Success Stories

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    Meesh Hytner – Snake River Avalanche Airbag Save (Video)

    I was able to deploy my Float shortly after the crown of a snow cornice broke. Dramatic to watch.

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    Daron Rahlves – Alaska Avalanche Airbag Save (Video)

    Rahlves decision to pull his BCA avalanche airbag saves him from falling into a crevasse and getting buried.

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    Hunter Schleper – BC Link Helps Prevent Avalanche Burial (Video)

    Hunter Schleper receives radio alert to dodge this avalanche. Amazing video - listen and watch what happens.

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    Filip Popov – Bulgaria Avalanche Airbag Save (Video)

    At first I thought the avalanche was too small, but when I could not see the sky anymore, I got scared and pulled the trigger.

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    Guy Pope-Mayell – New Zealand Avalanche Beacon Rescue (Video)

    I never saw the avalanche coming. Next thing I know, I am buried two meters deep. “This is it,” I thought.

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    Dan Caruso – BCA Tracker Avalanche Rescue

    After an epic morning of powder skiing, we traversed across a small face to access some spines. It was right in the middle of the ski area, but deadly nonetheless.

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    Bob Turgeon

    Believe it or not, I’ve had to use my Tracker twice. Both times I was skiing with a Heli-skiing company. I picked up the signal before guide, so I ended up doing the search.

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    Fer Barrios

    I descended an exposed slope in the Pyrenees when a crown broke above me. I was buried five feet deep with no air pocket. I felt like I was dying until I heard voices calling my name.

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    Janina Kuzma

    The avalanche hazard was high and we were just trying to get out of there. Our rescue was fast and efficient. I had the right beacon, probe and shovel, and knew how to use them.

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    Jeff Swaan

    Jesse got stuck High Marking and the whole hill came down on him. He was buried almost five feet deep. If it weren’t for that avalanche beacon, Jesse would be dead.

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    Jason Anthony

    Practice really paid off. I popped out of my binding and pinpointed my partner to less than a meter with my Tracker2, not even bothering to probe before I started shoveling.

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    Jeff Nass

    We knew the hazard was high but thought we could ride it out. This was a mistake. Don`t ever assume you can ride out of an avalanche. A minor snow sluff can turn into a real snow slide.

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    Ken Wemp

    We got them both out alive. The reality is that having multiple signals on the surface is actually more difficult than having multiple victims buried beneath the surface.

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    Matt Potratz

    I triggered a large avalanche, which pummeled me through rocks and trees and buried me. Thanks to my BCA Tracker avalanche transceiver, I was quickly located.

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    Randall Stacy

    I was a 16-year-old kid who knew very little about the backcountry. I was buried for eight minutes and I was dug up by friends. The BCA Tracker saved my life.

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    Rick Johnson

    The snow slide totally took us by surprise. We'd skied this line hundreds of times before and never had had a slide. I didn't panic. I went through the beacon search like a robot.

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    Spencer Curran

    As a novice 17 year old kid riding in the backcountry for the very first time, I was able to use the Tracker DTS avalanche transceiver with ease and save a life.

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    Todd Weselake

    After realizing I was certainly dead, I must have passed out. Having a well-trained friend with a BCA Tracker avalanche beacon saved my life that day on Mt. Proctor. It's quite a story.

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    I was skiing a west-facing slope near Scotties Bowl in late December when a slab broke off a few feet above me. I immediately deployed my airbag and attempted to self-arrest.

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    W.D. Frank

    To save me from my near-death burial in an avalanche at White Pass, WA, my ski partner used his Tracker to find my Tracker as I lay face down and unconscious under 3 1/2 feet of snow.

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