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This is where you will find all our advice and tips. Click on the images to download the .PDF data sheet.

Probing Skills

Dave Etherington - Sunday, September 21, 2014

This video was created by Backcountry access and covers different probing techniques that can be used when searching for a victim buried in an avalanche.

Be avalanche aware!

Dave Etherington - Friday, September 19, 2014

Be avalanche aware!

This information document is a must read before you head into the winter mountains.

There are sections on identifying avalanche hazard and how to make a good considered decision.
Questions you should ask and information you should find out at home before you leave. When on your mountain journey what you should consider and look out for, for example key areas of risk. There are a number of useful references to where you can find further information. We strongly recommend you take a read of this document if you are heading into the mountains this winter.

Click here to download the "Be avalanche aware" PDF document.

Packing a rucksack for a day tour on skis.

Dave Etherington - Friday, August 15, 2014

In this video a mountain guide runs through what he packs on a regular ski tour into the backcountry in Canada/America. Although you may pack some slightly different equipment in the UK or the European Alps it is worth watching the video and will help you assess what you need to pack and what you feel you can justify leaving out of your backpack.

Plan for the best prepare for the worst.

Avalanche Rescue Shovelling Techniques

Dave Etherington - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

This short video describes different methods of shovelling/excavating a victim buried in the snow. It shows how to use shovelling resources efficiently when attempting to recover a avalanche victim. This video is well worth watching even if you are an expert in the field as it will provoke some questions or give you an effective strategy for managing a digging site.

Choosing an ice axe

Dave Etherington - Thursday, July 11, 2013

In this video there is some great advice on how to choose what type of ice axe you require for winter mountaineering

Choosing a set of crampons

Dave Etherington - Friday, June 14, 2013

Crampon Selection

Steve Wilson - Saturday, May 18, 2013

A bit of advice on how to select the correct boots for the crampons you need.

An Introduction to Ski Touring

Dave Etherington - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ski Touring - Kick Turns - Top Tips

Dave Etherington - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sun Protection

Steve Wilson - Friday, March 29, 2013

Protecting yourself from the effects of the sun is even more important at altitude. The higher you go, though it may feel colder, the stronger your exposure to the sun’s UV (ultraviolet) rays. If you reach the snowline then the effects are compounded by reflection from the snow.

Whatever the season or altitude there are a few precautions you can take to protect yourself from the sun.