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Outdoor Climbing Avalanche Evac 7 Black Diamond
Evac 7

Shovel or Spade for Ice Climbing and fast avalanche response.

£58.36 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Avalanche Quickdraw Tour Probe 320 Black Diamond
Quickdraw Tour Probe 320

£53.89 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Avalanche Deploy 7 Black Diamond
Deploy 7

Small, tough and light shovel to help rescue people stuck in avalanches

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Outdoor Climbing Avalanche Steel Blade Shovel Grivel
Steel Blade Shovel

A shovel which mates perfectly with the Munro and some of the other axes from Grivel. It's very light (450g), fits onto the end of your axe so has a good handle length, but can be used with it's own fixed handl...

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Outdoor Climbing Avalanche Quickdraw Tour Probe 240 Black Diamond
Quickdraw Tour Probe 240

The Black Diamond Quickdraw Tour Probe 240 cm is best suited for shallow snowpacks, lightweight tours and avalanche rescue practice.

Avalanche

Avalanches can strike you when you are carrying out any pursuit (even drinking coffee in a valley cafe in the Alps in winter), but the people that tend come into conflict with them the most are climbers and ski-mountaineers.

As you won't be able to buy any of these items straight after you have been avalanched (wap phones don't work under 10ft of snow) it's worthwhile being prepared. Anyone skiing off piste should be carrying a tranceiver like the M2 from Ortovox or the Mammut Pulse Barryvox, and they are something that could be recommended to all winter mountaineers.

Black Diamond's Avalung is a great tool for helping you to breath if you do have the misfortune to find yourself avalanched. It helps extract air from the snowpack and expels carbon dioxide into a different area of the snowpack to reduce ice masking and CO2 poisoning. For full detailed info and some interesting statistics on surviving avalanches click here.

Any climbers heading into the mountains for a prolonged stay will more than likely be expecting to build some form of snow shelter, if not a full-on cave. You'll need a light, strong and compact snow shove like the Black Diamond Deploy 3 or Transfer 3. If you carry a Grivel Munro or similar walking axe with a straight shaft, you can save weight by combining it with a Grivel Steel Shovel Blade to make an effective snow shovel. A good shovel will also come in handy for digging out avalanche casualties.

Other useful equipment for casualties and rescuers can be found in our First Aid and Emergency section. If you want to learn more about avalanche risk and avoidance, see our range of Instructional Books.

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