The Pieps Carbon Tour 220 Probe is made with carbon fibre, lightweight and compact to ensure maximum packability.
Thanks to the heat treatment used on the carbon fibre, the Carbon Tour 220 is strong enough to rely on when the time comes to use it.
The fast locking system allows you to assemble the probe with a single throw and pull. The exact burial depth can be ascertained from the markings, so you can develop a shovelling strategy as soon as contact is made with a buried victim.
The PIEPS probe is designed to pinpoint and find the position of a buried victim. Together with an avalanche transceiver and an avalanche shovel, it makes up the recommended standard avalanche safety gear of mountaineers or mountain rescuers.
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