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Backcountry Safety Venturing into the backcountry in Grand County is an exhilarating experience and offers something for everyone, no matter what your winter passions are. It is worthwhile to enjoy the wilderness with a trained guide, no matter what the activity. It is important to recognize avalancheprone slopes. If you are serious about your backcountry adventure, take a class from a professional. Never take unnecessary risks! Always check current weather and forecasts posted by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. http://avalanche.state.co.us. Here are some tips to help ensure that your experience is a fun, safe one. • Never venture into avalanche-prone territory alone. Your dog doesn’t count as a companion. • Have a map and/or GPS unit. Have the proper equipment, which includes an avalanche transceiver, a probe pole, and a shovel. Know how to use them. • Understand your limitations and stay within them. • Even when you are in a group, tell a reliable person where you are going and when you expect to return. Leave a map with your route outlined and do your best not to alter it once you’re out. When you are safely back, let your contact know. • Carry extra food and water. Also carry extra socks and gloves. A first-aid kit is a must. • Keep your cell phone turned off or on airplane mode and inside your coat so the cold doesn’t drain the battery. You will likely not get service in the mountains so don’t rely on it; however, text messages can often be sent with less signal. • Follow all posted safety warnings. • Prepare your car for winter driving. Leave with a full tank of gas. Keep boots, blankets, water, snacks, and a flashlight in your car. A car charger is a must. A shovel is not a bad idea. For expanded information, visit our website e www.GrandLakeChamber.com 21


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