Archive for February 2012

Special Avalanche Warning

Special Avalanche Warning for Much of BC’s Backcountry

Canadian Avalanche Centre says backcountry travel in avalanche terrain not recommended in areas affected by warning. 

February 23, 2012, Revelstoke, BC: The Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) is issuing a special public avalanche warning for a widespread area of the province’s backcountry. The warning includes the mountainous areas of the Cariboos, the North and South Columbias, the North and South Rockies, the Lizard Range, the Purcells, the South Coast Inland and Northwest Inland. The warning is in effect from Friday February 24 through to Monday February 27.

“The clear, dry spell covering the province in early February had a weakening effect on the surface of the snow at that time,” explains Karl Klassen, Manager of the CAC’s Public Avalanche Warning Services.

“Now that surface is buried and left us with a very complex upper snowpack, with a number of weak layers. Conditions are very tricky to manage right now. If you’re going into avalanche terrain, you need local knowledge, extensive experience and training.” 

The CAC is advising all recreational backcountry users to carefully monitor the advice in the avalanche bulletins. Everyone in a backcountry party needs to be equipped with a shovel, probe and transceiver and the CAC strongly recommends all backcountry users take an avalanche awareness course.

 Snowpack stability changes constantly throughout the winter. Backcountry users need to check the avalanche bulletin regularly to keep informed of conditions in their area. More detailed information is also available on the CAC forecaster’s blog.

 For the bulletins, blog and information on training, check    www.avalanche.ca/cac.

For more information

Mary Clayton, CAC Communications Director

Office: 250.837.2141 (228)

Mobile: 250.837.1492

Memorial Ride & Open House Feb. 25th

Please join us on Saturday, February 25th for our Annual Memorial Ride.  This is to remember members who made great contributions in starting and maintaining this club over the past 35 years.  Ride will commence from the Clubhouse (snow and weather permitting) at 10:30 am.  We will arrive back at the Clubhouse around 12:30 pm for lunch.  We will do the memorial service outdoors, around the Clubhouse fire pit, at approximately 1:00 pm.

  Lunch will be provided by the Club, as a thank you for everyone’s hard work this year.  Join us for hamburgers, smokies, hot dogs and chili.

 Hope to see you all there.

Peter

Important Safety Product Message

Message brought to you by Association of BC Snowmobile Clubs

Avalanche Transceiver vs Spot Beacon

We’re hearing of backcountry users who have made the assumption that a locator beacon (such as a SPOT) can do the same things as an avalanche transceiver. This is not the case and is a very dangerous mistake to make. An avalanche transceiver is a highly specialized device, designed for one purpose—avalanche rescue. A transceiver is one of the essential three pieces of avalanche safety equipment, along with a shovel and probe.

Transceivers

·         Sends and receives an electronic signal to other transceivers

·         In the backcountry, everyone in the group has their transceivers on “send”

·         When a person is buried, companions turn their transceivers to “receive” and home in on the “send” signal from the buried person

SPOT Beacons

·         Sends a signal to a satellite, which notifies a central system based in Texas, which then alerts local RCMP

·         Can also be used to send an “OK” signal, or to summon non-emergency help

·         For more information on features, check findmespot.ca

Five minutes after an avalanche, you’ve got an 80% chance of recovering a buried victim alive.  After 20 minutes, there’s only a 35% chance of a live recovery. If your group is involved in an avalanche, you don’t have time to send a signal to Texas. Make sure everyone you ride with has an avalanche transceiver, and knows how to use it.

For more information on avalanche safety equipment please check avalanche.ca/cac/gear/overview