Tag Archive: shoveling

Dec 04 2010

Review: Ortovox Kodiak Shovel

When Manuel Genswein decided to investigate if there might be an optimal shoveling technique, he enlisted the help of university students from Norway and shovels from several manufacturers. His observations on what makes a good shovel for digging in hard snow were sobering. Plastic is simply not worth considering. Every brand of “tough” polycarbonate blades …

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Dec 01 2010

The Human Snow Conveyor

A strategy for shoveling snow with measurable improvement. Practicing how to locate a buried victim with an avalanche beacon has become common protocol in avalanche courses, and to a lesser extent, by private parties. However, in the case of a real rescue, locating victims can be accomplished relatively quickly (assuming everyone in the group is …

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