Category Archives: Avalanche Courses

Guiding in a super-continental snowpack: How to keep guests happy in the San Juan Mountains.

This is a repost from a Backcountry Access Blog post that Josh wrote in December 2017. The San Juan Mountains around Red Mountain Pass and Silverton, CO are known to have the most avalanche prone and finicky snow pack in … Continue reading

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San Juan Mountains Ice / Ski Conditions Report November 10, 2017

Every year the guides at Kling Mountain Guides are routinely the first ones out on the ice and snow. Here is a full conditions report from November 10, 2017.  This covers conditions in South Mineral Creek, Cement Creek, and the … Continue reading

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Smith IO/7 Google Review

Skiing and snowboarding is possibly one of the moroe gear intensive outdoor activities, and the quality of certain pieces of gear can directly impact the quality of experience (for better or for worse).  Goggles are one of these items.  Having … Continue reading

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LEKI GLOVE REVIEW – ELEMENTS KRYPTON S

When you live in gloves, for both work and play, virtually seven days a week all winter long, you learn what you like and more importantly what works.  Last winter I had the chance to use, abuse, and review the … Continue reading

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LEKI Ski Pole Review – Micro Tourstick Vario Carbon, Blue Bird Carbon S, Aergonlite 2 Carbon

As winter begins to approach, I start to reorganize my different “kits,” seeing what gear needs to be replaced and what still works. This past season I had the opportunity to work and ski with three different sets of LEKI … Continue reading

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Backcountry Communication Devices; Satellite phones, VHF radios, & Cell Phones

Technology is a part of the backcountry these days, whether we like it or not.  Backcountry technology can be used heavily, or just for emergency situations.  Typically some form of backcountry communication device is considered standard practice these days, at … Continue reading

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Backcountry Access Tracker2 Beacon Review

For the past several years I have been skiing, guiding, and teaching with the Backcountry Access Tracker2 avalanche transceiver.  I typically get in close to 80 days every winter wearing my beacon. These include a mix of ski patrolling, course leading … Continue reading

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How to Become a Mountain or Ski Guide

With cooler temps and fall coming in quick, people are starting to have skiing on the brain.  And with that, comes people interested in working as ski guides.  We have had at least one person a day for the last … Continue reading

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Where should I take an avalanche education course?

Backcountry skiing has increased dramatically over the past decade.  This is due to variety of factors. In response, the number of avalanche course providers has significantly gone up as well.  For example, in 1990 there were two avalanche courses providers … Continue reading

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Backcountry Access Float 32 Pack

Despite many of our perceptions here in the US, air bag packs are nothing new: they have been around a few decades in Europe.  The original concept started in the 1970s.  In 1980, Peter Aschauer purchased the patent and started … Continue reading

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