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 Mini Avalanche Shovel is an excellent alternative to Voile's Telepro shovel in a smaller package.
Voile Telepack Mini Shovel
Fitted with the same, bomber scoop as the Telepro Mini, the Telepack Mini features a slightly-shorter, T-handle (rather than a D-grip) for compact stowage inside a pack. Otherwise, the shovel performs equally 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, 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 Mini 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-M Weight(lbs/kg) 1lb.8oz./0.67kg Length 23in/58cm Extended 30in/76cm Handle only 13in/33cm Scoop only (LxW) 13.5x10in/34x25cm Scoop Material 6061-T6 Tempered Benefits/Uses Professional, Compact T Handle, Strongest