Winter is just around the corner and we’ll be skinning for the goods not soon enough. If you are relatively new to the backcountry, are you familiar with what we consider standard maintenance and safety checks for your highly technical avalanche transceiver? These life-saving devices are critical equipment for every backcountry day and need thorough inspection pre-season, every year.
One of the most often overlooked details that lead to transceiver failure is leaving the batteries in the device over the long summer season or for extended periods without use. More often than not this leads to corrosion on the terminals and WILL cause malfunction. When you remove the batteries make sure the casing and terminals are clean and dry. Below is a list of suggested maintenance checks to keep your avalanche transceiver up to the task of its job.
All of these checks should be done at the beginning of every season before your first day out and if there is any question about a device’s integrity, consult the manufacturer right away. You may need to replace your device, which is a small investment in longevity.
Be sure to guard your device against impacts and drops. The antennas are fragile. If burying it for practice, it’s a good idea to protect it in a pack with tupperware or something that a shovel won’t damage.
For more information and a few additional tips, go to the link below for an interview I did with Women’s Adventure Magazine on this topic two years ago.
Have fun getting your winter kit together and stay tuned for more tech tips from Chicks Climbing and Skiing!
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