The Pieps Aluminium Probe is designed to confirm and pinpoint an avalanche victim's location. The probe incorporates a quick-closing latch for efficient assembly and the tubes are a special aluminium alloy in two colours, which makes it a steady, sturdy choice for any avalanche rescue.
With a standard length of 260cm, this probe weighs only 290g, meaning it barely makes a dent in overall pack weight.
The probe is made of 6 sections and collapses down to measure 42 cm in order to save you some space in your pack. It also features a special speed-cone for quick and effortless extension.
In addition, the probe is adorned with a centimetre scale which is useful for accurately estimating the victim's position and gauging the best angle to dig from.
In an emergency, only one thing counts unconditional, hands-on reliability!
To live up to this challenge, Pieps collaborates with mountain guides, mountain rescue teams, ski instructors and scientists during product development. When it comes to manufacturing and developing mountaineering equipment, their professional know-how, as well as 40 years of experience in the development and manufacture of avalanche search beacons, ensures the quality of their Premium Alpine Performance products.
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.