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When and why to bootpack in the backcountry, as told by Ross Berg

Backcountry skiing is gaining popularity rapidly. But, unfortunately, many people getting involved aren’t 100-percent informed when they’re out of bounds. With this in mind, our friends at G3 are in the midst of a video series focused around tips to help you navigate to, in and around the backcountry.

This installation hones in on the art of bootpacking. More specifically, the video explains when bootpacking is necessary over skinning and why. Listen up to the advice from Ross Berg, a guide for Atlus Mountain Guides in the Whistler, British Columbia area, and stay safe out there this season.

Check out the rest of G3’s informational videos, here.


Another #Alaska gem from Joe Stock for his takeover week… "Mike Schmid testing the frozen water on the first run of the trip. Beyond is the Kahiltna Glacier and Denali. That morning we drove up from Anchorage to Talkeetna, flew in with pilot Paul, set up camp, reviewed avalanche and crevasse rescue and skinned like mad up this mountain. Under the layer of fresh powder we could see the slope had recently avalanched, which made the first run low stress. When stepping into a new zone, with little information, I use a terrain progression of runs over several days to ease into steeper terrain if conditions and the group allow. This old avalanche scour sped up the terrain progression." #StepOutside #G3U #IFMGA #AK

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Weekly instagram takeover by Joe Stock #IFMGA… "Booting up an icefall to Italy’s Boot from the Pika Glacier in the Alaska Range. This icefall looks benign and skiable from this perspective, but the holes where big and the route not obvious. A Canadian IFMGA guide told me the icefall wasn’t passable, but with some poking around, we found a route through the cracks to the open glaciers and passes above. This was part of three weeks of training with the Anchorage 212th Pararescue Squadron. If you need a rescue in remote Alaska, you hope it's the 212th PJs who show up. A famous example of their work was the rescue of Jack Tackle from Mount Augusta by PJ Dave Shuman. During our three weeks we climbed and skied in the Alaska Range, Chugach Mountains, Talkeetna Mountains, and when the weather crapped out, we jumped on a plane and flew to southern climes. One guy in this group had just transferred up from Florida and learned to ski three days earlier, so we took our time side-slipping and booting back down the icefall’s breakable crust." #StepOutside #G3U

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