Vertex Standard VX-231 VHF Radio - REVIEW
"Transceiver, probe, shovel" is the mantra most backcountry skiers preach prior to any ski tour. What happens though after you locate, pin-point and dig out the subject?
If you have trauma or incapacitating injuries then your first aid training will come into play but this will only help stabilize the situation - you'll need professional help and fast. Many people never think beyond the relief of finding the buried person; a fact that is exacerbated by the reality that most training scenarios end once you find the subject, then all is well. Sadly, in real life this is not often the case. According to statistics and snow science guru Pascal Haegeli, trauma causes as many as a third of all avalanche fatalities. So once you dig out the subject, you need communication with the outside world and you need it to be reliable.
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