Rossland resident funds beacon training park

Eight-station wireless Back Country Access Avalanche Beacon Training Park

  • Jan. 21, 2015 8:00 p.m.

Alicia Wallace

Rossland News

Louis McBride from Rossland’s McBride Design and Construction Incorporated has purchased and installed an eight-station wireless Back Country Access Avalanche Beacon Training Park at RED Mountain Resort (RMR).

McBride had been visiting the area for a number of years before making Rossland his permanent home. As a visitor to the region he enjoyed training in the old avalanche beacon training facility on RMR. The facility had been removed and so last winter; McBride approached the ski hill to re-open this important community asset.

McBride, an avid back country enthusiast saw the need for this training park in the community. A lot of people travelling in the back country do not practice a rescue near as often as they should in order to be efficient in a real life situation.

“For me it’s important and we need one here in the community,” McBride said of the new avalanche training park. This was motivation enough for McBride to fund the training park from his own pocket.

The park can be accessed by taking RMR’s Silverlode chair. The training park is visible from the chair ride on your way to the top. The park does not cost anything to use. As McBride explains he wanted everyone travelling into the back country to be well prepared and acclimatized to searching and using a probe. “I think it is important, also for the sledders and snoweshoers, for all those who travel into the back country,” he said.

McBride imparts the snow pack conditions in the Rossland Range are particularly touchy this year. “In the Rossland Range because of the rain we got a month or so ago it is not so safe here. There has been a lot of avalanche activity locally. A number of slides have occurred, some on the northern side of Mt. Kirkup; this was just before the ski hill opened (for the winter season)”, he said.

To use the system there is a control panel. There are eight switches, one for each of the transceivers buried in the snow. Once you flip the switch on the control panel it will send a signal from the transceiver to your avalanche beacon. If you locate the buried plywood surrounding the transceiver it will send a signal back to the control panel and the red light turns green.  “You can also feel it,” explains McBride.

 

McBride has placed a notebook in control panel and asks the public to sign it as you use the park. He also advises to “be a good back country partner and get out there and hone your searching skills!”

 

 

Just Posted

West Kootenay traffic officers catch 21 impaired drivers Saturday

Checks in Nelson, Castlegar and Trail were set up as part of a national enforcement campaign

CP Holiday Train headed to Castlegar

The festive food bank fundraiser will take place December 12.

Rossland’s Rekindle lights the fire of the Christmas spirit

Kickoff to the festive season always a treat for young and old

WorkSafeBC investigating serious incident at Trail landfill

Incident shuts down McKelvey Creek landfill Friday morning

Nelson and Rossland accepted as interveners in Supreme Court of Canada carbon pricing case

Victoria, Vancouver, Squamish, and Richmond also have intervener status

VIDEO: Kenney lays out key demands for meeting with Trudeau

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney aims for clear signs of federal action on two-day Ottawa trip

Province sues over sailing incident that killed teen with disabilities

Gabriel Pollard, 16, died from injuries after marine lift failed

First Nations want Big Bar landslide cleared ASAP to allow fish passage

Leadership calling for urgent action and resources to remove obstruction on the Fraser

Assessed value of Lower Mainland homes expected to decrease in 2020

Other areas of province may see modest increases over last year’s values

Chilliwack family’s therapy dog injured in hit and run

Miniature pit bull Fifty’s owner is a single mother facing close to $10,000 in vet bills

Cougar destroyed in Penticton area after mauling dog, killing cat

This is the first reported incident with a cougar this year in the Penticton area

Feds not enforcing standards on Hungarian duck imports, B.C. farmer says

‘You have no way of knowing what’s in the bag’

No reports yet of Canadians affected by New Zealand volcano eruption, feds say

Missing and injured included tourists from the U.S., China, Australia, Britain and Malaysia

Most Read