Backcountry Gear

  • Enter Contest: BCA Tubbs Snowshoes Partners Giveaway for Two

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    Enter to win two BC Link Radios and two Tubbs FLEX ESC snowshoe kits (your choice of men’s or women’s models) complete with snowshoes, adjustable poles, gaiters and tote bags. The MSRP of this prize package is $660. Contest ends February 28, 2017.

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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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  • BCA presents 17/18 product line at IPSO, Outdoor Retailer & SIA Snow Shows

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    Backcountry Access will be exhibiting its 17/18 season product line of avalanche and snow safety gear at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, January 9-12, 2017 in Salt Lake City, the Snow Industries Association Snow Show, January 25-31 in Denver, and IPSO Munich, February 5-8, 2017 in Munich.

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  • Backpack or tunnel bag? Proper snowmobile gear placement for mountain riding

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    With the advent of protective airbag vests, a tunnel bag is now a must-have. But what gear do you put in each one? If you’re looking to be more nimble, let your machine carry the weight instead of your back. But always carry an extra shovel on your sled, so you don’t have to remove your airbag to dig out your sled. BCA sled ambassador Mike Duffy reports.

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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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  • Gear Review: What to Carry in Your Ski Pack This Winter

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    Can’t wait to ski this season? Us too! In order to hit the backcountry when the first flakes fall, now is the time to get your gear ready. Following is a list of items our guides carry in their packs on an average day of ski touring.

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  • Why to use a GPS app (like Gaia) while backcountry skiing

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    The best way to travel in unknown or whiteout backcountry terrain is with a GPS device or GPS phone application. Using travel aids is a great way to increase safety and is an important skill for any backcountry traveler to have. It can even help identify potential avalanche terrain before you get there. Mike Alkaitis reports.

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  • Gear Review: Best Poles for Splitboarding

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    It’s -20 degrees Fahrenheit in Jackson, Wyoming, home of Mountain Weekly News, and Mike Hardaker is thinking about doing some climbing to keep warm out in the backcountry. Read why he selected the BCA Scepter 4S in his gear review of splitboarding and ski touring poles.

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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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