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Anyone in SE MI interested in some transceiver....

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:01 am
by Bcar
/beacon hunt practice?
I know of a few people who are in, we're thinking maybe around Island Lake Rec Area, near 96/23 intersection...The more transceivers we have the better!

Re: Anyone in SE MI interested in some transceiver....

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:11 pm
by Tony Crocker
Island Lake Rec Area

I'll bet you could get quite a few to show up here: http://www.islandlakeresorts.com/winter/

Re: Anyone in SE MI interested in some transceiver....

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:09 pm
by mikesathome
Do you have any dates set?
I don't have a beacon or anything but I would like to see how they work.
With all the inbound avalanches we have seen over the past few years, its probably best practice to start using them all the time, or at least on higher risk days (out west of course)

Re: Anyone in SE MI interested in some transceiver....

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:14 pm
by Admin
mikesathome wrote:I don't have a beacon or anything


And I suspect you're not alone. No disrespect toward anyone intended, but I have to wonder how many Midwesterners even own a beacon?

Re: Anyone in SE MI interested in some transceiver....

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:06 pm
by Bcar
Of course, its where we live :( The only place I can even think of where it could be a danger would be sleeping bear sand dunes. I dont think there has ever been a man made snow avalanche, ha ha.

I lived in CO, which is when I picked up all my gear/training. Im sure im one of the few who's taken an AIARE class in MI, let alone even know what it is and has a beacon/probe/shovel.

Regardless, I charge pretty hard on piste, off piste, side country, back country, huts, etc so for me its a skill I need to keep up with/on with 20-30 days/yr out west. And as im sure we all know here, its a MUST for anyone leaving the gates. I wear mine pretty much every day out west (on or off piste), and on big snow days out east, its a GREAT habbit to get into with no down sides.

We're thinking Nov 15 or 16, or early on the 22nd. Prob early afternoon-ish, leaning towards the 15th or 16th. I doubt we'll have snow by then so we'll just use a field and put beacons in zip-loc bags and hide them in the tall grass, it will work just fine for everything other than probing. Please feel free to attend, I know of 4 people who will prob come, if there is enough interest, I could put on a short avi briefing/talk and bring other gear, AT, Avi, etc. for people to check out.

Re: Anyone in SE MI interested in some transceiver....

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:43 pm
by Admin
Bcar wrote:Of course, its where we live :( The only place I can even think of where it could be a danger would be sleeping bear sand dunes. I dont think there has ever been a man made snow avalanche, ha ha.


Au contraire!! I personally know of at least several. Rumor at Gore slid a number of years ago. Back in the early 90s when I was working at Jay Peak, the entire headwall of CanAm slid from a buildup of heavy, wet manmade snow over a weak natural snow base.

Bcar wrote:Regardless, I charge pretty hard on piste, off piste, side country, back country, huts, etc so for me its a skill I need to keep up with/on with 20-30 days/yr out west. And as im sure we all know here, its a MUST for anyone leaving the gates.


Absolutely.

Here's wishing you a good turnout!

Re: Anyone in SE MI interested in some transceiver....

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:31 pm
by lex
We had a 300' wide slide on the sleepingbear dunes last year as somebody mentioned. There's quite a bit of snowshoeing, crosscountry skiing & some downhill for skiers/boarders...so depending on what trail you go on, a beacon is a good idea. There are a few other areas where this is possible, but I haven't seen or heard of other areas that have had slides. The dunes have a sign that says avalanche area.

Re: Anyone in SE MI interested in some transceiver....

PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:28 am
by Bcar
We're going to try to ski sleeping bear this winter, if the snow is good. Cant wait to dig the 1st ever snow pit on it \:D/ Wind loading there has got to be a b!tch...

Re: Anyone in SE MI interested in some transceiver....

PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:33 am
by lex
the slides start at the sand, so this is the weak layer, not so much a weak snow layer