Backcountry Access Blog

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 | 0 Comments

“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

Beacon Overload: Making Sense of Transceiver Multiple Burial Functions

Posted on November 17th, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Check out Ski Patrol Magazine’s article “Beacon Overload: Making Sense of Transceiver Multiple Burial Functions” by BCA’s Bruce Edgerly. It covers real world avalanche rescue and search techniques, with answers to questions like, “How come that icon just disappeared?”, and “How the heck do I get these lights to quit Read more

Check Out Lou Dawson’s Favorable Review of the BCA Tracker3, In stock and ready to order

Posted on September 16th, 2014 by | 0 Comments

“While I’m sure the guts of Tracker3 are as high-tech as you can get (BCA invented the digital beacon, after all), I smiled when I saw they went back to an old tried-and-true design that places a rotating multi-function switch on one corner of the box,” reports Dawson in his … Read more

SAFETY ALERT – Float Trigger Voluntary Recall

Posted on July 1st, 2014 by | 7 Comments


We are conducting a trigger upgrade on all Float packs sold into the marketplace during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons. Please see the attached SAFETY ALERT for details.

This trigger update includes the Float 30, 18, 36, 22, 32 and Throttle. The Float 30 with T-handle is not included. … Read more

Tour Planning: BCA’s latest Prevention Series video

Posted on April 7th, 2014 by | 0 Comments
Backcountry Access "BCA" Tour Planning Video

BCA has added a new avalanche educational video to our three-part “Prevention Series.” Our new snow safety video on tour planning is all about preparing in advance for a big day in the backcountry: 

  • Checking the avalanche forecast;
  • Discussing the plan with your group;
  • Planning your backcountry skiing or snowmobiling
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