1. AIARE - Saving Lives Through Avalanche Eduction


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    • Innovation at it’s Best: The Ortovox Kodiak 3.1 Shovel [Review]


      from Justin Lukasavige / Added

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      It’s evident that with every pow slaying winter season that passes, avalanche rescue gear is becoming more and more fine tuned and developed. It’s really cool to look back and see how far the industry has advanced in the last few years and the Kodiak 3.1 shovel made by Ortovox is perfect proof of that. Through innovation and design, the Kodiak 3.1 shovel could very well be the best shovel to have in your pack when you’re out skiing deep powder and searching for new lines in the backcountry. Comfort in a shovel is extremely important and while we all hope not to have to dig a friend out of concrete like conditions for hours, in training or in the worst-case scenario, you won’t stop digging because your hands are uncomfortable. The D-shape handle is ergonomic and makes sense for efficient shoveling. The oval shaft of the shovel provides for stringency and better handling. Ortovox was also thinking when they covered the shaft in a non-slip rubber. Comfort is essential but the ability for a shovel to hold up in crucial, life-saving moments is more than imperative. Ortovox strategically combined comfort features with the stability and strength of workhorse of a shovel. There’s not a doubt in my mind that this shovel would aid in the rescue of one of my friends. The blade’s cutting edge will cut through even the hardest of snowpack and is made of a durable (yet not overpoweringly heavy) material. Included on the blade are non-slip ridges so if you’re working with your ski boot on the crest, you won’t repeatedly slip off. Of course, I have to save the best feature for last and what ultimately impresses me most about the Kodiak 3.1 is the 90 degree clearing function for when you need to move a lot of snow fast. For some people, this is going to be a very comfortable way of moving snow. I’ve found that it is easier to use the majority of your body strength, without strain, when moving snow in this position. The adjustments are quick-release so everything is easy to adjust in short notice. The Kodiak 3.1 will save you time, fatigue, and discomfort. It will hold up through even the toughest abuse. While you may think in your mind that it will be easy to skimp on a shovel while you collect your avy safety gear, think again as this shovel is well worth the money. The sharp blade, ergonomic d-grip handle, and 90 degree clearing function are what in my mind make this the best avalanche shovel to have in your pack.

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      • Unconditional Stories: Sky & Paul


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        Created by: Kacey Klonsky Music by: Ross Charland Project Unconditional by: Jane Sobel Klonsky Hatcher Pass, Alaska - We had the pleasure of spending the afternoon hiking up to a beautiful mountain lake with Paul and his treasured 13 yr. old Aussie named Sky. Sky was retired this past year as an avalanche rescue dog. Even though she's losing her hearing, Sky runs like the wind and moves with intensity, making sure to keep all of us in her sight and safe on the trail. As Paul puts it, "Sky shines with style and grace". www.projectunconditional.info Watch more Unconditional Stories at vimeo.com/album/3133244

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        • Manu Laissus


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          Manu is part of Ski Patrol at Val Thorens in France. Here, he explains the different equipment him and his team use on avalanche rescue missions.

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          • ZEAL Optics PROFiles: Ski Patroller GR Fletcher


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            Join Chris Morgan of twosherpas.com and ABS for the first in our series of PROFiles, interviews with the snow professionals that push the limits of science and innovation to keep the terrain that is our playgrounds as safe as possible. This week we join veteran Snowbasin ski patroller, GR Fletcher. Filmmaker Chris Morgan followed GR during a morning of avalanche control work on the mountain as he explained what motivates him to continue as a patroller after over twenty years on the job. You can see more of Chris Morgan's work at www.twosherpas.com

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            • Feeling Good 2013/14


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              Eric Lovely's 2013/14 ski season is off to a great start before a serious avalanche incident. A strong support network allows for a nice comeback story.

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              • Crystal Mountain Backcountry


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                A day trip into the Crystal Mountain Washington back country with additional avalanche beacon training. Video is narrated by Crystal Mountain ski patroller Kim Kircher.

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                • The Cook Can Shred - Higher Unplugged Episode 6


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                  For nearly two decades, Jeremy Jones has traveled to Alaska in the spring to explore new zones. During these trips—which often require being dropped in remote areas by a bush plane—space comes at a premium. Consequently, Jeremy and Teton Gravity Research must carefully calculate the resources needed to support and film their expeditions. When selecting team members, they look for people who are as versatile as they are dependable. No one embodies this better than the crew’s camp cook. During expeditions to Alaska, the camp cook is tasked with more than making oatmeal. Essentially serving as the base camp manager, the cook assists with everything from melting snow for drinking water to belaying snowboarders during descents. As a result, these individuals tend to have “the most dialed mountain skill set around,” explains Jeremy. And as much as cooking over a camp stove is rewarding, Jeremy reveals that “The real payout for the cook is to shred.” During Jones’ most recent film projects, the crew’s camp cooks were especially strong riders. While filming for Further in Wrangell–St. Elias National Park, Canyon Florey turned heads with his descents. Similarly, Lucas Merli surprised Jones and his colleagues during a trip last spring to the Eastern Alaska Range to film for Higher. In addition to impressing the crew with his cooking, Merli satiated their appetite with his riding. Check out the Higher trailer here: http://www.tetongravity.com/films/jeremy-jones-higher/ Drop in with TGR Facebook: http://facebook.com/tetongravityresearch Instagram: http://instagram.com/tetongravity YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/tetongravityresearch Twitter: http://twitter.com/TetonGravity

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                  • Know the Snow - Everest and 14er skiers - Tomer and Kedrowski on Vail Pass, CO


                    from Dr. Jon Kedrowski / Added

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                    Avalanche awareness, skiing safely in the backcountry, starring renowned alpinists and ski mountaineers Chris Tomer, Dr. Jon Kedrowski, and AIARE Avalanche Instructor JC Norling as they Journey out for a fun day on Vail Pass, CO on the slopes of Uneva Peak. The skiing was good and the terrain selection is critical, especially when slopes are avalanche prone.

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