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Airbags, i-Probes, & Avalungs:
Believe it or not, we’re talking about backcountry ski gear. Specifically, avalanche safety gear. With 100’s of products on the market these days it’s hard to know what it all does, and just what it is that you really need when you’re skiing beyond the boundaries. A shovel, beacon, and probe are still the standard, but what about all this other innovative gear? I’d argue that a lot of the new gear is great, and could be just the ticket if you’re in a particular jam. (Although none of it compares with education, training, and years of backcountry experience). So the question still remains, what products do you buy?
Finally have a flyer for Winter 2012. Avalanche courses and Backcountry skiing dates listed!
Here is a blog entry from Andy. A client of mine on Mt. Rainier last year. It's not a short entry, but he tells a good story and you're sure to chuckle a few times. He goes into great detail, from pre-trip training in Texas to the actual climb.
Here's a little teaser.
"To be honest my lungs, legs, and brain had all become separate entities that I had spent the last two hours (of our five hour push to the summit) arguing, cajoling and pleading with – sometimes in my head and sometimes out loud. Apparently Lungs and Legs were not happy that Brain had gotten us into this....."
Here is a short article I wrote for Sierra Journal for those who enjoy time away from it all.
"After a few days away from civilization, everyone starts to change, values change, etc, etc.... Suddenly, people must make their place in a new society based upon what they can actually do and what they really are.”
READ MORE: http://www.sierrajournal.com/2011/01/05/expedition-behavior/
There are a lot of options when it comes to staying hydrated in the backcountry. Here's a post I wrote for Sierra Journal about the pros and cons of the camelbak: