A reliable helper in emergencies: The avalanche probe

Avalanche Probes

Never underestimate the danger of an avalanche! During ski tours, you should always have an avalanche probe (or probe pole) in addition to your beacon and avalanche shovel. Avalanche probes are used to pinpoint buried persons. Quick and effective handling is of the utmost importance. After all, an avalanche victim's chances of survival drop dramatically in a short amount of time. A high-quality probe pole can be a lifesaver in emergencies!

How do probe poles work?

When an avalanche slips, you should first use your beacon for rough exploration. Then you should drive your avalanche probe through the snow to determine the victim's exact location and depth. The depth mark on the probe makes orientation easier. Once you've pinpointed the buried person with the pole, the rescue can begin.

As mentioned before, every second counts when it comes to avalanche rescue. That's why probe poles should be ready for action when it matters. High-quality avalanche probes consist of multiple segments that are combined with a clamping system. This makes it possible to assemble them in a matter of seconds. No precious time is lost. When assembled, probe poles are typically two to four meters long. They should be stable and easy to guide through the snow. Avalanche probes should be an essential piece of equipment for every skier and mountaineer!

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