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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-24-2012, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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off-piste gear

So off-piste gear includes the transceiver, the probe, the shovel, and what else??

Where do you guys buy them?
And they dont help much when I am snowboarding off piste on my own? Strangers wouldnt know even if im buried, would they?
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Avalanche education and the knowledge on how to avoid them.

REI will have avalanche gear. Mountaineering shops in general carry it. Yes, you need a partner outfitted with the same to even have a shot at rescuing you. Otherwise, you just made it easier for search and rescue to find your body. Which is a nice thing to do actually. Sometimes family members have to wait for months for a buried victim to melt out of the snow to find them. Causing them pain yet again as they finally get a body to bury.

I highly recommend taking a level I avalanche course. It is something that can be a lot of fun, one seemingly meaningless mistake can often lead to someone losing their life is the problem.
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Yeah! Buying the gear and heading into the back country would be like buying a parachute and jumping out of a plane!

Take a lesson and respect the backcountry. There's a reason I've been boarding for 20 years and still haven't ventured into the backcountry. I'll admit I'm 100% a wuss and like the avalanche controlled bowls of major resorts.
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Yeah! Buying the gear and heading into the back country would be like buying a parachute and jumping out of a plane!

Take a lesson and respect the backcountry. There's a reason I've been boarding for 20 years and still haven't ventured into the backcountry. I'll admit I'm 100% a wuss and like the avalanche controlled bowls of major resorts.
Haha, easy pow and not as dangerous but i bet that the feeling you get from slashing pow after you work hard for it must be something close to sex. Calling it.
Im taking classes for avy, any bets how fast am i going to kill myself?
Honestly, im taking it slow and steady. Respect for the mountain is vital.
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classes are great and will help you make your own decisions, meeting others with experience that will let you tag along is priceless. Its the small details in the backcountry that makes it all work. gear, planning, route finding, weather, technique...

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And they dont help much when I am snowboarding off piste on my own?

Never go alone

reminded me of this nice little video

not an attack on snowolf at all. good judgement is key. When im solo im thinking on a different decision matrix. I scale back all risks, as any little mistake can create a big problem

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+1 on everything everyone else said (except blunted) lol. You will also need a splitboard or snowshoes, adjustable poles, and a backpack that fits everything you need.
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Depends on what sort of backcountry the OP is talking about in regards to snowshoes, splitboards, and such needed. I would like to point out that for any avalanche course I have taken, you are required to show up with the requisite avalanche gear. Beacon, probe, shovel. If you are required to take a level I course before buying said gear, that would cause some problems.

I also think it's not a bad thing that a person is wanting to buy this gear. That means they are thinking about the dangers. You have to start somewhere. I can't tell you how many people I see at places like Bert or Loveland Pass that are riding/skiing without any gear. They are also not even thinking about the dangers, just the pow. No bueno...
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Im taking classes for avy, any bets how fast am i going to kill myself?
I know you're joking, but that is pretty damn stupid to joke about......

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you do not need to own a beacon to do every level I class - it can be a great way to "demo" different transceivers before you decide which to buy. obviously check with your instructor first.
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