The ORTOVOX Kodiak Shovel is a hard-wearing, durable avalanche shovel with an ergonomic D-grip as well as a unique clearing function.
The rigid, tempered aluminium blade on this shovel gives it a shovelling volume of 3.1 Liters, making it the largest of all the ORTOVOX shovels.
Unique to this shovel is its clearing function, whereby the head of the shovel reattaches at a 90-degree angle to function much like a hoe. This mode allows the user to clear a far greater volume of snow as it requires much less movement per shovel-full of snow.
The shovel's cutting edge is sharpened and its upper edge is equipped with non-slip ridges. The shaft is oval, allowing a far stronger grip, and has a telescopic, non-slip rubberized surface.
The D-grip is considered the most ergonomic grip and aids powerful shovelling of snow. The frictional connection between the shaft and blade is virtually indestructible, saving critical seconds when used to save your companion's life.
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.
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.