In Chile ski patrollers wages start at $475 USD a month. Ski areas are supposed to provide beacons but many do not. Many of these patrollers and workers must support a family on this salary and are not able to buy personal avalanche beacons. Beacons are a life saving tool which come hand in hand with working in a mountain environment. They are one of the only hope for saving a buried avalanche worker from otherwise near certain death.
The goal of this project tool into the hands of those who otherwise could not afford it. All organizations who receive these tools will ensure that beacons will stay not with an individual but with the organization. The beacon users receive training on how to perform a partner and group rescue. This training will be ongoing year to year as staff changes, and rescue strategies evolve.
The beacons and rescue gear come from three origins: Donated by previous users (and checked for range in send, search and flux line drift), Donated by sponsors, and purchased through fundraising events. (please go to our “Getting Involved” page for more information.)