Beacon, shovel, and probe—don't leave the lifts without them.
Besides experience and training, staying safe in avalanche terrain hinges on a trifecta of gear: beacon, probe, and shovel. Backcountry Access took all the guesswork out of assembling such a kit and outfitted the Essentials Package with all three tools. Inside, you'll find the most widely used beacon on the market, the Tracker DTS, the best-selling B-1 Ext shovel with extending handle, and the lightning-fast assemble 240 Probe. Whether you're a novice taking his or her first steps beyond the rope or you're a seasoned vet looking for simplicity and reliability, this package contains everything you need to locate a burial victim quickly, find and mark the burial beneath feet of snow, and then save a life by digging deep and fast—that's the trifecta at work.
- Tracker DTS operates with utter simplicity—a single push-button switches between transmit and search modes
- Beacon’s digital display shows both distance (in meters) and direction to the signal that you're tracking
- Tracker DTS Beacon operates on the industry standard 457kHz frequency, and beacon is compatible with all other beacons on this same frequency
- Profile 240 Probe features a quick-tensioning system for fast assembly when seconds count
- Probe depth markings read in one-centimeter increments for the most accurate measurement
- Burly, lightweight B1 Extendable Shovel has an unbeatable strength-to-weight ratio that won’t let you down when you need to dig deep and fast
- Oval-shaped shaft and t-grip handle both aid with leverage while you dig and give you the most secure grip on your shovel
- Shovel blade includes a crowned edge that pierces through thick, icy debris with ease, and pre-drilled holes create attachment points for fashioning a snow anchor or rescue sled
- Please Note: All of these tools go a long way to ensuring your safety, however, nothing is a replacement for proper education and guidance. Take an avalanche safety class and get the experience and practice you need before you venture beyond the resort.
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I was wondering if this package is good for an inexperienced user. Is the shovel light and compact, and would this all fit in most backpacks?
Absolutely. The DTS beacon is one of the easiest to use and most accurate beacons on the market. It's simple but intuitive design makes this great for all users, including beginners. The package may not be the lightest thing on the market but yes, fits in most backcountry oriented packs and is incredibly durable. On sale at $224.96, this package is a crazy good deal.
This was a great package and at a really good deal on bc.com. I saw it on sale and picked it up. Very easy to use and all items are rarely lightweight. No beacon is easier to use and the shovel and probe are super sturdy. Very happy with this purchase.
This package is perfect. High quality avy gear in one package for a reasonable price, and now that it is on sale the whole package is cheaper than most of the beacons themselves.
The gear has not failed me yet, and I hope it never will!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I have only used my new avi gear a few times, but the batteries are already going bad. I think the first day I was out, the beacon showed I was at 73% by the end of the day and by the second day of use, it had gone down to 47 and then precipitously dropped to the 20s. I will be replacing the batteries ASAP and then, hopefully the beacon will function fine. So, I recommend testing the batteries in your kit before heading out in the backcountry!
Don't you mean 457 kHz or is it really 475 kHz?
It is almost certainly 457 kHz, I have been on trips with people who use the Tracker DTS and it always picks up on my Pieps which is the standard 457. It would be the most useless thing ever to sell a 475 kHz beacon so I am almost certain that its just a typo.
Hopefully this helps.