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Backcountry Access 10x Magnifying Loupe Backcountry Access 10x Magnifying Loupe
Whether you're a backcountry enthusiast, in the midst of a Level II Avalanche course, or an on-duty patroller, rely on the Backcountry Access 10X Magnifying Loupe to give you a close up look at snow crystals and help you make informed decisions when you travel in avalanche terrain. This mini-sized, 10x loupe reveals microscopic views of crystal formation so you can observe, interpret, and make the most educated decisions possible.
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Backcountry Access Aluminum Crystal Card Backcountry Access Aluminum Crystal Card
The Backcountry Access Aluminum Crystal Card helps you make an informed decision about the current snowpack conditions when you're skiing in the backcountry. BCA printed this card with one-, two-, and three-millimeter grids as well as a cheat sheet for analyzing snow crystal types and sizes. The small aluminum card slides easily into your pocket or snow study kit.
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Backcountry Access Analog Thermometer Backcountry Access Analog Thermometer
Analog Thermometer
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Backcountry Access BC Link Backcountry Access BC Link
As an experienced backcountry traveler, you know the importance of having a plan, being equipped with the proper gear, and staying in contact with your group at all times. Apart from changing conditions and gear malfunctions, one of biggest variables you'll encounter in the backcountry is group communication--help boost communication with the BCA BC Link Group Communication System. This lightweight microphone and radio/battery pack keeps the lines of communication open whether you're making an on-mountain change of course while backpacking, warning of an on-going slide when you're backcountry skiing, or coordinating search and rescue efforts in the event of an emergency. Designed to fit neatly with BCA's Stash series of packs, this two-way radio will grab onto any ol' pack you have. Both units are designed to be water- and dust-resistant to deal with snow and storage. Equipped with 22 FRS and GMRS channels and 121 sub-channels, the BC Link delivers near-constant clarity when conveying critical information. You'll be able to stay in touch with others not lucky enough to have this little number since it is compatible with all standard FRS/GMRS radios. The base unit can clip to your belt or pack, or you can stash it inside a pack pocket. You also get a 2. 5-mile line-of-sight range and up to 140 hours of battery life. The 3. 7-Volt lithium ion battery can be recharged, so you've no excuse for not being fully prepared for any excursion in the wilderness, be it snow-covered or summertime.
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$149.95
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Backcountry Access Fiberglass Ruler Backcountry Access Fiberglass Ruler
If you're more connected to the snow than to work, enlist the necessary snow study tools to head into the backcountry with the most info possible. Add the 2-meter, collapsible Backcountry Access Fiberglass Ruler to your gear to check old or fresh snow depths before you charge it.
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Backcountry Access Field Book Backcountry Access Field Book
Printed on moisture-resistant paper, the Backcountry Access Field Book keeps all your snow observations neatly organized. Developed in conjunction with the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and complies with American Avalanche Association Snow Weather and Avalanche Guidelines.
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Backcountry Access Slope Meter Backcountry Access Slope Meter
Before you pick out a line, you could do the old "Ehhhh, I think it's probably roughly maybe about a 40-degree slope, I guess", or you could whip out the Backcountry Access Slope Meter and actually get a real reading of the angle of the slope you're checking out. BCA hooked this inclinometer up with red, orange, and yellow markings to easily point out the most dangerous slope angles, and included a compass so you can double-check your aspect at the same time.
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Backcountry Access Snow Saw Backcountry Access Snow Saw
Whether you're slicing out a perfectly square freestanding column or cutting branches to pull your buddy out of a tree well, the Backcountry Access Snow Saw packs the function you need. BCA is one of the few companies that equips their saws with actual wood- and ice-cutting teeth, meaning you can use this saw for situations extending beyond pure snow study.
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Backcountry Access Snow Study Kit - 4 Piece Backcountry Access Snow Study Kit - 4 Piece
Essential for anyone interested in the properties and behavior of the all-important snow crystal, the Backcountry Access Snow Study Kit will give you key info for snowpack evaluation. With a calibratible thermometer, magnifying loupe, slope meter, and aluminum crystal card, you have a great start to snow study. Whether gearing up to get serious about your beloved snow worship or getting in-depth for backcountry travel and safety, this kit lets you look at crystal type and size to determine properties of precipitation, a slope meter to measure steepness, and thermometer to track temperature changes, all of which can help determine stability or slide potential. For further recording, get your hands on a field book and see how the whole season takes shape.
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Black Diamond Snow Saw Pro Black Diamond Snow Saw Pro
The Black Diamond Saw Pro is an essential component of any avalanche geek's snow study kit. The Snow Saw Pro is light and compact, so you won't be tempted to leave it out of your pack, and it has a serrated stainless steel blade that will slice through everything from melt-freeze crusts to small trees and limbs in a rescue scenario. The saw folds onto itself for easy and safe storage, and attaches to most adjustable Black Diamond ski poles via the three included connection pegs. A 30cm mark on the blade allows you to quickly isolate columns for compression and extended column tests.
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Brooks-Range Folding Magnifier X10 Brooks-Range Folding Magnifier X10
That weak rime layer two feet below the snow's surface may or may not be getting worse. Only by pulling out the Brooks Range Folding Magnifier X10 and getting a closer look can you really tell if the crystals are beginning to bond. An essential piece of a snow scientist's kit, this magnifier unfolds and lets you get a 10X look at the snow so you can more accurately access and forecast the avalanche danger for your touring party.
