PSA, Backcountry Access is conducting a survey of folk’s avalanche experiences. If any of you WildSnowers have ever participated in an avalanche victim rescue or recovery, please fill it out so they can get some meaningful data to cut through all the guesswork that seems to be driving beacon design. Do it here.
Providing your contact info is optional, but if you do BCA will send you stuff such as hats and T-shirts (known by pirates as swag, or hip WildSnow readers and backcountry skiing outdoor industry insiders as “schwag”) But, you’ve probably already got T-shirts and hats spilling out of your closet. In that case, file a good story with the survey and if BCA uses your tale in anything they publish, they’ll update your beacon, shovel, probe or backpack to the latest BCA model. That’s pretty major pay for a bit of writing. So get on it folks (note, this survey is for rescuers, not victims).
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.