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Videos - Avalanche Rescue

If you're taking an avalanche rescue course with me, here's a stack of videos I recommend watching from Backcountry Access

Must see:

BCA’s “Introduction to Avalanche Transceiver for Skiers and Snowboarders” provides nearly everything you need to know about getting started with your transceiver.  You’ll learn how to use your directional lights to follow electromagnetic flux lines. You’ll learn how to wear your beacon and how to keep it isolated from electromagnetic noise. The videos also clarify the importance of the third antenna, and how it cleans up the last few meters of the search to eliminate misleading “spike” signals.

In this video, BCA's Bruce Edgerly covers the basic functions of an avalanche transceiver as well as precautions that skiers and snowboarders should take when travelling in backcountry terrain. Intro to avalanche transceivers for skiers and snowboarders gives a great 'how-to' find flux lines and description of the third antenna in an avalanche beacon.

Basic Rescue

In this video, the BCA team shows you how to perform an avalanche transceiver trailhead test and how to ensure everyone's beacons are working correctly before heading out on the trail. To check out the complete lineup of BCA Tracker avalanche transceivers visit:
Learn the basics of avalanche transceiver searching with the team from Backcountry Access. BCA in-house sales specialist Andy Wenberg introduces the four phases of the transceiver search: the signal search, coarse search, fine search, and pinpointing (probing). While Andy uses the Tracker2 in this video, the techniques apply to all transceivers.
This video takes you through the pinpointing--or probing--stage of an avalanche rescue. BCA's Andy Wenberg illustrates the probing techniques used for companion rescue (when avalanche transceivers are used), spot probing (when no transceivers are used), and probe lines--usually performed by an organized rescue team. This is not a substitute for an avalanche class.
Shoveling is the most time consuming phase of an avalanche rescue. In this video, BCA's Andy Wenberg takes you through the "ABC's and D of Digging," using 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 shovelers. The crux is to start digging downhill of the probe strike (not straight down), to clear snow to the sides first, and to avoid moving snow more than once.

Intermediate: Special Mentions

Now that you've learned the basics of avalanche transceiver searching, probing, and strategic shoveling, let's look at the big picture. In part four of our Companion Rescue Series, BCA ambassador and American Avalanche Institute (AAI) co-owner Sarah Carpenter goes the through the typical steps you'll need to perform if your companion gets buried in an avalanche.
In part five of our Companion Rescue Series, BCA ambassador and American Avalanche Institute (AAI) co-owner Sarah Carpenter illustrates the key points if you need to administer first aid to an avalanche victim. Check the patient's airway, breathing, and circulation; stabilize the spine, if necessary; decide if you need to evacuate the avalanche victim, and protect them from exposure.
In the final episode of our Companion Rescue series, BCA ambassador and American Avalanche Institute (AAI) co-owner Sarah Carpenter highlights how to evacuate an injured avalanche victim from the backcountry. Determine if the injury is 'useable'.

Advanced Rescue: Multiple Burial

In this video, we review the avalanche transceiver techniques and BCA Tracker modes that can be used to solve multiple burials in avalanche terrain. To learn more about how to operate an avalanche transceiver, visit: To check out the complete lineup of BCA Tracker avalanche transceivers visit:
In this video, BCA's Bruce Edgerly demonstrates the advanced avalanche transceiver search techniques you can use for multiple avalanche burials during an avalanche rescue. Learn more at:

Caveat emptor:

None of these videos replace actual instruction, training, and practice by a trained and certified instructor and guide. I've suggested these videos as a way to be better prepared when you attend a Recreational Avalanche Rescue Course with me. I am also a brand Ambassador for Backcountry Access.

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