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Do you need a transceiver in KNP?

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by fenrir, Jun 9, 2020.

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Is a transceiver required?

  1. Yes, you need a beacon at all times.

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    25.8%
  2. No, a beacon is overkill.

    8 vote(s)
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  3. Maybe, the day after a large amount (say > 60cm) falls all at once.

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    48.4%
  1. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Recco is a corpse locator.
     
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  2. Chaeron

    Chaeron A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yup, absolutely correct.

    I’d still be happy to save the search party the time and effort....

    Be good to have a passive locator on powder skis....

    Thinking of microchipping my sons - no use paying for their mobile phones - they never answer the damn things....
     
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    Belly A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just had to see the 'probably entirely more likely' again. You and I clearly have a similar grasp on the English language (and Splitboard choice ha ha)
     
  4. Chaeron

    Chaeron A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    If only I had had a GPS locator on that Nikon Coolpix of my son’s currently still somewhere in the bush below Michell Hut on Bogong 2 seasons on...
     
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  5. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have a microchipping licence!
    C/- Vet Surgeons Board, Bill Gates and the Lizard People.
    Pleased to help and I can vaccinate the grommets also to gain better control too.
     
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  6. Chaeron

    Chaeron A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    For better control I’d probably need a horse-whip, but if they take after me that won’t help much.

    Sons are a great BC accessory - especially when their pack-carrying capacity starts exceeding their nuisance value - best way to ski light - load up someone else’s pack - almost as good as an avi giraffe...
     
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  7. nezumi

    nezumi One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    We'd need to know how many micromorts are accrued when going backcountry skiing/snowboarding: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02...r-regular-activities-the-conversation/8293356
     
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  8. buckwheat

    buckwheat One of Us

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    Bloke One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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  10. Whatever really

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    Wife and I never go out without one,
    Always shovel, probe and transceiver plus a hole heap of other crap.
    if we have had big storms I’ll even take the kit inbound, not so much in Aus but definitely Canada and Japan.
    Remember it’s not just an obligation you have for your own safety it’s for others too.
    I’d hate to think I see another party in trouble and I don’t have one or that something goes really bad I don’t want searchers spending days looking for me.
    So my answer is yes you do need one and I don’t think you will find an expert that will disagree.

    like others have said it is not the most important tool though, Route planning and decision making are far more important along with reading the snow.
    If you have the knowledge it’s pretty easy to avoid the need to use one.
    Hopefully mines always just a waste of batteries.
     
  11. nfip

    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes . In the back country.
    It's as much establishing the habit and best practice despite the perceived lack of risk. IMO.
    Group leader checking others before leaving the lodge / car park / trailhead. etc

    Also i believe the dialogue moving forward from the Trainers will be less focused on "Avalanche".
    More emphasis spoken on the snow pack itself, Ice & crust dangers , consideration of the other variable conditions like weather....
     
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  12. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    In Oz, agree with shovel (for bivvy), but most the time it really is overkill..... unless your appetite is to ski slopes that are at risk of sliding. Then I also hope you have splints, bandages etc.... as the runouts will kill you. Better to avoid? Skiing BC is usually about being risk averse, not bagging the big lines.
     
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    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep conservative choices is my mantra.
    And I would ski at about 75% when out the back , despite some of my buddies being a tad more aggressive shall we say ;)
     
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