Avalanche Airbag Packs

  • Avalanche airbag deployed as man, dog survive Mt Baker slide

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    John Towne, his dog, and a couple friends were riding the backcountry at Mount Baker in early January 2017 when an avalanche broke. He was in the middle of it and quickly started to sink. Thankfully he was riding with his Float 32.

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  • Watch Video: How to install an avalanche airbag trigger, radio cord and hydration hose

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    In this video, BCA technical service manager Dane Olson shows step-by-step how to install and thread BC Link two-way radios, airbag trigger and hydration hoses into a BCA Float avalanche airbag pack and shoulder sleeve.

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  • Avalanche Rescue: Airbag deployed as skier radios for help on Berthoud Pass

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    On Sunday January 29, 2017, Dustin Opheim was caught in an avalanche near Berthoud Pass on the southeast aspect of Russell. The incident was reported to CAIC. Dustin recounts his avalanche rescue experience in which he deployed BCA Float avalanche airbag and communicated to his group via his BC Link radios.

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  • Powder Jetsetters: Air Travel With an Avalanche Airbag Cylinder Pump

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    Are you flying to an exotic place to chase powder this season, but are worried about bringing your Float air cylinder? Do what BCA, Teton Gravity Research, and other world travelers do and pick up a Benjamin High Pressure Pump.

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  • Snow safety product expert Steve Christie interview on backcountry preparedness

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    BCA snow safety product expert Steve Christie was recently interviewed at Backcountry Access’s Seattle showroom by Glenn Farley of NBC affiliate KING 5 news. As a science and technology reporter, Glenn Farley has written extensively on disaster preparedness, be it from earthquake and tsunami risks, to volcano or wild fire danger. In this video, Glenn interviewed Steve to discuss avalanche avoidance, snow and skiing safety.

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  • Float Airbag Saves Man in Courmayeur Avalanche

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    Overall it was pretty obvious to both me and my ski buddies that day that my airbag pack saved me from serious injury or worse. Not only did my Float avalanche airbag pack keep me above the snow, but when I slammed into a boulder the pack prevented me from being pinned down on it, and instead helped me deflect off.

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  • Wildsnow Gear Review: BCA Float 32™ Avalanche Airbag Pack

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    WildSnow has reviewed various generations of the BCA Float avalanche airbag packs, and Michael Arnold has been using the redesigned BCA Float 32™. Here’s his take.

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  • How to Prep your Avalanche Gear for Summer

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    By Mike Duffy Last winter was awesome, but it’s definitely over. In Colorado, our short season is summer. We all suffer through it. But when winter comes back, we want to be ready to spring to action. When I prep my avalanche gear for summer and put it away, I make sure it is set […]

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  • BCA Float Avalanche Airbag Saves Heli-boarder

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    Nick Polidoro was demo’ing a Float airbag while heli-boarding in March 2016 in Haines, AK. He was caught in an avalanche on Directors North, getting carried over two cliffs—and over 1000 vertical feet. He ended up with his face and toes just above the surface. “Before I pulled the trigger, I had no control whatsoever. Once I pulled it, the whole situation changed: instead of pitch black, I could see white.”

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