Are you an outdoor enthusiast looking for extra safety margin when exploring the mountain tops of America,be that ski touring in jackson hole or climbing in Joshua tree, Recco is made for winter & summer, RECCO – Be Searchable offer reflectors for your Helmet, Backpack or Belt.
Unlike some Avalanche transceivers where they have different transceivers for different parts of the world, RECCO performs the same worldwide, you can wear RECCO in the USA, Canada aswell as Germany, Italy and many other countires.
Heres how RECCO works:
The Recco Reflector is a small band-aid size battery-free transponder which makes you searchable to professional mountain rescue teams in the USA in the event of an avalanche.
If you are caught in an avalanche situation the mountain rescue team will search the avalanche area with a Recco Detector, this detector responds to frequency signals of the reflector. The avalanche victim should have a Recco reflector mounted to their Helmet, Backpack or Belt.
USA have a population of 329 million people, 25 million of those are national skiiers participating in slope skiing, snowboarding, freeriding, ski touring and more.
|Ski Resorts||481 Resorts|
|National Skiers||25 Million|
|Recco Equipped Rescue Groups||59|
|Recco Equipped Resorts||75|
|Fatalitites by State (1951 – 2019)|
|Fatalitites by winter sport (1951 – 2019)|
The number of fatalities in Avalanche accidents per year (2010-2020): 243
Avalanche Statistics 2020
There is a whopping 419 national parks spread across the USA that host around 146 million people participating in outdoor activities such as mountain biking, climbing, hiking and other outdoor activities.
|People Participating in outdoor Activites||146.1 Million|
What is a SAR Detector?
Number of SAR helicopter missions in national parks across the USA in 2017 was 4194.
Number of people missing in outdoor activites was 1600.
Rescue Statistics 2017
The USA have 75 RECCO equipped rescue groups which operate in the summer and winter,
Number of organsations using the RECCO Detector:
Here’s what RECCO Organisations and Ski Patrollers have to say about RECCO:
The RECCO SAR Helicopter Detector service was first introduced in 2015 and is now found in several countries, and offers year-round missing persons services.
The RECCO SAR Helicopter Detector is used by attaching the detector to a rope that is then dangled below the Recco rescue helicopter.
When the helicopter flies at a height of 100m, it is able to scan an area that is 100m wide.
When the speed of the helicopter is 100 km/h this translates to 1 km2coverage within six minutes. This equals to 30 football fields per minute.
Recco SAR Helicopter Detector Groups in the USA:
Please see video of how the SAR Helicopter RECCO Detector works:
You can find 3 different Recco products available on the market in the USA:
A Recco reflector is a small, band-aid sized, electronic transponder that weighs less than four grams. It is mounted to your ski or outdoor helmet, clothing and gear that is unlikely to be torn off in the event of an avalanche or outdoor emergency.
Recco Backpack Reflector
The RECCO Backpack Rescue Reflector has been specially designed for the application on carrying straps of backpacks and is primarily intended for use in the summer to be located by helicopter in the event of a missing person situation.
You can also find the RECCO reflectors in clothing and on the TerraWest Core 22 Litre Recco Backpack.
RECCO | Be Searchable is very important for one good reason: TIME. People that wear devices that help mountain rescue services find them quickly have more chance survival in an outdoor accident like an avalanche or a fatal injury.