Safe Practices for Exploring Colorado's Backcountry

"It’s not enough to have proper avalanche safety gear (beacon, probe, and shovel); you also need to know how to use it. Most important, you need fundamental avalanche awareness and backcountry travel skills." -Outside Magazine

Outside, M. (2021, January 28). How to Safely Explore Colorado's Backcountry This Year. Outside Magazine. Retrieved From

We have been talking about it for for almost a year now, but the COVID Pandemic has led to an unprecedented surge in outdoor recreation. As people look for ways to safely leave their homes, the outdoors have become the ultimate recourse from the current situation. With the end now in sight, we are now working our way towards the middle of winter, but the mountains present much greater risk during these cold months. The allure of the mountains almost seems stronger when they are blanketed in thick layers of snow and people are even more drawn to their natural beauty. There are many ways to get out and explore them this winter including but not limited to snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, backcountry touring, and snowmobiling. But looks can be decieving as our mountains are far more dangerous during the winter months. Not only is there the concern of avalanches, but also highly incliment weather, freezing temperatures, less daylight, and fewer people around in the case of an emergency. Before venturing out this winter make sure that you are fully prepared with the proper clothes, equipment, food, water, knowledge, and partner. The article posted above may be able to help, give it a read.