Backcountry Gear

  • Shaxe Action: Spring into Ski Mountaineering Season with Lightweight Shovel/Ice Axe

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    Ideal for ski mountaineering, the BCA Shaxe saves weight and space in your pack by eliminating the redundant shaft when carrying a separate ice axe. Watch video and read gear reviews to find out why the Shaxe avalanche shovel/ice axe is the ideal tool for both climbing guides and recreationists.

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  • Avalanche Safety for Ice Climbers

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    Have you ever gone into backcountry to ice climb in known avalanche terrain without avalanche safety gear? Matt Wade explains the importance carrying avalanche safety gear when ice climbing in avalanche terrain.

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  • 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 ISPO, 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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