Short and sweet, this video leans on Backcountry Access ambassador AJ Appezzato to discuss the importance of mentorship and continued education in the backcountry. There’s a common misconception that completing your Level 1 avalanche safety course means you’re set for life with this training—but this is not the case. Staying safe while exploring out of bounds is a lifelong process, and finding mentors, whether those people are more experienced friends or professional guides, is imperative to your long-term safety and enjoyment of these places. Brining professional knowledge into a recreational scenario takes time, so even if you are AIARE 1 certified, consider taking the course again to refresh your knowledge.
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