My Journey Into The Backcountry
This year I am working on crossing an item of my bucket list – Backcountry Snowboarding. I have lived in Bozeman for over 10 years, and have gotten to snowboard a fair amount each winter since I got here. There’s something about snowboarding that melts stress away, makes the world more clear, and overall makes me feel great. I have wanted to get in the backcountry for awhile. Problem is it takes a lot of gear, alot of knowledge and you need to go back there with someone who knows what they are doing.
Enter my boyfriend Ross. Ross and I have been dating for about 8 months and he has done a ton of backcountry skiing. After talking with him a ton about it, I decided this was the year. But to do this, it was going to take some work. Task list – get a new snowboard, get it split, hardware, bindings, skins, probe, shovel, avalanche class.
You can buy an actual backcountry snowboard set up from a company called Voile. Problem is they just started making the woman’s version and the cost is about 1500 by the time you are done. Looks like I was going to do it the more traditional way. I needed to find a snowboard, and I did at the Ski Swap. It was a little bigger than I normally ride, and it had a wood core. It was perfect. At this point none of this seems real, but STEP ONE, DONE!