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Wanted WTB: Beacon/Shovel/Probe

Discussion in 'Gear Swap' started by Wheres Walle, Jul 5, 2017.

  1. Wheres Walle

    Wheres Walle Active Member

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    Hey guys, posting on behalf of a mate..

    Looking to buy a 3 Antenna beacon, shovel & probe kit. Preferably in Sydney / Wollongong areas but open to sorting out via post as well.

    Thanks!
     
  2. SkiMountaineer

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    See if Aussieskier can sort you out. Or Rythm Snow Sports. Where do you intend to use the gear? My preference is to look to buy a shovel that is durable, light and with a manageable blade size. Digging wears you out fast. If the blade is too big, you'll be less efficient. Plastic blades are fine - I've used mine to chip through 25mm thick ice when I've been without an ice axe. I use a 2400mm probe. You can get longer but it'll weigh more. Don't skimp on the transceiver. And make sure your friend practices and knows how to use all three before they head out. Better still, do a course.
     
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  3. CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com
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    We have jsut sold out of the Pieps beacon / shovel / probe kit, but we just got a bunch of Beacons, shovels and probes in stock. Tracker 2 is our most affordable beacon, can never seem to keep them in stock.

    https://aussieskier.com/collections/backcountry
     
  4. Red_switch

    Red_switch Part of the Furniture
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    Plastic is shit. Alloy is barely good enough in NZ mountains/snowpack.
     
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    I have a barely used (1 course/trip) BCA Tracker 2 for sale, $399 posted, or pickup Melbourne.
     
  6. zhenjie

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    also Black Diamon Deploy 7 Shovel and Black Diamon Quickdraw Carbon Fiber Probe too. All unused. happy to do a deal.
     
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  9. Wheres Walle

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    Thanks for the replies.. legends!
     
  10. SkiMountaineer

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    What are you using it for?
     
  11. Red_switch

    Red_switch Part of the Furniture
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    Digging holes in snow.
     
  12. SkiMountaineer

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    I've never had any issues, although I do use an aluminium one these days.
     
  13. Red_switch

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    I spend a bit of time digging really deep >4 m on glaciers in spring, that can be tough on 'em. But so can a midwinter rain crust. And avvy debris. I've seen one too many plastic shovels fail.
     
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    Yep, why spend so much money on a beacon and probe only to have a plastic shovel. The weight difference isn't that big of a deal for the performance.