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Do electronics interfere with avalanche beacons?

Yes it does, especially mobile phones. I attended an avalanche course last year. The guide did a very simple demonstration. He powered his avalanche beacon on "send" mode, and put it on his ...
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Do electronics interfere with avalanche beacons?

I am the lead hardware engineer for Backcountry Access. Interference from personal electronic devices (PED) is very real, and it can range anywhere from minimal impact to severe. The reasons are a ...
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Is there a practical risk when wearing an avalanche beacon on your top layer?

Given that your avalanche beacon has the potential to be your partner's lifeline (or your own), it makes sense to protect it. Rocks, branches, skis, poles, ice tools, there's a lot that could ...
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How can I rescue someone lost in an avalanche?

In addition to Dangeranger's answer: If you as victim have climbing equipment or a rope, fasten it to your body (if not already fastened) and release your rope. It is very, very hard to find avalanche ...
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Are rolling snow pieces a sign of increased avalanche danger?

Yes, rolling snow when the temperatures warm can be a sign of an impending wet avalanche. Rolling balls, and point releases all indicate wet unstable snow. It is worth noting that direct sunlight ...
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How to do a snowpack test without using a saw

I would use the blade of the shovel to cut a column. Given all the uncertainty around snow stability tests, it might be good enough. However, I would not put much faith into a single stability test, ...
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Is there a practical risk when wearing an avalanche beacon on your top layer?

Beacons are tough. Tougher than you if you get thrown against a rock or a tree or buried under the snow. With that in mind, if things were so bad that there was any concern about my beacon being ...
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How can I rescue someone lost in an avalanche?

The accepted answer gives good advice, which I will not repeat here. But although reading about what to do is much better than not knowing anything about what to do, reading is no substitute for ...
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Can a regular backpack be worn on top of an avalanche airbag vest?

The correct answer for sure is "it depends on the exact model" but that is quite useless ;) As far as I can see all the airbag vests deploy over your whole shoulder area. This is definitely not ...
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How to do a snowpack test without using a saw

You have several options, but all would be less desirable than carrying a snow saw (especially if there are ice crusts and other dense layers within the snowpack). Carrying a snow saw is definitely a ...
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Is there a practical risk when wearing an avalanche beacon on your top layer?

The biggest reason I've always believed that you wear your beacon next to your base layer is battery life. Cold is well known to reduce battery life. By keeping the beacon close to your body you r ...
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