April 20, 2017
The history of Earth Day and the EPA is fascinating. Celebrate Earth Day the way it should be this weekend – by getting out into the backcountry and supporting POW – Protect Our Winters.
Spring brings the opportunity to travel higher and deeper into the backcountry. It’s also a time of high activity from loose wet and wet slab avalanches. Now is a great time to have look at late season snow conditions and be reminded of snowpack, weather and terrain conditions to consider when traveling through avalanche terrain.
Have you ever been tempted to leave your airbag behind? Or even your beacon, shovel, and probe because you weren’t concerned about the hazard? This one ought to scare you straight. Joe’s avalanche survival story.
A Minnesota man’s annual snowmobiling trip out west nearly cost him his life. Wade Anderson was riding at the base of a mountain in Wyoming when he got caught in an avalanche. He says he was buried in about three feet of snow and could not move. A pivotal purchase made just before the trip is the reason he is alive.
Three backcountry skiers effectively used their two-way radios last month to instantly communicate the moment an avalanche triggered and began to slide. It’s a good example of the isolated danger of triggering Persistent Slab avalanches. And a great example of safe backcountry travel protocols.
Arriving at Kootenay Pass for his CAA Operations 1 course provided a huge contrast for Martin Lentz. He went from couch surfing around Revelstoke and Nelson with a crew of frothing freeriders to an intense learning environment with a team of experienced backcountry professionals. The experience paid off.
BCA’s newest avalanche beacon training park was featured on 9News “NEXT WITH KYLE CLARK, KUSA”. Watch the broadcast and read the story here!
In continuing to promote avalanche education, Backcountry Access is please to share the new white paper: The Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Avalanche and Nonavalanche Snow Burial Accidents.