Backcountry Gear

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

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    The evolution of avalanche gear has necessitated many changes in gear placement when snowmobiling. With the advent of protective airbag vests, a tunnel bag is now a must-have. But what snowmobile gear do you put in each one? If you’re looking to be more nimble on your sled, let your machine carry the weight instead of your back. But don’t compromise safety. A protective airbag vest and tunnel bag are the ideal combo.

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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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  • 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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  • Freeskier Gear Review: BCA Stash 30™ Backpack Best of 2017

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    What good is all the gear you’re getting for this season without the proper pack? No good at all. Make sure you’re transporting all of those valuables properly, whether it’s to and from the mountain, up and down the mountain or anywhere in between. Freeskier has selected the BCA Stash 30 backpack as one of its top packs of 2017.

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  • How I Use My BCA MtnPro Gear Year-Round

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    If it were my choice, I would be using my BCA MtnPro gear year round after a two-week summer break. I would be off to the southern hemisphere to enjoy winter sledding in the Andes. In reality, that’s not quite happening yet. I do use the following BCA gear in the summer and fall: BC Link radios, Stash packs, MtnPro protective vest and MtnPro shin guards. Here’s where I use them.

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