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Bugaboos Heli trip in March 2013



Hi Guys,

I had an awesome trip and just wanted to share a video I made, it's just a holiday snap really but should give people an idea if they are thinking of doing something like it.


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Embedded that video for you.

The Bugs look amazing. I've had several friends do rock climbing trips in that range. I can see why. Looks like a great Heli Trip.

Avalung and ABS. Niiiiice....

Thanks for sharing.

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Embedded tat video for you.

The Bugs look amazing. I've had several friends do rock climbing trips in that range. I can see why. Looks like a great Heli Trip.

Avalung and ABS. Niiiiice....

Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for embedding it!, it was the most incredible place I've ever been.
Nice spotting of the Avalung and ABS, I was fairly apprehensive before the trip (they have lost quite a few people to avalanches in the area), so I figured for $100 the avalung was a no-brainer, I will say that whilst they are a good idea you have to get them in your mouth with no snow in the mouthpiece to be of any use, they say you are meant to ride with it in, but that's not very practical. The ABS however was very nice, you have to wear a pack anyway with probe, shovel etc so why not have the ABS (it was about $200 to rent for the week).
I will say though, that by the time you have your transceiver, radio, avalung, ABS, shovel, probe, camera etc it does get a bit cumbersome!
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nice video, it looked awesome.
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nice video, it looked awesome.
Thanks, it was very different to the Australian snow! I only wish I lived a bit closer to Canada!
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I've used the avalung for many years. I think I have photos of me rocking it from 2006 maybe earlier. Getting it your mouth has always been the shortcoming. Not too mention you may just very well die from the trauma of getting buried.

This year I've been using the Mammut RAS airbag. Different design than ABS but serves the same purpose. I've also had hands on with BCA and ABS systems. All of them have their quirks but they all work very well.

I haven't been using the avalung as of late. I carry a dslr on a chesty harness and then add the avalung and airbag it is a bit much. I am also confident in my decision making in the backcountry. Plus you have to get photos and video or you didn't do it.
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I haven't been using the avalung as of late. I carry a dslr on a chesty harness and then add the avalung and airbag it is a bit much. I am also confident in my decision making in the backcountry. Plus you have to get photos and video or you didn't do it.
I've got a BD pack with avalung integrated into it and you cant even tell it's there. Perfect for sidecountry hits because you can just stash it in its pocket when you're back in the resort and it feels like a regular backpack.

That being said I imagine in an avalanche incident getting the tube into your mouth wouldn't be so simple, and it's pretty brutal to ride with it in your mouth. As you said, none of this stuff replaces good decision making!
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