June 25, 2019
Paddle, ride, climb, hike or bike, here are 5 ways to use BC Link two-way radios in the summer.
“My spidey senses are tingling,” Kyle said as we neared the end of the Ingraham Flats. Nick agreed, saying, “Yeah, I don’t like this.” BCA’s Hayden Fake reports on how to climb and ski Mt. Rainier given conditions and group decisions.
Backcountry skiing as it was meant to be: figure it out on your own. No run maps or hut log with ski routes described therein. Long glacial runs and ski-mountaineering summits, with endless vistas. BCA ambassador/rep Minot Maser reports with photos by Susanna Girolamo.
Tambopaxi Lodge on Cotopaxi Volcano and Tatoo Adventure Gear in Quito were the sites of Ecuador’s first-ever public AIARE avalanche courses. BCA ambassador Diego Allolio reports.
Do you always need to bring a Float pack? Here are some thoughts from BCA ambassador Mike Alkaitis on how he decides to bring a Float pack on a tour.
While these springtime avalanche tips cover Alaska, they are relevant and can be applied to any backcountry mountain region in the world, whether in the Cascades, Sierras, Rocky Mountains or the Alps.
Avalanche training can never start too young or early, as was evident with the Taos Winter Sports Kids and the IFSA Jr. Athlete team down at Taos Ski Valley this season. BCA Ambassador Josh Kling reports.
When the cornice broke, Snowbiker Marty Mann was carried 100 feet down the slope and buried. When the mass of snow stopped moving, Mann discovered he was essentially buried standing up, miraculously with his airbag deployed and an air pocket around his face enabling him to breathe.
Being the leader of a group avalanche rescue exercise is the most valuable experience you can have in your avalanche education. It will prepare you to deal with many more ‘human’ variables – like the realities of site control and “renegade signals” that add complexity to an avalanche rescue.
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