During the past few years Bergwacht has shown that it is possible to find avalanche victims quickly thus saving more lives due to modern technology.
Bella Coola, BC (PRWEB) August 17, 2006
Big Mountain Heliskiing, Bella Coola Heli Sports’ newest tours, and Recco Locator Systems ® offers the chance to win a free five day heliskiing/heliboarding trip for two.
Imagine yourself and a friend in 1.5 million acres of the most sought after heliskiing/heliboarding on the planet. With the capabilities to heliski/board on your arrival and departure days this gives you a possible 6 skier days in Bella Coola’s big mountains.
Bella Coola Heli Sports was the first heliskiing operation in the world to use the Recco Locator System as part of their line up of safety equipment. Recco is an avalanche rescue system utilized by more than 500 rescue organizations worldwide to assist in the efficient location of burials.
Bernd Zehetleitner Mountain Guide and rescuer responsible for avalanche rescue training within Bergwacht, Germany says, “During the past few years Bergwacht has shown that it is possible to find avalanche victims quickly thus saving more lives due to modern technology.”
Recco technology enables rapid directional pinpointing of a victim’s precise location using harmonic radar. The two-part system consists of a Recco detector used by organized rescue groups, and Recco reflectors that are integrated into apparel, helmets, protection gear or boots. The reflector is permanently affixed, requires no training for use and needs no batteries to function.
Although similar in search procedure to transceivers, the Recco system is not intended for self-rescue nor is it an alternative to transceiver use in the backcountry. Complementary in function, the system is an additional tool that does not interfere with other rescue methods such as avalanche dogs, transceiver searches or probe lines. The Recco system facilitates a faster organized search for rescuers and provides skiers and snowboarders with one more chance to be found in time.
Bella Coola Heli Sports and Big Mountain Heliskiing provides the Recco system at no cost to all of their guests and staff. Once mounted in boots, helmets or clothing, the locators are their's to keep. Many clothing manufacturers are now including the reflectors in their apparel as does our partner, SOS sportswear.