do I use an avalanche transceiver?
transceivers have many new useful features. There is a lot to
learn about using a transceiver by reading the manual that came
with it. Below is an overview of how the search procedure works.
are two phases to the search, the coarse and fine
these searches very very rapidly!
are two basic patterns for a coarse search, the zig-zag and
fall line search.
a zig-zag pattern when:
You have no PLS (Point Last Seen) or
surface clue. AND
There are not enough people to do
parallel fall line searches that will cover the
a zig-zag search over the entire slide
path until you get a signal, then stop.
a fall line search when:
You have a PLS. OR
There are enough people to do
parallel fall line searches and can cover the
entire area. OR
You have a surface clue (hat, glove,
|Conduct a fall line search
until you get a signal, then stop.
The Fine Search
The fine search starts as
soon as someone gets the first signal. The fine search is a
Orient your unit shortly
after a signal is picked up. Do this by rotating the unit
horizontally to find the strongest signal. Then rotate it
vertically to find the strongest signal. Only do 180 degree
rotations since the orientation is the same for the opposite
Crank down (select the
lowest useful setting).
Start the Grid Search:
Walk forward until
the signal begins to fade.
Stop. Crank down.
Turn left or
right, it doesn't matter which. (You will soon find
out if you made the wrong turn.)
Walk until the
signal begins to fade. (Turn around and go the
opposite direction if the signal immediately faded
after your turn.)
Stop. Crank down.
Repeat until you
found the point with the strongest signal.
Dig like mad.
the grid search, then dig like mad.
Note: There are
other advanced methods, such as the induction line
method, that speed up the search but they are difficult
to learn and confusing. Even with the advanced methods,
you will always finish with a grid search since it is the
only way to pinpoint the location. This FAQ does not
cover advanced methods.