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BCA Crystal Card

Brand: Backcountry Access
Model: Crystal Card
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Price: $11.95
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Crystal Cards are crucial for analyzing snowpack-structure as the difference between a weak layer and a well-bonded layer doesn’t look a whole lot different to the naked eye. Crystals placed on the cards, however, become instantly recognizable and sizable. The BCA cards are available in two options, Polycarbonate and Aluminum. The polycarbonate version doesn’t absorb as much solar radiation, meaning you can analyze crystals longer before they melt in the sun. The Aluminum version is a bit more durable. The BCA Crystal cards can also be used as tiny plates when winter camping or as throwing stars when attacked by bears. Comes marked with both 1mm and 3mm grids for scale.

  • Instructions on the back detail basic snowpit practices and techniques.
  • Printed Slope Index helps determine slope angles from a topo map.
  • Ample 6” x 4” sizing is perfect for using it as a book mark.
  • Aluminum card is 40g while the Polycarbonate is only 35g.
  • Polycarbonate doesn’t conduct heat from your hands.
by Benski (used product regularly)
Excellent crystal card option. I like to carry one polycarbonate and one metal, for redundancy and to be able to use one to clear off the other. The poly is a bit better in CO bluebird days to be able to analyze crystals in the sun. If using metal, be sure to get it as cold as possible, and to keep it clean to avoid snow crystal contamination.
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