A metal rod used to probe through avalanche debris for buried victims.

Avalanche probes are a must for the backcountry. They can knock precious minutes off rescue times in an avalanche situation. Collapsible probes assemble quickly, they’re longer and they slide through the snow much more easily than ski pole probes. Finally they are very lightweight and compact in your backpack.  You will first search for a buried victim with your avalanche beacon, but as you get close to the victim, a probe will help you pinpoint their location, making it possible to dig right to them.