Trip Reports

  • #unepicadventures: Turn around on Mount Rainier

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    When Backcountry Access was calling for #unepicadventures — decision making success stories, Sam Bergeron thought, “Boy, do I have a lot of these backcountry fuck-ups, turn-arounds and lessons-learned to share!” Read Sam’s ultimate #unepic season-ending Mount Rainier ski tour story here.

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  • #unepicadventures: Heading out into the Telluride Sidecountry, Just Before the Gate Closed

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    Supposedly there are routes through Telluride’s Bear Creek side country that avoid most if not all slide paths, but Tim Koehler had not researched enough about the area. The the weather turned to a whiteout. His confidence was low. Read Tim’s story.

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  • #unepicadventures: Hill Banging in the Kootenays

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    The best part of BCA crew’s Nelson pilgrimage video? They got to combine snowmobiling and skiing, and a little skijoring, on their Kootenays’ backcountry trip.

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  • Avalanche airbag deployed as man, dog survive Mt Baker slide

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    John Towne, his dog, and a couple friends were riding the backcountry at Mount Baker in early January 2017 when an avalanche broke. He was in the middle of it and quickly started to sink. Thankfully he was riding with his Float 32.

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  • #unepicadventures: JaFebruary with Adam Ü

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    Filmed over two days in February 2017, this short film by/of Adam Ü showcases a tiny fraction of the skiing potential in Nagano, Japan.

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  • #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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  • #unepicadventures: Sled chatter with the Minot boys, in honor of Snowmobiling Safety Week

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    In honor of International Snowmobiling Safety Week, January 21-29, 2017, Backcountry Access is sharing some Facebook chatter between a group of Minot, ND friends, who regularly hit the road for some snowmobiling and snowbiking #unepicadventures – properly stoked with BCA MtnPro protective gear, of course.

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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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  • #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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