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Beacon, shovel, and probe—don't leave the lifts without them.

Besides experience and training, staying safe in avalanche terrain hinges on a trifecta of gear: beacon, probe, and shovel. Backcountry Access took all the guesswork out of assembling such a kit and outfitted the Essentials Package with all three tools. Inside, you'll find the most widely used beacon on the market, the Tracker DTS, the best-selling B-1 Ext shovel with extending handle, and the lightning-fast assemble 240 Probe. Whether you're a novice taking his or her first steps beyond the rope or you're a seasoned vet looking for simplicity and reliability, this package contains everything you need to locate a burial victim quickly, find and mark the burial beneath feet of snow, and then save a life by digging deep and fast—that's the trifecta at work. 

  • Tracker DTS operates with utter simplicity—a single push-button switches between transmit and search modes
  • Beacon’s digital display shows both distance (in meters) and direction to the signal that you're tracking
  • Tracker DTS Beacon operates on the industry standard 457kHz frequency, and beacon is compatible with all other beacons on this same frequency
  • Profile 240 Probe features a quick-tensioning system for fast assembly when seconds count
  • Probe depth markings read in one-centimeter increments for the most accurate measurement
  • Burly, lightweight B1 Extendable Shovel has an unbeatable strength-to-weight ratio that won’t let you down when you need to dig deep and fast
  • Oval-shaped shaft and t-grip handle both aid with leverage while you dig and give you the most secure grip on your shovel
  • Shovel blade includes a crowned edge that pierces through thick, icy debris with ease, and pre-drilled holes create attachment points for fashioning a snow anchor or rescue sled
  • Please Note: All of these tools go a long way to ensuring your safety, however, nothing is a replacement for proper education and guidance. Take an avalanche safety class and get the experience and practice you need before you venture beyond the resort.

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Can this go back to 35% off?? I swear it...

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Can this go back to 35% off?? I swear it was just last week this was just around 200 bucks and I was waiting for my paycheck to come in so I could buy it. It comes in and I go back online to buy it but now it just shot up 50 bucks!! If you bring it back ill buy it for sure.

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call our gearheads at 1-855-485-8178, they may be able to help you out.

5 5

just it - the essentials

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

hopefully you never find yourself in a situation where you'd need to use these tools, but it does happen. this is a great package for those beginning to get out into the backcountry - the beacon is incredibly easy to use (though practicing with it is highly recommended), and the probe and shovel are super durable.

If you buy the items separately ala carte...

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If you buy the items separately ala carte they are 238.90 + tax
what's up?

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It looks like they are $246.38 when bought separate, John. With all the sales we have going on now, I would imagine that is why the package is less of a "deal" now.

You can always jump on Live Chat and see if a gearhead can work with you on an order, we're here to help!

What beacon is included? Tracker 1?

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What beacon is included? Tracker 1?

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Its the DTS Tracker.

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Buyer beware

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

So I got two of these - one for me, one for my wife. We were on an Avy class with both sets being brand new, and our guides both expressed grave concerns with the beacons. First, mine failed to give an accurate distance reading at close range. In the field, I overshot buried beacons, in the cabin, it read 10 meters when the other beacon was directly in front of it, touching it. My wife's beacon gave distance readings at close range that were double that of every other beacon used for the same drill. Based on that alone, we're returning both.

The probes are awesome. The end mechanism is really easy to separate when closing it. Otherwise, it's like any other probe. The shovels weren't to our liking. Too hard to click in the buttons with gloves on (we were in 50 mph winds, taking off the gloves wasn't an option).

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So your class didn't go over flux lines very well I take it? There can be bad transmitter\recievers in beacons from time to time. usually a recall is in order, be sure to contact BCA about an issue such as that.

I've noticed the price has been as much...

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I've noticed the price has been as much as 50% less then the price right now! Will there be a after Christmas sale?

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With an item like the Backcountry Access Essentials Package, you can safely bet it will be on sale again soon. This is a very seasonal item. If we still have some in stock come mid to late January, there is a good chance the remaining stock will go on sale. However, that is only a guess based on previous circumstances and it is always possible that we will sell out them before then.

5 5

Excited to use, but hope I don't have to

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just got this package and so far have only been able to play with it a bit, but it is awesome. I love that the beacon can find multiple beacons. Super easy interface and very user friendly.

Is this gonna go on sale again as it was...

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Is this gonna go on sale again as it was in april.

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We are always running different deals and sales throughout the year but they are largely based on demand and other elements that are not super predictable. But please check back often as we have it at a price that works for you at some point in the near future.

can this beacon find multiple skiers...

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can this beacon find multiple skiers buried?

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Hi Lemur,
It sure can find multiple buried signals!
it has a double antenna and is programmed to search for the strongest signal first.

I was wondering if this package is good...

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I was wondering if this package is good for an inexperienced user. Is the shovel light and compact, and would this all fit in most backpacks?

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Hey Shawn,

Absolutely. The DTS beacon is one of the easiest to use and most accurate beacons on the market. It's simple but intuitive design makes this great for all users, including beginners. The package may not be the lightest thing on the market but yes, fits in most backcountry oriented packs and is incredibly durable. On sale at $224.96, this package is a crazy good deal.

5 5

Great package!

This was a great package and at a really good deal on I saw it on sale and picked it up. Very easy to use and all items are lightweight. No beacon is easier to use and the shovel and probe are super sturdy. Very happy with this purchase.

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This package is perfect. High quality avy gear in one package for a reasonable price, and now that it is on sale the whole package is cheaper than most of the beacons themselves.
The gear has not failed me yet, and I hope it never will!

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Check the Batteries!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have only used my new avi gear a few times, but the batteries are already going bad. I think the first day I was out, the beacon showed I was at 73% by the end of the day and by the second day of use, it had gone down to 47 and then precipitously dropped to the 20s. I will be replacing the batteries ASAP and then, hopefully the beacon will function fine. So, I recommend testing the batteries in your kit before heading out in the backcountry!

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I would also make sure to use Alkaline Batteries if you aren't already. Unfortunately rechargable batteries aren't recommended for any beacons.