The professional Ortovox Alu 320+ PFA Probe works with a sturdy steel cable pull line.
Like all ORTOVOX premium probes, the 320+ is delivered with the "PFA" quick-release tensioning system.
The probe is stretched within seconds and just as quickly collapsed again.
The individual segments have a diameter of 13 mm, which makes the probe very stiff and accurate.
The burial depth can be easily read to allow planning of appropriate shovelling strategies.
The grip sleeve is made from EVA foam which provides the necessary comfort and efficiency during probing practices.
Like all ORTOVOX probes, the 320+ PFA is delivered with a practical quick-release cover.
Every one venturing into avalanche territory should go equipped with the necessary safety equipment. Remember a probe is useless without a TRANSCEIVER to locate the victim and a SHOVEL to dig them out once you have established their depth using the PROBE.
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 shovelling 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 victim’s equipment on the 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.