For times when a snow professional is less concerned with moving snow for routine chores or not specifically recruited for a rescue operation, the Voilé Telepack Avalanche Shovel is an excellent alternative to Voile's Telepro shovel.
Voile Telepack Shovel
Fitted with the same, bomber scoop as the Telepro, the Telepack features a slightly-shorter, T-handle (rather than a D-grip) for compact stowage inside a pack. Otherwise, the shovel performs equally as well as the Telepro, and also features the same pair of deadman holes for rigging an emergency sled or snow fluke.
But the accolades of the Telepack don’t stop there. First, its large scoop is cold forged to its quintessential Voilé shape from 6061 aluminum. Then the scoop is heat-treated to an impressive T6 temper.
T6-tempered 6061 aluminum has an ultimate tensile strength of 42,000 psi and yield strength of 35,000 psi. So what does all that mean? Let’s just say the end result is a scoop that rivals the strength and rigidity of a heavy, steel scoop you might find on a transfer shovel from a hardware store.
The shovel scoop of the Telepack Avalanche Shovel features a pair of slotted holes. In the deft hands of a snow expert, these “deadman” holes may be used to fashion an emergency rescue sled or snow anchor. (Please don’t rap off the latter into a deep crevasse.)
Part Number 407 Weight(lbs/kg) 1 lb.11oz/0.77kg Length 26.75in/68cm Extended 35.5in/90cm Handle only 15in/38cm Scoop only (LxW) 15x10in/38x25cm Scoop Material 6061-T6 Tempered Benefits/Uses Professional, Compact T Handle, Strongest