Improved safety on your mountain tour with a reliable beacon
From skiing to touring the Alps: if you are out and about in avalanche areas, you shouldn't leave the house without a beacon. The beacon is used to locate avalanche victims and can be lifesaving in an emergency. In the event of an avalanche, the beacon allows the victims to be precisely located. In addition to the avalanche probe, avalanche shovel and avalanche backpack, the beacon is a must for those who do not want to put their luck to the test.
How does a beacon work?
First thing's first: Beacons should always be worn directly on the body. As such, if an accident should occur, you can be sure the beacon is close.
Beacons have a transmitting mode and a receiving mode. In transmitting mode, the beacon sends out a signal at regular intervals. This signal is set to the frequency 457 KHZ in accordance with ETS 300718 and can be easily located by every avalanche transceiver.
The beacon can identify a victim's precise position in search mode, which can be activated quickly and easily in an emergency. This allows the avalanche victim to be located precisely without losing valuable time. A great addition to beacons are passive systems such as those of Recco. These reflectors have the advantage that they are already integrated into some functional clothing. However, they cannot be located by beacons, but only by professional mountain rescue teams.
What makes a high-quality beacon?
In the event of an avalanche every second counts. Within a few minutes the chances of survival of the victim drops drastically. So you want a beacon you can rely on. But fear not, a modern beacon offers everything a successful avalanche rescue needs.
Never underestimate the danger of an avalanche! Make sure you have your beacon on you whenever you're in avalanche territory, because in an emergency, it can be the difference between life and death.
Reliable, handy, precise: The beacon
As already mentioned, quick action is required in the event of an avalanche. For this reason, a beacon should be simple to use. In an emergency you do not want a device which is complicated to use when time is of the essence.
A high transmitting and receiving range are of course also of high importance in a beacon. Depending on the device, the range is normally between 20 and 40 meters. This range should be no less than this, otherwise locating the beacon becomes unnecessarily difficult.
Do not underestimate how important it is for the beacon to be small, light and handy. Since the beacon always travels with you, it should not be unnecessarily bulky and heavy. A compact system is also considerably easier to use.
Modern beacons consume very little energy. This ensures a high operating time and a long battery life. Nevertheless, the battery status should be checked before going on tour so that if an accident occurs, you are prepared for all eventualities.