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BACKCOUNTRY CHECKLIST

What You Need When Hitting The Backcountry

CHECKLIST

I love the new Jones Snowboard website because there is a page dedicated to worldwide avalanche safety. Because more people are venturing into the Backcountry, there needs to be a full-on educational movement to prepare and keep more people safe and alive as they head from the resorts to the Backcountry.

 No one loves powder porn movies more than the crew at WHITEPOWDERRUNS. We know that only showing the glorious moments of mountain riding is misleading.  You have to show the good with the bad and when you do, we all know that life threatening risks come with some of these rewards.  If one is fortunate enough to be at a mountain over a long time, the influence of the mountains, local stories we hear, and the wisdom granted from the mountain becomes your teachers of surviving the Backcountry.

YOU ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS WHAT YOU KNOW

Understanding these different aspects is essential, but it is mandatory that all of our skiers and riders looking to venture into the Backcountry understand not only what to bring but also how to operate their backcountry equipment.
(BACKCOUNTRY SNOW CHECK)

Whether you are saving someone in your group or someone in another group, preparation is the key. Once while riding Vail Pass, a national backcountry forest in Colorado, our group ran into a distressed snowmobile rider who was pregnant and did not have the necessary tools to escape after a crash. Luckily, our group helped provide emergency evacuation from the mountain to safety.

BACKCOUNTRY
MUSIC VIDEO RE-MIX
"RIC RIGGLER"

We have to recommend that as beginners to the Backcountry, we have to refer to others who understand the mountains. For us who live in the cities, the mountains are very different. And unless you pay attention to and respect any of these mountains, there will be more casualties. In the Backcountry remix music video, although we highlight the great things about riding in the Backcountry and getting access to fresh powder, we ended the video with the rescue that took place in the Backcountry when we rescued a group of North Carolina snowmobilers.

A woman is pulled out of the snow during a rescue in Vail Pass Colorado

PREPARE FOR THE WORSE
HOPE FOR THE BEST

Eli Helmuth gives excellent advice in the BCA Youtube video BCA Prevention Series: Packing for the Backcountry where he breaks down just what one should bring in a backpack when hiking or skinning in the Backcountry. Besides the essentials like skins, poles, a shovel, a transmitter, a probe, nourishment, lights, first aid, and something that can protect you if you have to spend the night on the mountain, Eli goes in-depth explaining how you should approach your upcoming expedition.

BCA Prevention Series: Backcountry Packing

BACKCOUNTRY MUST HAVES


In addition to flotation devices, among your group, make sure you have a first aid kit, nourishment, water, headlamps, GPS equipment. Remember, you might have to divide supplies with others in your group to get community items to base camp.

Wiley Asher instructs other members during a snowmobile rescue.

  1. SKINS - A good set of skins, that you are going to use when you ascend the mountain.  It is really sticky and sometimes really cold out so you want to practice off the mountain so your transitions are smooth and painless.
  2. POLES - A good set of poles are essential for a skier and a snowboarder of the backcountry.  Besides using it for the hike up, poles end up coming in handy in unconventional ways.  It is recommended that they are sturdy and can handle a little pressure, but they are also compact, so they can easily pack in your backpack.
  3. SHOVEL - A good compactable shovel is essential.  Having a shovel that is sturdy and can dig, but is also can fit in your back pack is key for your backcountry adventure.
  4. PROBE - A probe is used during an avalanche search when a respondant is pinpointing where a possible buried object or person can be.
  5. TRANSMITTER/also known as BEACON - A good transmitter with good batteries is one of the most essential tools needed before even considering the backcountry.  Wear it in a way that it is reachable and do transmitter checks with everyone in your group before going into the backcountry.(HOW TO CONDUCT A SUCCESSFUL TRANSCEIVER SEARCH).
  6. FIRST AID KIT - Among your group members, prepare for the worse and make sure someone has a first aid kit in the event of an emergency.
  7. NOURISHMENT AND WATER - This can be handled by the individuals or as a group.   Just make sure that you have enough nourishment for the adventure, and a couple of emergency items tucked away just in case.
  8. CHANGE OF CLOTHES - Although it is never a guarantee, it is wise to check the weather and pack based on all the possibilities you might experience on the mountain.  

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