“On at the car, off at the bar,” is a simple mantra to remember when it comes to using your avalanche beacon, but the pre-tour beacon check often is done improperly and, in many cases, it is not done at all. Thankfully, most backcountry travelers know they should have a beacon, shovel and a probe before heading out. Unfortunately, just owning and carrying rescue equipment doesn’t mean you will be ready in the event there is a rescue scenario. Rescue and safety conversations can quickly fall into the buzzkill category. At the risk of sounding like the hall monitor telling you to stop running, having a solid understanding of avalanche rescue protocol and doing a regular check of your rescue equipment are important steps to being a backcountry skier.
Read the rest of our blog that we put together for Ortovox at https://www.outdoorproject.com/blog-news/backcountry-avalanche-beacon-check-check-neck