Recent set ups of the ATC Demo at the Victorian Back Country Festival and Guthega have shown that people are loving the AYTC experience yet it also helped them realise that they are maybe not as familiar with their Avy Beacon as they’d have thought. Doing an exercise at the beach or in leaf litter with some friends does not cut the mustard. The Avy Beacon Training Centre set up on the snow covered hillside accessible to you is the best way to hone that split second response to truely save your buddies life.
The slope is important as when your victim is 1-1.5m under your probing angle is vital. And organising your search party are the things that you can practice at an ATC until its dialed in as second Nature. Without frequent ATC drills your really just wandering round without a plan. We have approached the Ski Companies regarding finance but they may want to charge punters or set some rules. For MSC and the Australian BackCountry Community it is important that ATC training is freely available to all 24/7.
• Hold a Slide Night and pass the hat around, team up with your BC buddies whatever it takes lets make this happen, Thanks.
• The $now $take will indicate what we are up to. If we go over MSC will place some Avy Beacon Checkpoints on access routes into the BC , if we are a little under MSC will make up the rest through membership funds.
*subject to final approvals hence the crowdfund now so we can get this sorted.
The Avalanche Training Center is a stationary system for training transceiver and probe search. It is autonomous and can be used 24/7. The system can simulate from 5 to 16 transceivers (we are aiming at 6-8 depending on the CFCampaign).
The transmitters buried in the search area emit signals that are exactly equal to the signals from real avalanche transceivers.
At the Control Unit, the remotely controlled transmitters can be selected at random (standard mode) or individually (expert mode) This allows for training simple as well as complex multiple burial situations. The transmitters will provide automatic feedback upon a probe hit. A probe hit on the probing surface of a transmitter is indicated at the Control Unit and signalled acoustically. The search times for every transmitter are also indicated.
When the scenario of an Avalanche arises the lives of the buried skiers , your mates, depend on the efficiency of your transceiver search. Every minute counts and research has shown that when the adrenaline is pumping even the assembly of a probe can be dificult.
So get out there and practice!
In order to make this come to life in its full glory, we need you to pledge your support!
Your generosity will also deliver vital training to complete strangers who one day may come to your aid. As an individual we can accept pledges at $20 and upwards in multiples of $20. As a corporate beneficiary we have a $500 and upward pledge in multiples of $500.
PLEASE JOIN US IN THIS INITIATIVE AND LET'S ALL GET BETTER AS A 'CROWD'