It all started in the Pacific Northwest in 2008 in cooperation with King County Search and Rescue, Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center, the US Forest Service, WSDOT, and the Summit at Snoqualmie Ski Resort, launching our first installation of new avalanche awareness signs in the Pacific Northwest.
Over 15 years later, close to 1000 BCA Beacon Checkers and hundreds of Are You Beeping? signs are now deployed in locations around the world. From optimized sign materials and graphics to efficient solar powered systems, while also manufacturing the Beacon Checkers for BCA; it's been a passion and a journey. My hope was to continue the program, spread the word, deploy in as many locations as possible, and make it easy for resorts and non-profit groups to acquire and deploy these systems and save lives.
However with increasing supply chain constraints and a lack of free time, let alone spending all winter building checkers and signs, I have decided to no longer build these systems as a side venture. My hope is to open-source some of my designs for the better of the avalanche community and return production of the Beacon Checker back to BCA.
If you need help, replacement parts, repair, or general support, please continue to email firstname.lastname@example.org
All BCA Beacon Checkers orders should be placed directly with Backcountry Access.
See more about the program and contact details at Backcountry Access here
The BCA Beacon Checker Manual can be found here.
Stay Safe out there and Know Before You Go!
The Are You Beeping guy aka Scott
Know Before You Go!
Bellevue, Washington, United States
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