Winter is a perfect time to get out and enjoy the gorgeous Canadian wilderness and all the amazing activities that are available to us. It is, unfortunately, also a time that we depend heavily on equipment to keep us going. In this case it was the gearbox of a chairlift at Sunshine Village in Banff, Alberta that failed, stranding at least 100 riders and skiers for over an hour.
The news clip is attached below from Global TV and you can see the well-practiced Ski Patrol putting their descender skills to use. It's a great opportunity to see that it doesn't take a lot of gear to perform an effective rescue safely and quickly so long as you are practiced and confident in your skillset.
The "Freakin' Beacon"
User feedback was the driving force behind this design, Koehler BrightStar tells us, and it was important to have a product that was lightweight, durable and bright.
Weighing in at just 97 grams (yes, that includes 2x AAA batteries) and less than 7cm long, this unit is amazingly powerful for its small size.
During the current COVID-19 crisis, many of you have sent us questions on how to disinfect your equipment. Here are the basics that you need to know.