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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.