This article first appeared in Avalanche.ca, the journal of Canada’s avalanche community
How much stuff does it take build a rescue toboggan? Skis, shovels, tarps, hose clamps, tape, cord, ingenuity? The list goes on. Over the years I have had a few different set-ups. Recently I’ve discovered the Rescue Bubble, a new option that really works for me. It is specifically designed as an efficient rescue toboggan and it’s made in BC.
Working with local guides and keeping simplicity in mind, the Kootenay Bubble Refinery Co. of the Slocan Valley has created a foolproof design requiring no assembly and strong enough for long-term use.
Published in the ACMG News
The injured party is held in place with a simple parachute cord system, which closes the envelope tightly. There are 3 good-sized handle loops on each side of the sled and one at the head. The haul lines are designed to efficiently pull the occupant with a low center of gravity and are long enough to not have the rescuers awkwardly close to the occupant. The head end haul lines are attached to a very slick head cradle guard that prevents snow from billowing into the occupants face. The Rescue Bubble is sewn well and cleanly but not over done.
Dani Loewenstein is an Assistant Ski Guide from Golden