INTRODUCING THE LYTE PROBE
The Lyte Probe is designed to give backcountry snow travelers and snow scientists more information about the snowpack. It is a set of ski poles, or, a longer collapsible version that both contain patent pending sensors near the tip that are designed to gather information about the snowpack. These readings will be instantly transmitted to the user’s smart phone. By inserting the probe into the snowpack the user will be given a layer profile of the snowpack. These readings are meant to be correlated to a snow pit in order to identify and track potential dangerous layers. It is not meant to be used as a stand alone tool for avoiding avalanches, but instead as another tool in your repertoire of avalanche avoidance and rescue techniques.
LYTE PROBE FEATURES
We strongly believe that data sourced by the community should always be available to the community when they want it. This means that you can have your data anytime. We strive everyday to make this process as seamless as possible. That’s why we keep our data in a CSV format so pretty much anyone can use it.
Typical measurements take less than 45 seconds from removing the basket to viewing snowpack data on your phone. Want to take several readings without your phone in your hand? Leave your phone in your pocket and take all the readings you want, if you are connected to the app then readings are automatically upload as you go.
We know your ski poles take a beating. That’s why we designed the Lyte probe to be extremely durable. During the 2016-2017 winter the Lyte probe was tested over 4000 times across the Western United States by nearly 40 different users. Internally we spend quite a bit of time trying to break it in the field. Don’t believe us? Checkout our Instagram for the javelin test.
The Lyte Probe is based on dozens of published peer reviewed journal articles. We have spent countless hours reviewing the science to ensure that we are bringing the most up to date information and chasing the best ideas that will help you make better decisions in the backcountry.
Want to do research with Lyte probe? You can have access to any part of the data via the USB connection on top. We have software that enables you to have access to any part of our data at any stage of processing so you always know what data you’re extracting. The software comes with lots of options to change how the probe operates so you can explore your own research questions…not just ours.
Prominent Crust We headed out with the Sawtooth Avalanche center to do some testing via the side country at Bald Mountain. The Lyte probe picked up a wind/sun crust that really easy to find in our hand hardness profile! The grain type observations showed that this crust had faceted crystals on both sides of the […] Read More
Opening an area for Cat Skiing We joined the Soldier Mountain Cat skiing guides while they were determining the viability of a trip. Opening a designated guiding area requires an immense amount work to make trips as safe as possible. The Soldier Mountain guides had already spent several days trying to cover all of their terrain […] Read More
Abstract The infrared light spectrum has proven to be an area with great potential for snow science. Most of the work performed to date has been to understand the optical properties of snow and often is convoluted by terms that are not easily understood. Consequently, the research regarding infrared light in snow science is not […] Read More
This was the first day we got good looking readings with the depth algorithm. Jake went up and did a hand hardness profile in a pit, then took readings right next to the pit to compare. What resulted was not an exact replica of his hardness profile, however, it was consistent readings that identified noteworthy […] Read More
Micah was skiing at Anthony Lakes with his wife Sharon. As he was skiing through the trees, he came to a steep clearing. Feeling as though this clearing could present itself as an avalanche hazard, he took a quick reading. This was his result… The dark line in the middle gave him reason to […] Read More
This reading was taken last year at Mores Creek summit. We were spending the day in an avalanche pit and testing the probe to see if it correlated with our pit profile. Upon digging, we found a layer of faceting around 90cm down. Even with the old version of the probe, we were able to […] Read More
Drew was born and raised in Northern California, but moved to Boise, ID in 2012. He has a passion for leadership, entrepreneurship, and a love for the outdoors. He has experience in both owning businesses, leading organizations and working with outdoor recreational outfitters. Drew spends the majority of his free time being physically active either playing soccer, going to the gym or hitting the river to navigate whitewater.
Micah hails from Baker City, OR. He has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Boise State, and completed his undergrad at University of Alaska, Anchorage. After finishing school, Micah spent time working in Alaska where he harnessed the skills for innovation and idea creation. If his mind isn’t the most valuable item, then it surely has to be his wit. Micah spends his time whitewater kayaking, backcountry skiing, and playing competitive rugby. He also loves to work on his dirtbag status, just watch how he used to mount his kayak on his ’92 Geo Metro if you want proof.
Chief Executive Officer
Ryan has spent time living all over the U.S. and has been lucky enough to paddle rivers, and make turns in multiple different states. He has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, and extensive experience in prototyping and design. Don’t let his education and work experience fool you, he’s a ridiculous individual with a sense of humor beyond the comprehension of your average bear. If he’s not making designs on the computer or building things in the lab, you can find him mountain biking in the beautiful foothills of Boise, Idaho.
Chief Operations Officer
Jake comes to the team from Snohomish, WA. Jake is an avid backcountry skier, whitewater kayaker, and all around adrenaline connoisseur. Jake graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology. He is in charge of our newsletter and testing aspects of our team, and he leads with an iron fist, or kayak paddle.
Meet Adrian or as we call him the Swiss Lord of Electrons! Adrian performs all of our circuit design and firmware development and does it really well. Adrian received a masters in electrical engineering from Boise State University in 2013 and has lots professional experience as an EE. Adrian started out doing contract work for RAD and it quickly became apparent that our team needed him. Adrian is dedicated to solving problems and works tirelessly on making sure our system is the best.
Garren is by far the quietest of us all. From his stents of quietly listening, he will offer up bits of software wisdom and the occasional comedic relief. He has an immense amount of experience developing databases and data analytics. Garren heavily guides our software decisions and actively develops our interfaces. Outside of RAD, Garren trains for triathlons and loves backpacking in the Idaho wilderness.
Kyle has a masters in computer science and a bachelors in electrical engineering, which makes him an incredible bridge between our software packages and the electrical design. Most of Kyle’s efforts are focused on app development. Originally we contracted Kyle to build our first app but felt that his insight and vision for the development vastly exceeded our own teams ability so we asked to join us permanently. Besides wowing us with his software magic, Kyle enjoys being a father of 2, bicycling and playing soccer.