During our avalanche rescue training sessions we discuss the complexities of arranging for professional assistance: avalanche search, medical, air or ground transportation, or personal or equipment evacuation.
Follow this link OR click the image to print off a Trip planner that you can use create a solid action plan should any type of emergency arise during your riding day. Think ahead and gather important resources and contact numbers. Efficient actions can save lives.
Sample Backcountry Trip Planning Form (adapted from Parks Canada)
A good procedure is to contact the RCMP first. They can respond or they will transfer the incident to the local Search and Rescue organization. In any case a task number (file number) is needed before any organization has the authority to respond. CLICK HERE to review the webpage that lists BC RCMP numbers.
For a complete listing of all resources for the mountain areas of Alberta and British Columbia check out this RESCUE RESOURCE DIRECTORY assembled by the CAA (Canadian Avalanche Association – Professional organization) Helicopter companies and snowmobile clubs are also listed. CLICK HERE OR on the image to the right for the CAA Rescue Resource List
This is a 2 Megabyte file. It may take some time to download.
More snowmobilers are carrying satellite phones. 911 does not work from Iridium satellite phones. Some cellular phones will not accept phone calls from Satellite phones unless their phone plan includes International Incoming Phone calls. Carry local RCMP detachment numbers for the communities that you typically ride in.
inReach – Two-way Messaging!
Two-way communication becomes two-way texting when your inReach is paired with a smartphone or the PN-60w GPS. Now you can both send and receive messages — that means interactive SOSmessages, text messages, emails, social network updates, etc., and full GPS navigation. In short, an affordable remote satellite connection. NOTE: Messages must be sent to a texting capable device, not a landline.!
For more info check out the InReach website
SPOT – Satellite Personal Tracker – The video clips available on the website are great.
For more information please go to the SPOT Website
For more information on emergency communication methods CLICK HERE
I would appreciate your feedback if any of my assumptions and suggestions could be improved. Feel free to contact me!