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The North Face Know Boundaries

Episode 4 - The Human Factor




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These episodes are not a substitute for formal avalanche education. Never attempt backcountry travel without proper knowledge and training.

The Know Boundaries snow safety initiative was created to provide valuable insight on the knowledge skills and training required for safe responsible backcountry travel. If you’re thinking about crossing the line these episodes are a valuable first step.

The North Face, in partnership with Teton Gravity Research, released this 5 part video series designed to provide insight into the necessary knowledge for safe backcountry skiing and snowboarding. Hear the basics from athletes with first hand avalanche experience including Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Ian McIntosh, Xavier de la Rue, Jimmy Chin, Mark Carter, Griffin Post and Todd Ligare. A couple of experts, TGR’s lead guide Kent Scheler and American Avalanche Association president Dale Atkins, also lend their insights into the subject. Each film in the series hits on a specific topic but they all have single unifying undertone: these films are not sufficient avalanche education. Make sure you take avalanche courses, carry the proper equipment, you and your ski partners have proper knowledge of the terrain and conditions, and always respect the awesome power of the mountains.

Episode 4 – The Human Factor

Possibly the most unpredictable factor in an avalanche situation is the skiers involved. Heeding the warning sings instead of feeding your ego and trusting that your ski partners are knowledgable in avalanche rescue are major contributions to safe backcountry skiing.

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