The lightest, most compact shovel/probe combination on the market.
The combined weight of the 6061 aluminium Shovel and Companion Probe
is a feather-light 454 grammes (16 ounces). And if you're someone that wants a lightweight, compact but concise kit then this is the combination for you.
The 1.8 meter probe
folds down into eight tiny sections
, fitting neatly into the shaft of the B1 shovel. An essential piece of saftey equipment in the event of an avalanche - this probe doesn't have to be a burden, infact, you won't even know it's there!
The ergonomic, oval shaped shaft
increases your digging strength and the T shaped grip
makes this shovel suitable for left or right handers, whilst the strong aluminium blade makes short work of shifting-snow with its sharp edge
and large cross-section
With the B1 Shovel System you can save precious space and weight in your pack without compromising on performance. "Light" doesn't have to mean plastic!
Every one venturing into avalanche territory should go equipped with the necessary safety equipment. Remember a probe is useless without a TRANSVEIVER to locate the victim and a SHOVEL to dig them out once you have established their depth using the PROBE.
How to Shovel Correctly:
- After reading the depth of the victim using the snow probe move downhill
- Start digging a trench into the snow towards the victim.
- The trench should be the same length as the depth of the victim
- This is to allow space to clear previously dug snow.
- If multiple shovelers are available then one person should be digging down at the point of the probe and the other people or person should be clearing snow out of the trench to allow room.
- These roles should be rotated to keep shovelers fresh.
Beacon Search Probing
The pinpoint search (within three meters) is the trickiest part
of a beacon search. A probe can quickly confirm the location
and depth of burial.
Probes with depth markings aid in determining exact depth
and in determining the appropriate excavation area size.
From your lowest distance reading, probe 10 in (25cm)
apart in an expanding spiral pattern.
Since the pinpoint search is done along the snow surface, insert
probe perpendicular to the surface, not straight down.
After striking the victim, leave in place and start shoveling
downhill of the probe.
Recommended probe length: 1.8 to 3 meters.
Performed if beacons are not worn or not functioning.
Probe up to 6 feet deep (1.5 meters) in likely burial spots.
These include the fall line below last-seen-area; around the
victims equipment on surface; above and below rocks &
trees; depressions, curves, and the toe of the debris pile.
Studies show that avalanche victims rarely survive below 6
feet (1.5 meters). Therefore a live recovery is more likely if
you probe more areas than if you probe deeper.
Recommended probe length: 2 to 3 meters.