Backcountry Safety

  • 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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  • 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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  • Wildsnow Gear Review: Tools For Ski Touring Communication – BC Link Radios

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    WildSnow is a strong advocate of using 2-way radios to enhance safety while backcountry skiing. BC Link radios are tried and true, and as the winter season approaches, Jonathan Cooper likes to remind himself – and us – of how important communication is in the backcountry.

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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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  • #unepicadventures: Sledding Deep in the Cariboo Backcountry

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    Sledding and ski touring are two very similar ways to enjoy the Cariboo backcountry with one major difference; the terrain that we’re able to cover in a single day on a snowmobile is far greater. When covering such large distances—and reaching such remote terrain by sled—it’s even more important not to make mistakes.

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