Saturday, 24 December 2011
Auto Revert - Pain or Life Saver?
A short clip from the Glencoe Anatom/BCA park when covered with snow. A group of well trained guys in the park when I skied in to see how they were doing. They seemed to have a problem locating one of the sending units which was 2m down. As there are 8 other beacons buried its quite a challenge if more than 3 are on. However the problem was apparent after a while as one of the Pulse beacons had auto reverted to send which is its default setting. The Trackers default is no auto revert unless you press SP mode when switching on. There is a good reason for this. The tip itself is often the safest place to be, and the T2 has a big button you can just bump of yourself to get back into transmit. False signals from auto revert is a major issue at avalanche sites and costs time and lives. Another issue here because of the problem is that some of the group had "marked" either the beacon on auto revert or the buried one so there was some confusion. The T2's simplicity showed it's worth being so accurate down to cm's. That's why these beacon parks are so good as real situations occur and have to be sorted out and its a learning experience for all concerned especially me!