Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Steven L. Thompson
Avalanche Instructor 

There is a New Educator in Town


Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

A snowmobiler searching for a hidden beacon in the new transceiver training park at the Elsina/Dinah warming hut. Members of the Driftriders Snowmobile Club covered four beacons with plywood and buried them two - three feet deep in the snow. This allows anyone with a transciever the opportunity to test their ability to locate the signal buried in the snow and find the buried object using their probe when they hit the plywood. "We've needed this for a long time," said avid Seeley Lake snowmobiler Dave Sharbono. "This is a public service to be able to test our beacons."

SEELEY LAKE - Imagine you are with a group of five friends on a snowmobiling outing in the Seeley Lake area. The weatherman has just blessed your group with 12 inches of "cold smoke" and everyone is having a wonderful time. Then, the unthinkable happens and an avalanche swallows everyone in your group except you. It is up to you and your skill set to find and save your friends who will likely die of suffocation in 15 minutes.

That scenario is a nightmarish possibility for anyone who skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles in the backcountry. Folks who recreate in and around avalanche terrain should...

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