This shovel from Ortovox is the lighter weight, compact version of the Beast.
Badger comes with the same non slip grooves, high side walls and centering aid in the shaft socket as the Beast, but the difference is in size.
This means that the Badger comes in at 85g lighter than its longer counterpart, although both shovels pack down to a length of 45cm for your backpack when travelling.
Although slightly shorter and lighter it still has the same blade volume (2500cm cubed) but has a shaft that is 16cm shorter than the Beast.
Every one venturing into avalanche territory should go equipped with the necessary safety equipment. Remember a probe, shovel or transceiver will be useless individually. You need a TRANSCEIVER 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.