Never leave home without your avalanche gear unless you plan on sticking to low angle terrain. Move on rock and ice safely with crampons, ice axes, and harnesses. Don't forget your helmet!
Useful gear weighing less than 30g (28g, to be exact) is trying to earn a spot in your backpack. Petzl’s Ange S (S for Small), is the perfect companion for technical ascents, descents, side-scents, and impromptu zip-lines in the field. Built to perfection with a MonoFil Keylock gate that brings the best of wire and solid gates together in harmonious union, the Ange is smooth and du..
You can never have too many Nanos. Especially if you’re the type to litter the mountain with biners. The 22 is a revamped version of the classic CAMP Nano carabiner, which set the standard for lightweight functionality. The new version has a refined gate for easier clipping and a deeper basket for holding the rope position. CAMP also managed to increase the open-gate strength while..
The Mini Link is an ultralight stainless steel oval that is good for rigging rappels. The ovals are only 5cm x 2.5cm in size and weigh 21 grams (0.7 ounces) each. Perfect for ensuring a smooth rope pull-down without weighing down your pack with hardware. The Mini Links are made with 5mm thick stainless steel and rated with a 25kN (5620 lbf) breaking strength. Not CE certified...
The CAMP KS Dyneema is an ultralight dogbone equipped with the proprietary Karstop (KS) carabiner retainer. The retainer is a urethane rubber that prevents the biner from shifting so it’s easy to clip and won’t get twisted. The bolt-end remains looser so it won’t interfere with the rope’s path. Dyneema doesn’t absorb water and is crazy light and strong, making this a good sling for..
The Camp Mach Express is an ultralight quickdraw for fast alpine missions on skis or otherwise. The Camp Nano takes hold of the gear end and is small, compact, and easy to place in tight quarters. The Photon Wire carabiner is large and in charge of handling the rope. Redesigned to be larger, safer, and lighter, the Photon is the logical choice for a quick-draw. A 60cm section of ul..
Saws are great for all kinds of things (especially sawing!) and usually it’s pretty tough to innovate on a design that’s worked for hundreds of years. Leave it to Backcountry Access to take sawing to the next level. Using a 35cm fixed blade attached to a 13cm injection-molded handle, the BCA Snow Saw is as easy to hide in a pack as it is to dig a respectable snow-pit. The burly han..
Multi-use gear is bonus for ultralight enthusiasts and G3 offers one with the Rutschblock cord. The coated steel cable is designed for isolating snow columns but is also great cutting small cornices. No need to carry dynamite and a snowpack tool, just carry the G3 Rutschblock cord. The cord is dotted with stiff metal springs that create slicing friction while you saw like a lumberj..
These kits enable refill of Mammut compressed air cartridges. Consisting of a gasket and cover plate, the Refill Kits are available in 3 or 20 unit quantities. These are the parts that go boom when a canister is triggered. Attach the cartridge to a compressed air source using an adapter and soon you’ll be ready to ski unstable snow (not recommended)...
Each deployment of the Mammut Airbag 3.0 system uses up a refill kit. You also need to find a compressed air source to reload the cartridge. Enter the Trigger Test Tool. This handy device lets you practice deployments without emptying a cartridge. Screw the tool into the deployment mechanism, put on the backpack, and pull the handle. A clear snapping sound means you’ve successfully..
Be sure the dive shop in your target destination can fill your airbag pack by bringing this adapter. It connects to any SCUBA tank and refills Mammut air cartridges. You’ll also need a refill kit for each cartridge, as those parts get used up each time the airbag is triggered. The adapter makes a connection between the cylinder and an empty cartridge, and can be reused indefinitely..
Should you accidentally find yourself riding a lift or skinning in frigid temps, the CAMP Ear Protection will quickly earn a place in your heart and helmet. Feed the buckles through the straps, pop the plastic tabs into the helmet, and go skiing. Turn your Speed Comp helmet into a weather-defying brain-bucket that shields you from cold and your own speed with the help of a simple a..
Goggle Clips - Elastic bungee retention system that installs on the Ski Trab Race Helmet to secure your goggles. Also works with headlamps.
GoPro Mount - Use this to bolt directly into your Ski Trab helmet for mounting cameras or compatible lights.
Winter Ear Pads - Fuzzy warm ear flaps to convert your Ski Trab Race Helmet into a mid-winter powder ski helmet...
Outfit your Kong helmet with bells and whistles. Or more appropriately, ear pads and liners. Look here for Kong helmet accessories.
Kosmos Ear Pads – Warmth and protection for your listeners. Available in white and black to match the helmet colors, these pads pop into place so you can have both winter and summer modes. With the dual-certification nature of the Kosmos helmet, you..
The head protector is a simple piece of rubber that stretches over the pick and adze of CAMP ice axes. Weighing 28 grams, it helps prevent slicing yourself while skiing with a ice axe attached to your pack. It also could help save nearby items if you toss axes in your pack or car. Verified to fit the Corsa line of axes, including the Nanotech...
A simple 4 gram (0.1 ounce) piece of rubber could save a much more expensive pack or jacket. Slide the protector on the spike of your CAMP ice axe for some peace of mind. Verified to fit the CAMP Corsa Nanotech axe...
If you replace both the shaft and head of George Washington’s ice ax, is it still the same ax? Trick question: he died before the first modern ice axe was created in 1840. Nevertheless, you should feel free to change the identity of your ice axe by replacing these parts as often as you’d like. Everything listed here is sold individually.
X-Alp Leash – Padded leash with a “lock o..
The BCA Slope Meter is a necessary tool for just about any backcountry enthusiast. The simple device is great for validating your choice of ski-line, ensuring proper bragging rights, and helping to gauge your comfort-level in questionable terrain. At the very least, it’s a great way to hone your instincts with many rounds of “guess the slope angle”. The BCA Slope Meter doesn’t requ..
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 ..
If you are birding, inspecting coins, practicing astronomy, or studying snow, the naked eye doesn’t always cut it. In all these fields, transcending to the next-level of geekery requires a visual aid. Level up your snow-studies with the BCA 10x Magnifying Loupe. It allows you to see snow crystals at ten times their actual size. he folding base makes it compact enough to never leave..
If you’re not familiar, thermometers are good at measuring the temperature of things. Now that you’re all caught-up with the intricacies of thermometers, this BCA version is one of the best on the market. While covering a large temperature-range, the tool is designed with an emphasis on cold snowpack. Accurately measuring temperature gradients is crucial for a detailed report while..
A comprehensive set of snow-study tools in a handy kit. The BCA study kit is designed to be beginner-friendly due to its simple and self-contained natured, but it’s also used by expert forecasters for the same reasons. The durable fabric-case includes several pockets for dedicated snow-study equipment and a handle to hang it over the tip of your ski while in use. Even when packed f..
Who better to design a field book than the gurus? The BCA Field Book was developed with AIARE to record detailed snowpack analysis. It provides a clear structure to write notes as taught in the avalanche-awareness and snow-science curriculum. Encompassing just about every variable used to make educated decisions about the snowpack, the BCA Field Book may just be the ultimate analog..
The 2-meter Ruler from BCA is a compact, foldable ruler that measures snow depth or anything else you’re sizing up. Featuring a small carry-size, the ruler expands to two meters which is the most important snow-depth to analyze (deeper snow is typically better bonded due to the weight on top). If the BCA 2m Ruler ruler isn’t long enough, you’re having a good season.
Replacement holsters for ARVA avalanche transcievers with adjustable straps. Choose from Neo, Neo+, Axio, or Evo beacons. These are the same holsters that ship with the beacons...