Backcountry Dog Etiquette

During a recent ski tour to Table Mountain in the Mount Baker backcountry, three friends and I rescued a lost dog. It was an hour before sunset on a cold December afternoon and there were no other people in sight when we spotted the shorthaired mutt searching for her owners. As the shivering, disoriented animal limped higher up the mountain, away from the parking lot, it became clear that something was wrong. One member of our group, Kirsten, attracted the timid dog with an avocado sandwich. Kirsten phoned the number we found on the dog’s identification tags and was able to get in touch with the owner, who was waiting in the cozy Heather Meadows lodge, about a 30-minute hike from our location. The dog was not able to run…

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Together We Can Defend Our Public Lands

At MSR we strongly believe that it is our American right to enjoy, protect and preserve our public lands. As a Seattle-based company and manufacturer, the public lands in our backyard serve as a testing and development ground for our products and a recreation area for our employees and customers from across the political spectrum. MSR has joined other outdoor industry leaders in signing this open letter urging our elected officials to keep public lands public. Please read on to add your voice and help share the message. To our elected officials and those who value America’s great outdoors: This open letter expresses the view of more than 100 leaders of large and small businesses in the outdoor industry, which contributes more than $650 billion annually to the U.S. economy,…

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Backcountry Basics: Recognizing Avalanche Terrain

By Dale Atkins “We didn’t think we were in an avalanche path.” These were the sorrow-filled words told to me by a couple whose friend was buried and killed in very small Colorado avalanche back in 2000. The problem of not recognizing avalanche terrain is not new. Avalanche survivors have likely uttered similar words for centuries, and even today the message is still heard after some accidents. Avalanche terrain can be a broad and complicated topic. But here, I’ll introduce some ideas and key points about avalanche terrain that you may not have heard before. I hope this will encourage you to seek out information. Recognizing avalanche terrain is key to staying alive and having fun in the backcountry. You can’t control the weather or the snow conditions but you…

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