The combination of education and in-field training is slowly building my confidence in the backcountry. My first step was to attend Weston’s free Backcountry 101 slideshow, which conveniently took place at my local outdoor shop, and was delivered by an experienced guide.
The second was practicing tour mode with my new splitboard equipment during an extended skinning session about an hour from home. Here are some key takeaways — and rookie mistakes — so far.
There are lots of moving parts that add up quickly. There’s no way around it. By the time you purchase a board, bindings, skins, poles, pack, and avalanche safety gear, you can count on about $2,000, on average.