This is another shovel that seems to be a hit among Alpental’s backcountry fans. It is a very lightweight shovel with a strong aluminum shaft and blade. The unique thing about it is that if you should become part of an avalanche rescue mission and don’t know what to do, you’ll only have to look as far as the shovel scoop. There you’ll find printed instructions on how to proceed to conduct an avalanche rescue search pattern. The back of the blade is flattened to facilitate snow-pack stability testing. Such tests, e.g. the “Rutschblock” test, help to determine how stable the snow-pack is on a given day, i.e. how high or low avalanche danger should be set to. A shovel is needed to isolate a column of snow on which you then exert stress (for example you stand on it) in order to see how much pressure it takes to fracture a weak layer in the snow-pack. A flattened shovel makes it easier to cut into the layers of snow. For accessories, you can buy an optional foldable avalanche probe that can be stored in the shovel’s handle.