“Stur wie ein Esel.” This was the motto last week at our big two-day Tracker event on the Breithorn Glacier near Zermatt, Switzerland. Roughly translated from German, this means something like, “Follow me like a donkey.” This is what we told the armies of mountain rescue teams from Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Norway and scores of other countries at the International Commission on Alpine Rescue (ICAR) field day at the base of the Little Matterhorn. They weren’t offended, but actually got the message loud and clear that Tracker2 is even easier to use than the Tracker DTS–and infinitely easier to use than other technologies out on the glacier that day.
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Join BCA and the crew from Bent Gate as we welcome another winter season and raise some cash for a few great organizations.
Ski Season Kickoff Party 2009 – a fun, informative early season stoke event to raise money for Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Friends of Berthoud Pass, and the Backcountry Snowsport Alliance
Wednesday September 30, 2009 5pm – 10pm
5-7pm Info sessions & mini clinics throughout the shop covering avy tools / basic avy awareness / backcountry travel / hut to hut system / beacon searches / climbing skins 101 / special deals throughout the store / etc
5-8pm Silent Auction: dps Skis / Icelantic Skis / Choice of… Read more
I spent the weekend of the 12th in Northern Minneapolis at the Hay Days snomobiling event supporting BCA’s newest products (the Float 30, Tracker 2, and the Arsenal Shovels). Hay Days is the worlds largest snomobiling event with attendence reaching almost 30,000 people. People come to check out the latest gear, sell there old stuff, and watch the infamous grass drags.
Here are some photo highlights from the event:
Here comes the ski season. Colorado is seeing its first storm of the season. It may be small, but there’s snow. Bring it on.… Read more
Fall in Colorado is RAD. Not just because skiing is only a month away, but because it’s movie premier season. Premiers in late September often provide the first winter stoke of the year and kick off days of anticipation until that first day on the hill. The best of the best always seem to roll through Boulder, showing highlights from last season that make sorority girls scream and frat dudes blackout. If you’ve never had the opportunity to check out a world premier, let’s just say everyone likes to cut loose and throw back a few in honor of Ullr and a bountiful season ahead.
This year was no different… Read more
Here’s something that was forwarded to us at BCA from the TGR blog. There’s also a bit of a follow up conversation below the video. Bottom line: this was a great recovery effort and the numbers were solid for this scenario: one person buried and 2+ rescuers on hand to perform the beacon, probing and shoveling.
Avalanche Rescue Footage on TGR Forum
And if you’re inspired to brush up on your shoveling technique or learn something new after watching this video, check out Backcountry Access’ education page (shoveling 101) for additional information.
Be careful out there this winter!… Read more
Here’s Adam Sotkin of Backcountry Access in a recent You Tube video, inflating the Float 30. Check it out:… Read more
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BCA athlete Jacqui Edgerly won the first stop on the World Freeskiing Tour this week at La Parva, Chile. She’s the niece of BCA co-owner Bruce Edgerly. She skis with a Tracker DTS avalanche beacon, but that’s not why she won the comp. She won because she charges!
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