Linked Up For Avalanche Safety

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Courtesy BCA.

If you’re a backcountry rider, you know by now that you need to carry a beacon, shovel, probe, and airbag into the backcountry – and take an avalanche safety course. You’ve probably also learned that snow science is inexact: snow stability can be difficult to evaluate and decision making is never black-and-white. The biggest variable in the field is often within your own group: humans. The BC Link from Backcountry Access (BCA) is a high-performance two-way VHF radio with remote Smart Mic designed for use in the high alpine – where group communication is absolutely crucial.

Courtesy BCA.
Courtesy BCA.

The Smart Mic user interface is located at your fingertips, meaning you never need to dig the radio out of your pack to change settings. Includes radio base unit connected to Smart Mic. The BC Link can be worn with all backpacks but is optimized for use with BCA’s new line of Stash packs. The BC Link is compatible with all FRS/GMRS radios (standard talkabout radios) and has a range of 2.5 miles line of sight with 140 hours of battery life.

The BC Link integrated into Stash Pack.
The BC Link integrated into a Stash Pack.

“Beacons and airbags are proven to be very effective in saving lives once you’re caught in an avalanche,” BCA President Bruce McGowan told The Avalanche Review. “But our ultimate goal is to keep people out of avalanches in the first place. Good planning and good communication are two of the most effective tools we have for prevention.”

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BCA is a partner of Eagle Pass Heliski. “Eagle Pass Heliski is a place where fantasies manifest into realities… Where an amazing numbers of variables converge onto a beautiful mountain town – some of the world’s best ripping!  See you in the forest!” – Travis Rice.

Photo courtesy www.eaglepassheliskiing.com
Photo courtesy www.eaglepassheliski.com

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