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.
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 email@example.com.