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Brooks-Range Igloo 70cm Folding Snow Saw Brooks-Range Igloo 70cm Folding Snow Saw
A dense Maritime snowpack calls for the coarse surface and big teeth of the Brooks Range Igloo 70cm Folding Snow Saw to chew through the icy bonds while isolating columns or building a wall to block your camp from the howling Arctic winds. It's large 70cm (27. 5inch) blade goes a long way while you study the avalanche danger or cut blocks out of the hard, deep snow.
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Brooks-Range Pro Snow Study Kit Brooks-Range Pro Snow Study Kit
You know how to dig a snow pit, examine its layers, and see how they stack up. Now it's time to get into the nitty-gritty details and geek out with the Brooks Range Pro Snow Study Kit. Measure the incline, watch the temps change, get a close-up view of snow crystals to see how round or grippy they are, and level up your knowledge with long-term study. It's not just safe--it's science.
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Brooks-Range Rutschblock Cord Brooks-Range Rutschblock Cord
Drop nightmarish cornices safely and create clean cuts for your rutschblock tests with the steel Brooks-Range Rutschblock Cord. This 19-foot, industrial-rated steel cable has small metal 'knots' to aid cutting through rain crust and heavily compacted snow. Two large loops on either end give you and a partner a tight hold on the cord, and once you're done making your cuts, the whole thing packs up inside the included drawcord pouch.
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Brooks-Range Scientist 35 Folding Snow Saw Brooks-Range Scientist 35 Folding Snow Saw
Usually the excuse for carrying a snow saw is that it's too long to fit in a pack, and too heavy to be manageable. The Brooks-Range Scientist 35 Folding Snow Saw crushes both excuses with it's compact, lightweight design. Brooks didn't sacrifice build strength or design to make this saw such an ease, either; it's just as strong and versatile as fixed blades.
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Brooks-Range Scientist 35 Snow Saw Brooks-Range Scientist 35 Snow Saw
Built for aspiring snow scientists and professional guides, the Brooks-Range Scientist 35 Snow Saw comes with a thin kerf on the teeth that leaves a smooth finish so variations in the snowpack aren't obscured. Stainless steel ensures the blade is strong and durable enough for the toughest missions and densest snowpack. Crystal grids etched into the blade help you check for facets, and rulers let you check the depth of the layers with accuracy. You can also use polyurethane ski straps to attach this saw to shovel shafts or ski poles to extend its reach.
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Brooks-Range Slope Meter Brooks-Range Slope Meter
Venture into the backcountry and you're going to want a sure-fire way to get a read on slope angle. The Brooks Range Slope Meter gives you fast, accurate measurements so you can stay out of the 30- to 45-degree danger zone. Drop your pole on the slope, lay this slope meter on your pole, and a ball bearing suspended in fluid slides along the track to show your the angle. The most avy-prone slopes are marked in bright colors, and the backside of this meter has 1 and 2mm grids for snow-study use.
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Brooks-Range Snow Crystal Card Brooks-Range Snow Crystal Card
More than just a simple grid snow card, the Brooks-Range Snow Crystal Card is recommended by the AIARE and designed to aid professionals with snow study, slope measurement, and snow stability tests. Etched with a fine grid, vital snow-study information, and sized to fit in a thigh pocket, this metal card fits easily in your field book and withstands the torture of backcountry travel season after season.
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Brooks-Range Snow Crystal Card Pro Brooks-Range Snow Crystal Card Pro
Get your snow geek on with the Brooks-Range Snow Crystal Card Pro. Designed for the bonafide snow geek and avalanche professional, this card features laser-etched grids in 1mm, 2mm, and 3mm grids so you can quickly measure the size of facets and graupel, and the attached string doubles as an inclinometer with one-degree increments so you can easily identify the angle of the slope you're digging on.
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G3 Bonesaw G3 Bonesaw
In designing the Bonesaw, G3 got together with guides and avalanche professionals to see which features were useful and which ones were useless. After months of design and testing with skiers who spend 100 days in the backcountry each year, they've got it dialed. The G3 Bonesaw has become one of the most versatile snow saws available. This burly saw has offset teeth that can cut snow, ice, and even wood. It comes with a durable sheath for easy carrying. The best part is that with two included straps, you can attach this saw to just about anything. Strap it onto your ski pole, avie probe, shovel handle, long stick, or anything else that's at hand to increase your reach for cutting test pits and Rutschblocks. For easy snow safety research there are measurements on the blade aid in making consistent cuts for tests and there are three different grids for determining snow crystal size.
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G3 Rutschblock Cord G3 Rutschblock Cord
The innovative G3 Rutschblock cord performs far better than the traditional knotted rope, revealing snow profiles with minimal effort. The lightweight cable is virtually indestructible and the low profile swage springs slice through snow and ice with minimal probe wear. Large loop handles can be used with gloves or mittens, and the bright red cable can be bull whipped for traveling in whiteout conditions.
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Ortovox Snow Saw Ortovox Snow Saw
Snow may feel soft when it's falling on your tongue or when you're plowing through it on fat boards, but it's not, which is why you use the strong, light Ortovox Snow Saw that connects perfectly with the handle of your Kodiak or Beast avy shovel. For cutting that nice slab off your snow pit and watching the stability (or lack thereof), or cutting up some nice blocks for your night's snow shelter, this saw does the job in efficient fashion.
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