Transceiver Searching 101: Brush Up Your Avalanche Safety Skills

It’s always a good time to refresh your avalanche safety skills. And one of the core competencies is transceiver searching. This is how to search with an avalanche beacon.

A new series from avalanche safety equipment manufacturer Backcountry Access offers solid information that will help keep you safe in avalanche terrain. Today, we’re sharing a video about a critical element of avalanche safety when things have gone wrong: transceiver searching.

Of course, a video doesn’t replace classroom training and fieldwork. If you plan to travel in avalanche terrain, take an Avi 1 course.

But for those who might be a little rusty, it’s good to brush up now. Remember the four phases of the transceiver search: the signal search, coarse search, fine search, and pinpointing (probing). For those in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is coming.

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Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.