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Originally Posted by linvillegorge View Post
So, I've started my first dabbling into backcountry riding this season. I got all of my equipment (shovel, beacon, and probe) over the summer, read up on how to use it, did some practicing, attended the FREE Friends of Berthoud Pass seminar, did as much reading as I could (Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain and Backcountry Skiing Berthoud Pass), and went out with killclimbz and his crew a couple of times to pick the brains of far more experienced BC riders.

Now my buddies want to get into BC riding. Now these guys aren't stupid and they're not poor. They have good jobs and college degrees. They're legitimately smart cats. However, they JUST DON'T GET IT. They're very hesitant to buy a beacon due to the cost. They've all bought new boards and other gear this season, but just don't seem willing to part with the $300 to get a decent beacon. They've attended the free intro clinic at REI with me and that wasn't enough to scare them into getting any real training or get equipment.

I just got this text from one of my buddies... "Alright, I picked up some snowshoes and a collapsible shovel. Kinda want to go somewhere backcountry and build a kicker to practice hucking spins into pow."

Facepalm. I've told these guys plenty of times that I'm not riding BC with them until they get equipment and make an effort to educate themselves. They still just don't get it. Any suggestions? I'm out of ideas.

They're not going with me until they do, but I also don't want to read about a BC rider going missing and find out it was one of them.
Sounds like you've got your head screwed on straight in this. Bottom line is that no matter the level of their prodding and pestering, don't give in. For your safety, it's almost MORE important that you're partners know what they're doing, and you seem to know that. Are there any spots near you that have lower angle slopes you could mess around on? Ones, obviously, that you don't have to cross avy paths to get to? Maybe whet their beaks a little, and dangle the carrot of steeper spots once they remove their heads from their asses....

In the end, each man must choose his own path. Look at the example from "A Dozen More Turns." The dude had a Master's Degree in snow study for cryin out glavin and still chose to push the envelope....
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