Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mammut's Light Removable Airbag 3.0--the one-pack lightweight backcountry quiver

With the interest around our new much lighter and smaller 3.0 avalanche airbag system, interest in our light weight pack styles has increased.  In particular, because the new 3.0 system packs are so much smaller and so much lighter than before, the Light Removable Airbag, a 30l pack designed for backcountry skiing and riding, has received some extra attention, and with that have come questions about what features it has.  For anyone looking for info, here's a detailed look at this particular pack.

The Light Removable Airbag 3.0, here in use by split-boarder and Mammut product Manager Micha Vollmer in the Swiss alps, is as good a one-pack quiver as we have for lightweight  backcountry tours.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

New Mammut Airbag 3.0 System and Packs: A complete rundown

The leaves are just starting to turn color here and the first snowfalls have landed in the high country!  With that in mind, I wanted to put some information together on our new Airbag 3.0 as people start looking toward the winter season.  Mammut will begin delivering the new Airbag 3.0 system and backpacks to retailers during late September and early October of 2016.  In addition to being much lighter weight and more compact, the new airbags contain several improvements over the previous versions.  Now that a couple of sneak-peek product reviews have been published some people have had questions on exactly what the differences are compared to the previous version, and I want to answer those questions that have come up and provide some more detailed info.  If you've been shopping for a new airbag or are following the technology, this article is for you!

The new Mammut Airbag 3.0 system is much lighter & smaller and has numerous other improvements

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Snow and Avalanche Workshop Schedule

For the coming winter season Mammut is continuing to support the various snow and avalanche workshops being offered throughout the United States. The workshops are valuable opportunities to expand your knowledge of the the avalanche phenomenon, stay current on avalanche safety protocols, see new manufactures equipment, and see friends in the avalanche community. Below is a list of the various Snow and Avalanche Workshops being held this Autumn around the United States. Mammut will be present at most of these events. Please stop by to see the new RAS and PAS 3.0 Airbag line. We have gone to great lengths to reduce weight and have many new models out. Firmware updates and Testing for Pulse Barryvox will be available as well.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Care and Feeding of your Mammut Air Cylinder

Avalanche airbag packs are expensive and they are life-saving equipment, so it's important to maintain them and treat them properly.  The air cylinders are pretty simple things, but a few guidelines and things to be aware of are helpful.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Fleet Management tools and solutions for professional organizations

Sprinkled throughout Mammut’s info about our avalanche transceivers is the phrase “fleet management”.  Many people, including some who manage a fleet of beacons, are not familiar with this term, even though they are already doing it in one form or another.  Hopefully anyone who owns and manages a fleet of avalanche transceivers is already keeping an inventory of what they have, knows when they were purchased, is regularly verifying the equipment is up to date and safe to use, and is aware of and keeping track of any problems—this is Fleet Management. 
The W-Link Adaptor fleet-management tool, pictured with a Pulse Barryvox Transceiver

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Polar Ski Guide Todd Offenbacher Returns From The Antarctic Peninsula.

Mammut Ambassador Todd Offenbacher recently returned from his fourth trip to the Antarctic Peninsula--a unique trip that combines extremely remote ski objectives with incredible decadence aboard the 99 meter icebreaker, The Sea Adventurer. No other trip in the world compares to skiing in this polar environment aboard a floating hotel.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Outdoor Gear Lab Picks the Mammut PULSE

Once again, we are honored that the Outdoor Gear Lab has chosen the Mammut PULSE as the best beacon available. The PULSE was introduced in 2006 but--because of regular firmware updates--continues to be on the cutting edge, and is therefore the top choice of professionals in the field. To see the full review, click HERE.

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Avalanche Project

By Rachel Reich: Project Manager, The Avalanche Project

With exponential growth in both sales and participation in the backcountry snowsports category in the past three seasons, more and more people and groups are venturing out into what was once restricted “out of bounds” on-snow terrain.  Is it any wonder that more avalanche incidents are occurring?

Monday, October 12, 2015

Advanced Review: Micro Search Box and Micro Search Strips

This past weekend, I attended the Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop in Breckenridge, Colorado. Among the many excellent presentations at the CSAW, Pascal Haegli presented his research on avalanche airbags which clearly shows the performance of airbags in avalanches. A summary of this research can be found on our blog here. 

While in Colorado, I had the opportunity to spend a day training with Loveland Ski Patrol and Powder Addiction Snowcats who use fleets of PULSE beacons. We reviewed advanced rescue techniques including: How to Build a Mental Map, Micro Search-Box, and Micro-Search Strip.

For all of us, this day was a excellent opportunity to brush up on our beacon skills--especially the skills that are required to solve even the most complicated searches. We have covered these topics in past blog posts (Tips for Advanced Rescuer and Creating a Mental Map). Be sure to revisit these posts to review these skills as well as many other helpful hints for advanced users.

For advanced users, Mammut has taught for many years that the best way to solve 100% of multiple burial situations--searches that may suffer from overlapping beacon signals--involves using digital and analog signals at the same time. This allows the searcher to build a mental map that clearly shows when signals are being hidden by overlap.

When signal overlap is identified, it is best to revert to ANALOG ONLY and use one of two backup strategies depending on the spacing of the buried subjects (which is determined during you TONE CHECKS). If you are struggling with a close proximity situation, the Micro Search Box is the appropriate backup strategy. When victims or more evenly spaced (more than 3 meters apart) the Micro-Search Strip" is the appropriate backup strategy.

John Gibbons, of Powder Addiction Snowcats, made me aware of this video of Manuel Genswein demonstrating the very efficient and thorough "Micro-Search Strip."   So, if you are brushing up on your beacon skills--which many of us are around now--be sure to watch this great video of Manuel.

If you still have questions after you watch the video, do not hesitate to contact us at