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How We Tested Avalanche Beacons

Friday March 30, 2018

Lead tester Ian Nicholson has spent more than a decade guiding, mountaineering and backcountry skiing. He works for the Northwest Avalanche Center, has taught more than 70 Level 1 and Level 2 AIARE avalanche courses and is an IFMGA mountain guide. He has tested all these devices side-by-side in numerous avalanche courses and by countless hours of individual and direct comparisons.

OutdoorGearLab beacon reviewer Ian Nicholson performing a Rutschblock test while teaching an AIARE Level 1 course. Ian has taught over 80 Level 1 and Level 2 avalanche courses over the past 12 years.
OutdoorGearLab beacon reviewer Ian Nicholson performing a Rutschblock test while teaching an AIARE Level 1 course. Ian has taught over 80 Level 1 and Level 2 avalanche courses over the past 12 years.