Backcountry Access Blog

Communication in the Backcountry: Can You Hear Me Now?

Posted on March 18th, 2015 by | 4 Comments
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Communication is key. Running a business, nurturing a relationship, deciding on what to eat for dinner–no matter what you’re doing, if you’re working with other people, communication is key. In the world of backcountry, your team has lots to consider, from avoiding avalanches to sniffing out untracked snow. Important stuff!… Read more

First Run Gone Wrong: Why I Ski with the BC Link Radio

Posted on March 12th, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Kevin Luby _ 1

She came out of the steep trees hot and squirrelly, struggling to control her speed because of the oversized pack hanging from her back like a small unruly child. When she fell, I felt her backward twisting fall in my own knee joints. “You alright? Everything good?” we hollered. With … Read more

Reading, Writing and Avalanche Education

Posted on March 5th, 2015 by | 0 Comments

By Lydia Tanner

Sarah Carpenter is a certified badass. A lifelong skier and mountaineer, she’s led many international expeditions, spent years as a ski patroller and is an AMGA certified mountain guide. Six years ago she and her husband Don became co-owners of the American Avalanche Institute (AAI). During this … Read more

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 | 5 Comments

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
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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