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Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center



The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center is embracing the 21st century in its work to keep Montana backcountry users educated and safe. They recently added a video page that shows how to do two basic tests: the compression test (CT) and the extended column test (ECT). The site also had a video on snow pit selection choices.

Check it out:

These guys are up at 4 a.m. and out in the mountains November-April. They are one of the strongest avalanche centers in the country because of their knowledge, creativity and ability to communicate in a simple, clear way.

Because they forecast for such a broad area, the GNFAC relies heavily on backcountry user input and observations. The more standardized these tests become between all users, the better our communication and understanding can become.

Megan Paulson is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Outlaw Partners.

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