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Matt Reardon, Noah Howell

Find the Right Gear

Good mountaineering schools have the newest and best equipment for rental.

Noah Howell

Build Up Your Endurance

Since you're trying something new—skinning or climbing with crampons and an ice axe—you'll need to be in great shape to handle exercise at high altitude.

Chris Davenport climbing

Practice in the Spring

Experience develops intuition, and intuition leads you to good, safe skiing.

Chris Davenport

Learn to Climb Technical Terrain

Some knowledge and comfort with ice climbing will make a big difference, building a feeling and love for your tools like crampons and an ice axe.

Noah Howell and Chris Davenport

Make the Uphills Easy

Practice this skill set often to be efficient and to save energy in your excursions.

Kim Havell

Stash Your Axe

The Axe Stash is a slick guide trick to put your axe away where it can quickly be retrieved if you feel insecure while climbing or descending.

Matt Reardon descends Victoria Peak

Take Your Time

Approach the backcountry with respect and humility, or it will provide it for you.

Glen Poulsen

Beef Up Your Avalanche Skills

Before getting involved in the sport, be sure to dial in your backcountry avalanche skills.

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