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Avalanche probes

Avalanche Probes

Avalanche Probes, Snow Blades and Arva (Rescue Device for Victims of Devils) were scarce, until recently, in the backpacks of mountain skiing or cross-country skiing.

However, in recent times these essential safety materials have become popular - this is because they are known as the sacred trinity in terms of safety in skiing - and the market, aware of this, has extended the offer with practical and light models.

Faced with avalanches or avalanches, different studies certify that 93% of the victims are still alive during the first quarter of an hour from the moment they are buried. However, the same studies confirm that after only 45 minutes under the snow, only 25% of the victims remain alive.

When it comes to rescuing a victim or victims of avalanches or avalanches, it is important to act as quickly as possible. Otherwise it may be too late.

Characteristics of the soundings of snow:

Of the three elements that make up the sacred trinity of security in cross-country skiing or mountain is the least developed since its appearance, so today the different models offered by the market share characteristics.

The main differences that we can find are two: the manufacturing material and the assembly system, although the technological advances have allowed to design fast mounting systems and with final lock of security.

As regards the manufacturing material, we can distinguish between three types: those made of steel, made of aluminum and made of carbon.

The carbon probes made of carbon are the lightest in the market, with a very small weight. Carbon is ideal for all lovers of mountain skiing or crossing eager to lighten the weight of the backpack to the fullest.

However, the lack of elasticity of a material such as carbon makes them an unhelpful safety material when it comes to working with frosty or hard snow, as they can break relatively easily.

Those that are constructed with steel, on the other hand, are the most resistant by their material of manufacture. However, the properties of the manufacturing material make them the heaviest in the market.

Thus, if from Vertic we do not recommend the use of carbon with hard or frosted snow, with those of steel quite the opposite. They are the best performers in these situations. That is why they are the most common among rescue groups.

Finally, the snow probes made of aluminum are the most versatile or versatile to different types of snow. In addition, their high index of flexibility makes them valid in different contexts in which we have to act.

On the other hand, length is another aspect to be taken into account before making the final purchase decision. The main lengths oscillate between the two and the three meters. However, knowing the use for which it will be used is fundamental to get the decision right.

The body of the snow probe incorporates different brands. In this way, as you enter the interior of the snow we know at all times the depth in which it is.

For the least friction to occur and penetrate easily, the tip must be thicker than the body. In this way, once the tip passes through the body it accompanies without impediments.

How to use the sound probes

From Vertic we recommend a sounding in concentric or spiral circles, with a distance between probes of approximately 25 centimeters.

Once the victim or victims have been found by avalanche or avalanche, the snow probe should be fixed at the point. You should never move, like not taking it. It has to form an angle of 90º with the slope. Here, we must start to pale.

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