Greg wrote:In the beginning, I'd suggest going to a place with potential HELP if needed.. Finding yourself WINDLESS in DEEP back country conditions could really bum your day...... Be prepared! (take an Air horn & flare gun and NEVER go alone) You can find yourself CRAWLING across the snow covering maybe 1/4 per hour in powder conditions (without proper snowshoes), this requires ENORMOUS ENERGY to make ANY HEADWAY.... Also I'd suggest layering your cloths, be prepared to OVERHEAT trying to move after a breakdown or wind shutdown..
Play SMART! Have FUN, G'
Yep G. Good advice for any backcountry travel. Small pair of snowshoes in a pack if you are going far off the beaten path.
Also bring some high density food items. An overnight or even a long schlog out will burn calories at an alarming rate. Run out of calories and you get cold. Fast! If you are going really deep, consider a dry base layer. If you soak your base layer with sweat and then have to wait out a squall or heaven forbid, post up overnight, having a dry layer will make it much easier to stay warm.
I can fit an avalanche shovel, dry top/bottom thermals, couple of energy bars, cell phone and GPS all into my Dakine heli pro pack. It's small and low profile.
Flare gun isn't a bad idea. They are small, light, and super visible at night. Pick up one of the Olins ones at west marine of similar.
Backcountry is awesome, just be safe and prepared!!
Pray for snow!!