The purpose of this article is to provide a very brief
introduction into three key skills that are must-haves in the quiver of
any backcountry traveler: 1. Snow stability assessment. 2. Avalanche
transceiver use. 3. Surviving a cold winter night. This article does
not, by any means, address any of these skills in great depth. Rather,
we hope to provide brief introductions to the skills using multimedia:
video, audio, and photography, to make an important point: the
ultralight philosophy has its limits: go light on safety gear, but don't
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