwear that has an constant GPS signal go out to your crew who also have a GPS tracker, what way there would be no worries finding you fast, its just the digging out you have to worry about, ohh that and also getting thrown over rocks, into trees etc etc

Seems to me it would be much handier than a blowtorch
there is a gps enabled pseudo-beacon iphone app out there... DO NOT USE THIS IN PLACE OF A BEACON!

the problem is that gps is not accurate to a small enough area to rely on finding someone in a burial, iphone battery life is suspect at best, they are not weatherproof, and you'd be using your 'beacon' to make phone calls, listen to music, and make facebook updates with photos from inside your frigid tomb
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Yeah i guess i was just thinking while typing but i more meant a tracker in your outerwear, like a GPS tracker you can put on cars etc I'm not sure that wit would be feasible but i guess if it could be made to where it gave your exact location through a designated device (not an iPhone) then it may be faster and more accurate than a beacon
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If you're riding around here forget about relying on a cell phone on most mountains in Interior British Columbia. Even at my local hill (Silver Star) you can't get a signal on the back side.
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:46 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:02 PM   #35 (permalink)
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great for rescue/extraction from an emergency survival situation, but i don't think they're made for burials.



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Yeah i guess i was just thinking while typing but i more meant a tracker in your outerwear, like a GPS tracker you can put on cars etc I'm not sure that wit would be feasible but i guess if it could be made to where it gave your exact location through a designated device (not an iPhone) then it may be faster and more accurate than a beacon
well they already have Recco

if you want to be as safe as can be, ride with a beacon and a partner any time this is a threat.

in the past few years there have been several instances of people getting treewelled - for long periods of time, and using a cellphone to call for help. if cellphones don't work on your hill then consider using a small radio.
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All this blowtorch talk gave me an off the wall idea to go along with the rest of them. What about outwear that had heating elements down the arms and legs, kind of like battery powered socks/gloves? Once triggered it would generate 100 degree or so heat up and down your arms and legs to give you room to move. Might be better for avalanche scenarios where you are completely packed in snow

On second thought though, might just melt yourself into a deeper hole and then freeze into a block of ice once the batteries die

All the wacky ideas aside, as others have said, the best thing is to avoid these situations. Use common sense, don't ride out there alone, use proper gear (beacons ect) and educate yourself on how and where these conditions exist.
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fuck all that shit - ABS pack with a helium-filled canister!

just pop your wings out and float outta there

also, your body generates 98.6 degree heat dude... crank that sucka up!!
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Had heard about this but didn't know the details. This day I remember as having the heaviest powder I have been in a long time. Not sure if it was a tree well but I definitely fell through a pocket to about chest high on this day. Still cant feel some of the skin around my waist from frostbite. PNW snow can be no joke sometimes.
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Not sure if it was a tree well but I definitely fell through a pocket to about chest high on this day. Still cant feel some of the skin around my waist from frostbite. PNW snow can be no joke sometimes.
Ouch! How long were you in there?
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Enough to scare me. Have an asthma inhaler in my jacket that I havent used in years but keep in just in case. Wore myself out on first try had to regroup, use that bad boy get out then get to a place to chill. Maybe 30 minutes I would say. Total suckfest. Powder was blue after like the first foot, thats not cool. So heavy.
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