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Black Diamond AvaLung II Review

The Avalung is a great tool to help increase your chances of survival if caught in an avalanche. However, it should not be involved in a decision making situation, ie; "well, this snow pack looks sketchy but I've got my Avalung so… lets go." building it into the pack is a great way to decrease this impulse.

Unfortunately Black Diamond will not license the lung to other pack manufactures, or sell a version that could be attached to an existing backpack in an effort to direct consumers to buy their pack. Good marketing, but It would be a better gift to the backcountry community to offer it in multiple ways. It is another great tool to have in the mountains and is a great innovation.
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Joss Christensen Calls Out Stalkers, Threatens Police Action
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Olympic gold-medalist Joss Christensen took to social media this weekend after being stalked by two females for over three days. The pair of stalkers first approached Joss outside his gym and asked for a picture. The next day he spotted them near his mother's house while he was visiting. The pair then followed the Park City skier back to his cabin yesterday, which turned out to be the final straw.  He took to his Instagram to post the following message, urging the females to leave him alone

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Mount Olympus, NZ: Where snowriders define heaven (and get topless)
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It's lunchtime, 1620 metres above sea level in the Top Hut. Above the scuffle of snow boots and jangle of nutcrackers (the standard-issue metal attachment everyone uses to grip the rope tow), benevolent banter fills the building. "You guys here for lunch?" "Picked a great weekend for it! Forecast is for these snow flurries to continue all night..." "Rock n' roll." Wearing harnesses and broad smiles, riders and sliders mingle in the kitchen, reception/dining/bar area and lounge as warm