Backcountry Safety

  • #unepicadventures: Averting the Danger Zone in Kagura, Japan

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    It was storming so hard none of the upper lifts were running. So I skied down to the lower part of the mountain, alone, under the gondola lift line in a perfectly spaced birch forest to check out the terrain park. Too bad he didn’t see this sign or the major warning posted in the gondolas–about the “Never Come Back” zone down in that valley. Read Edge’s #unepicadventures in Japan.

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  • BCA Ambassador Lel Tone: Leading the #WomensMarch in Snow Safety

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    To celebrate the #WomensMarch, BCA is highlighting one of our favorite longtime ambassadors, Lesley “Lel” Tone. Whether it be patrolling, guiding, or instructing AIARE or SAFE AS courses, Lel Tone leads by example and is paving the way for women in the avalanche and snow science industry.

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  • #unepicadventures: Scouting big lines in the Uintas

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    Big approach, big down lines. With the Uintas Mountains notoriously weak continental snowpack, most people usually wait until later in spring to ski there. But due to an uncharacteristic boomer snowpack and a month plus of high pressure, Weston and Shaun decided to go for a scouting mission. They ended up backing of the line of their dreams, but scoring major “beta” on this area for the next time.

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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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  • Avalanche Training 2 Course Emphasizes Safe Terrain Approach

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    Although much of what I had learned in my Avy 1 was refreshed for me in the AST 2, there was more emphasis placed on approaching terrain. This is something that I have dwelled on in the past. What’s the safest and most efficient way to get up there? Wiley Miller reports.

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  • #unepicadventures: Second Round on Idaho’s The Devil’s Bedstead

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    Turning around from a mountain objective provokes mixed emotions: a jumble of disappointment and questioning, pride and relief. Once the decision to turn around has been made, it is the right decision. It was May 2015 and spring ski conditions were looking prime in at The Devil’s Bedstead in Idaho, a mountain that McKenna Peterson had been wanting to conquer for years.

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  • BCA’s Most Viral Backcountry Ski & Sled Posts of 2016

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    The Backcountry Access community shared reactions and comments in record numbers in 2016. Here is a review of the top organic viral Backcountry Access Facebook posts for 2016 – from serious to lighthearted.

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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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  • #unepicadventures: Saving Crystal Peak for another day

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    As someone relatively new to the backcountry scene, Dan Scannura’s opportunities for decision-making have been few and far between. After countless hours of avy training, watching videos, and dreaming, it was finally his turn to strive for epic adventures (and experience some un-epic ones too!)

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