its a good read, but far from complete. its mostly referring to skinning and descent etiquette, but from the looks, newbs have been reading(which is fine, education is the best form of safety) but it does not permit someone from little to know backcountry experience to hop out there, so long as they remember to keep distance and play follow the leader.
as a mountaineering and backcountry snowboard guide from revelstoke, simple easy points to remember.
communication. youre out there with your friends, so be vocal, and have everyone on the same page. this starts in the parking lot. knowing who has what gear(and of course how to use it), everyones ability and comfort zones is essential.
preparation. food, water, medical and equipment.
and do people know where you are? did you sign the intentions book? prepare!
got the gear and no idear? well get informed, and know what to do when shit hits the proverbial fan.
knowledge. have you been there before? did you do your research? weather? conditions? exit plans? these boxes need to be ticked before you jump into paradise. because i have yet to see a newspaper article praising the buried victims. it normally criticizes their knowledge, experience and attitude.
cant do it? unsure? dont go. some of the best skiers and guides ive worked with or have met are the best because they know when to say NO.
"but that hip looks so perfect." "that face is so fresh, man!" LEAVE IT. if youre unsure, or have doubts, remember; its the backcountry, there will be something just as good or better 20 minutes away.
showboating. stay the fuck home. i dont care what you can do, or how much shit you can talk. grown men cry and die out there, and having your mates dig you out of 3 feet of steel(compacted snow) is not cool. ive been snowboarding for many years, and lap the park often, but going blindly because you think youre in a red bull ad with mueller and rice isnt reality.
and remember folks, enjoy! youre in for one of the best days of your lives if done well. bring a camera, and follow the rules, you can spend season after season floating on the good stuff.
and i dont mean peruvian cocaine.