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Voile Telepro Avalanche Shovel

When you go backpacking or climbing in winter, it is important to bring along an avalanche shovel or a snow claw for prepping tent sites or digging a snow shelter in an emergency. If you’ve in a group, a shovel can often be shared unless you are in an avalanche zone where multiple shovels might be needed to effect a serious rescue.

Voile Telepro Avalanche Shovel

Avalanche Shovel

The Voile Telepro Avalanche Shovel is considered by many to be the best snow shovel available and is used widely by search and rescue personnel. It comes in 2 pieces, a telescoping handle with a D-shaped handle and a large aluminum scoop which can be detached for ease of transport. The D-shaped handle is easier to hold than a T-shaped one that you find on other shovels and the scoop is larger, making this a very efficient tool to use for camp prep or emergency situations.

Weighing 1 lb 14 oz, the Telepro comes in multiple colors with different options. An orange model includes pre-drilled holes which enable the shovel to be used as a snow anchor. This option costs $8 more than the version without holes. These holes also make a great beer bottle opener should you find yourself in a small town motel without twist off caps.

Voile Telepro Avalanche Shovel

If you are doing a lot of high altitude winter climbing, you might also consider the Voile T6 Tech Avalanche Shovel which is 4 oz. lighter and has a built in snow saw that slides into the telescoping shaft. Building snow shelters using a saw can be a lot faster that carving them out with a shovel alone.

The Voile T6 Telepro Shovel is a super tough shovel that is not limited to backcountry use: I’ve bought a second one for my wife to carry around in her car to dig it out when it snows.

Disclosure: The author owns this product and purchased it using their own funds.

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