There’s nothing like building a big ol’ backcountry booter with your friends and eating good food while learning new tricks and sharing some laughs. Read on for our five must-haves for a primo jump-building session.
1. THE SQUAD
Grab your avy-savvy friends and head to the backcountry with your avalanche gear and the know-how to use it. Make sure you bring friends with an abnormal affinity for digging in the snow and an unabashed sense of adventure.
Backcountry jump sessions are always best when there is a soft landing. It’s also a good idea to find an area with a lot of natural windlips and rollers so you have to do less building on your own.
(It’s also helps to bring a buddy who doesn’t mind being the jump tester. Exhibit A.)
3. YOUR BACKCOUNTRY KITCHEN SETUP.
If you have a crew of four, the Pinnacle Dualist is very handy because it has a pot for cooking, a set of bowls for your food and a pair of insulated mugs for hot chocolate. Or beer. Also, don’t forget food and water. H2O Light Water Bottles are extremely useful for packing water for drinking, cooking, and feeling like David Hasselhoff.
4. TWO LIGHTERS.
You’re going to need to light your stove, but there is a very solid chance that if you only bring one lighter, it will fall in the snow and then refuse to spark after that. Good thing your friends brought backup. That food isn’t going to cook itself.
5. WATERPROOF - BREATHABLE GEAR.
Fun is waterproof-breathable, and nothing can stop it. Your body, however, is a different story. Being cold and wet is not fun, so bring warm gear for the times when you and your friends are hanging out in the snow, laughing about who spilled the food and exchanging jokes about how many snowboarders it takes to change a lightbulb.