Get educated, it could save your life!
Education, equipment, experience, the necessities for safe back country use!
The best piece of equipment you'll ever take into the back country is your brain, having the right set of skills could save your life and the lives of the people you are with, that's why we want you to get the knowledge before you venture out.
Here are a few resources for getting the right education on avalanche safety.
Proper safety equipment is essential when it comes to the back country, even if you don't think it could happen you need to be prepared if it does. Shovels, probes, first aid and most important beacons, all these things are vital.
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Having the education and the equipment is only one part, you need to know how to use the gear and apply the skills.
Take the time to know your equipment, learn everything you can about it so you have the right experience if the time comes when you need it.
Get out on some beginner tours before you take on the more advanced stuff, resort based adventures can get you the experience you need in a safer more controlled environment before taking it to the next level.
And finally hook up with other more experienced back country enthusiasts that can show you the ropes and give you good advice and pass on their knowledge.