Backcountry Access Blog

What (and How) to Pack for the Backcountry

Posted on February 26th, 2015 by | 0 Comments
BCA 42 by Bjorn Bauer Photography

When it comes to exploring the backcountry, the Float series from BCA literally has your back. These packs are equipped to carry all of your essential backcountry gear and are fitted with BCA’s Float Systems technology. While the best way to survive an avalanche is always learning to recognize and Read more

How To Do Japan: The BCA Guide

Posted on February 19th, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Spine pillows. Japan in January. photo: miles clark

By Miles Clark

The entire ski industry descended upon Japan this year and they did it for good reason. Japan is the fabled land of snow that it’s made out to be. Cold Northwest winds blow off of Siberia, pick up moisture off the Sea of Japan, then dump that … Read more

Hedging Your Bets: How Effective Are Avalanche Airbags?

Posted on February 6th, 2015 by | 3 Comments
Float 22 Descent

There are people in the world who spend as much time thinking about skiing, riding, and sledding as they spend … actually skiing, riding, and sledding. Believe it or not, some of these people get paid to do it, too. Keep that in mind when you’re applying to grad school.… Read more

An Olympian in the Backcountry

Posted on February 6th, 2015 by | 0 Comments
digging AIARE av pit

By Alex Deibold

I have been fortunate enough to spend almost my entire life on snow and within that time I have fostered an incredible respect for the Mountain.

By definition, a professional is “a person engaged in a specific activity as one’s main paid occupation rather than as a … Read more

The Multiple Burial Myth: “Boutique” Versus Reality

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Avalanche Close Up _ Multiple Burial Myth

As winter deepens across North America and Europe and backcountry riders, sliders, and sledders are heading into the hills with new gear. Equipped with skis and snowboards, helmets and harnesses, boots and beacons, these folks are stoked to test out their holiday booty. So am I!

Perhaps no other piece of … Read more

An Ode to Sledding in the Backcountry

Posted on January 20th, 2015 by | 3 Comments
Photo Credit: Flickr/arctic circle

There was an interesting post on a backcountry snowmobiling forum a few years back. It posed the question: “How many of you got a sled to access the backcountry for skiing and boarding and no longer do?”

The unofficial, unscientific tally was that 80% of the people responding to this … Read more

See How it Works – The BCA Tracker3 Avalanche Beacon Video

Posted on January 17th, 2015 by | 0 Comments
BCA Tracker3 avalanche beacon search

Tracker3 is BCA’s newest avalanche transceiver. In this video, BCA’s Andy Wenberg and Bruce Edgerly point out the Tracker3’s key features, including our new Signal Suppression and Big Picture modes for multiple burials. 

T3 is the thinnest, smallest multiple-antenna avalanche beacon available, with the same easy-to-use interface and real-time display … Read more

How John Hereford and the Tracker DTS Revolutionized the Backcountry

Posted on January 16th, 2015 by | 1 Comment

“Avoiding an avalanche in the first place is the big thing,” says the soft-spoken gentleman on the end of the line.

Simple, sage advice, right? It sure is, but it carries even more weight coming from the inventor of the modern avalanche beacon, the Backcountry Access Tracker DTS. John Hereford, … Read more

Close Call in the Indian Peaks

Posted on January 2nd, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Fred Marmsater BCA

By Fredrik Marmsater

Communication between parties/partners in the backcountry is critical, not only in professional guiding or photography scenarios, but also when you’re just out for a few laps with friends. The story below recounts an avalanche incident from the spring of 2014 in the Colorado backcountry. The outcome could … Read more

BCA’s hottest product of the year: BC Link radios

Posted on December 17th, 2014 by | 1 Comment

It’s BCA’s hottest product of the year: our BC Link radios. Talk about the perfect gift! Buy it here.

Our new BC Link product video not only highlights its key features, but it breaks some new ground: the video is hosted by both a BCA skier and a BCA snowmobiler. “Access” … Read more