Tag: safety

Your GPS is lying to you

Your GPS is lying or, at the very least, you’re probably misinterpreting what it’s saying

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SAR Long Line capability “grounded”

Some information and clarification on the “grounding” of long line operations in BC and Canada

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We don’t need Heroes

The Victoria Times Colonist asks if there’s leeway for first responders to be heroes, indicating they do not understand Emergency Response

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The SnowBe Beacon

There’s an article over on the UnofficialNetworks blog about a new piece of “avalanche safety gear” made by a company called Snow-Beacon. The article, which I encourage you to read for yourself, describes the “SnowBe” as the “THE MOST DANGEROUS

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The Fox 40 whistle and bird calls

SAR uses whistle blasts to help find missing people in the bush, but there’s a bird that sounds just like a Fox 40 whistle.

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Google Public Alerts

Some comments about the recently announced Google Public Alerts system.

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Sledder Situational Awareness again

The S.T.O.P. tool designed to encourage sledders to develop situational awareness and be safer in avalanche terrain

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The Christmas break

When I was in University we would always take advantage of the Christmas break to get out there and do some backcountry skiing. We were poor; we had unreliable vehicles, lots of us either had used equipment, or we rented.

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The ACC requires digital avalanche beacons

I’m a member of the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC), Vancouver Section, so I get their monthly “Alpine-E-r” newsletter. For the past several months I’ve noticed the following message in the newsletter: NEW BEACON POLICY The ACC has a new

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Smart Phones and Battery Life

The biggest energy drain in a smart phone other than the cellular radio is the screen. Advice on how to best use this information, and preserve battery life

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