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WHITE PASS TRACKER RESCUE

February 25 marked the anniversary of my near-death burial in an avalanche at White Pass, WA, when my ski partner, Rick Johnson, used his BCA Tracker to find my BCA Tracker as I lay face down and unconscious under three and a half feet of snow. His cool nerves combined with our twenty years’ worth of practice saved my life — and I am convinced that the efficiency of the Trackers played a critical role as well. Rick had no need to sort through gee-gaws, gimcracks, bells and whistles to get the job done: and it is my belief that the simplicity of the Tracker is one of the over-looked yet most important features of your product. I owe my life to the Tracker and I am very grateful indeed.

Our trip to Canada last season: As you may have heard, the avalanche conditions around Revelstoke were unprecedented: we and other groups set off avalanches on 20-25 degree slopes all week long. Canadian heli-ski guides were reporting similar releases, some activated by rotor-wash alone. Needless to say, the morning beacon drills were accomplished with renewed intensity, especially under the scrutiny of Rick who is nothing if not thorough in developing and practicing safety and rescue drills. The new Trackers outperformed all the other latest models of transceivers there. In one instance, Rick gave a skier with no experience a 3-minute talk about how to use his old Tracker. She then proceeded to beat the time of everyone else day after day in finding two buried transceivers.

Once again, I would like to express my confidence in and appreciation for your excellent product, which one year ago afforded me the opportunity to walk out of the mountains on a day that potentially could have been my last.

Kate Thomas November 04, 2013 4 tags (show)

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