Beacon, shovel, probe. Your dawn-patrol mantra. The holy trinity. However you think of it, Ortovox is looking out, helping to make your life easier and safer by offering all three backcountry essentials together in the 3+ Avalanche Rescue Package because they only really work when they're all together. The 3+ Avalanche Beacon, Beast Shovel, and 240 Light PFA Probe, combined with education, experience, and careful decision making, are the most important tools you can take with you into the backcountry.
The grandaddy of the package is the 3+ Avalanche Beacon, a 3-antenna digital beacon with a 40m range that runs on a single AA alkaline battery. It can search for and flag up to 3 burials, with an icon that indicates if there are 4 or more, and an intuitive circular display that shows distance and direction, complete with audio cues for easier searching. There's also a secondary avalanche switchover, which will switch back to transmit if it senses the beacon hasn't moved in 120 seconds, indicating the searcher has been buried in a secondary slide. In transmit mode, the beacon will automatically send its signal from the antenna that's oriented at the most favorable angle, eliminating dead spots and signal traps that can drastically reduce the range of a transmitting beacon. A self-test occurs every time it switches on to ensure that it's in good working order, and Ortovox included a Recco reflector, so the 3+ still has limited transmit functionality even if it runs out of batteries.
Once you've located a burial with your beacon, break out your 240 Light PFA Probe and assemble it using the quick and easy PFA tensioning systemone pull on the T-grip handle and the Dyneema cord snaps the probe into place, giving you 240cm of lightweight aluminum probing power. The 240 has an EVA foam grip to make assembly and search slip-free, and depth marks to help with snowpack analysis. You've established the location of the victim, so now it's time to dig. Grab the light and rigid Beast Shovel and cut through the snow with its hard, sharpened blade, rubberized grip, and rapid-locking telescoping handle. As soon as it stops moving, avalanche debris sets up like concrete, so super tough and strong aluminum is the order of the day for the blade and handle, and the oval-cross-section hybrid D/T grip provides excellent power to help you move snow. Think of your 3+ Avalanche Rescue Package as an insurance policyyou never want to need it, but there might come a time when you're glad you've got it.