Gearing up for the Season: Backcountry Gear!
29 Nov, 2011
My first taste of the backcountry was years ago when a friend took me out on a borrowed splitboard and backcountry gear to “earn my turns.” It was tough with lots of sweat but it was also a blast and it felt amazing to ride terrain I hadn’t dreamed of. Since then I’ve slowly been acquiring the gear needed to make the full backcountry collection. The first year, I bought the collaspible ski poles, then the next year the shovel and probe and finally got the beacon as a Christmas present (thanks family). The splitboard and bindings were harder to come by so I borrowed them and this year, I am happy to finally round out the collection with my own gear.
Of course being in the backcountry requires education and I’m already reaching out to get my hands on the books and the classes so I can be safer in the outdoors this winter. I’m looking forward to skipping the Christmas lines and making my own lines out of the resort, especially the sidecountry at June and exploring some more scenic areas around the area.
K2 Panoramic Splitboard
What can I say, I’m a fan of bambooyah so definitely looking forward to owning this splitboard and trying it out in the backcountry. Thanks to the fine folks at usoutdoor, it’s all mine! The best part is it came ready to go with the voile split kit and custom made skins. I ended up with the 158cm which is my all mountain/freeride size.
Spark R&D Burner Bindings
It wasn’t a question of what bindings I’d go with. After trying last year’s Blaze, I wanted to try out the Burners this season. As for color, Jeff’s taking care of me but we’re gonna make it match.
BCA Tracker Beacon
My most important purchase and what I need to practice with the most is my beacon. I’ve used it a handful of times but I definitely want to play around with it more this season, be able to search better and be more comfortable with it. Thanks family.
Black Diamond Collapsable Ski Poles
I’ve used them before, they do the job and they fit in my backpack for the ride down. Can’t beat that!
K2 Pilchuk Backside Kit
The sweet part about this pack is it comes with the probe and shovel for easy hiking trips. I’ll definitely be using it for the short trips when I don’t need as much space in a pack.
Black Diamond Shovel/Probe
My original shovel and probe I’ve got on standby for trips. They can fit in any of my other backpacks for backcountry riding.
Are you in the backcountry this season? What gear do you have and what gear do you think it a necessity?