Category Archive: Shovels

BC Shovels

Jan 28 2014

1st Look: Black Diamond’s Evac snow shovel

The Evac gets telescopes out longer than any other shovel.

When you need to move a lot of snow fast, like when you need to evacuate a buried avalanche victim, nothing beats a diesel powered back hoe. The next best thing is the human powered snow hoe. Where the Evac promises an improvement in the classic snow hoe design is by rounding the connection from a 90° angle at the connection, to one that combines two 45° bends for greater strength under stress.

Jan 22 2014

OR Report: BCA wins shoveling competition

Team BCA and Ortovox digging for dummies (to prove a point).

  Everybody hates a cocky athlete, but when they win, like Bill Johnson did in Sarajevo, you can’t be denying they might only be sharing their confidence before the event. So it turned out to be when BCA won the “Can You Dig It?” shoveling competition at the All Mountain event at Solitude resort. Results …

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Jan 21 2014

Prepping for “Can You Dig It?”

Yesterday was setup day. Time to set up the scenario for the EarnYourTurns shoveling competition, to be held at Solitude ski resort at 1pm on January 21st during On Snow Demo day of Outdoor Retailer’s Winter 2014 show. The purpose of the shoveling competition is to draw attention to our collective need to practice this …

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Jan 13 2014

Can You Dig It?

Battle of the brands - 5 manufacturers vie for bragging rights.

  Next week is the beginning of the ski industry’s trade show season. It kicks off with the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, where the backcountry ski industry has been announcing next year’s products for two decades. While the main focus of the week is going to be on gear, this is also …

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Jan 08 2014

Review: Ortovox Pro Alu 2.7 shovel

Ortovox' Pro Alu 2.7 shovel converts to hoe mode.

  Let’s face facts. If you’re involved in an avalanche rescue you want the fastest most accurate avy beacon, the smartest, self-guided probe, and an ultra-light backhoe for excavating your friend(s). Smart probes and easy to use beacons do exist, but the closest thing you’ll get to a backhoe is a human powered shovel that …

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Nov 14 2013

First Look: K2 Shaxe®

It's a shovel...

What do you get when you cross an axe with a shovel? In the years I’ve spent skiing, mountaineering, and, writing about skiing and mountaineering, a steady procession of ice axes and snow shovels have passed through my hands. One thing, however, that I had yet to see was a serious mountaineering ice-axe capable of …

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Jan 30 2012

Preview: The Dozer™ – New BCA Shovel

BCA's Dozer. Human Hoe would be a more accurate name, but not as PC.

The Dozer … converts into a backcountry hoe for excavating large amounts of snow quickly … it reduces shoveling from a three step process, to only two.

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