BLACK DIAMOND BACKCOUNTRY BETA – PROBING AND SHOVELING

BACKCOUNTRY TIPS FROM BD ATHLETE AND AVALANCHE FORECASTER MIKE BARNEY

Winter is coming, so that means it’s time to not only sharpen your sticks and boards, but also to hone your snow safety skills. 

In the third episode of BD’s new educational snow safety series, avalanche forecaster and BD athlete Mike Barney discusses the strategies used for probing and shovelling during a rescue in the field.

As he explains, these steps are possibly the most physically draining during a rescue, so it’s important to have a handle on the correct techniques of using the probe and shovel.

Check it out:

ABOUT MIKE BARNEY:

Few people spend more days on snow than BD Athlete Mike Barney. He’s been a ski guide for the last 17 years and spends on average nine months every 365 days taking clients into the mountains.

He’s amassed a level of knowledge in the mountains that’s unparalleled, which is why he’s continually sought after by the best guiding outfits around the world.

From Iceland to Chile, Alaska to Silverton, Barney can be found digging pits, shredding lines, and riding shotgun in the heli while guiding clients to the goods.