Leading Outdoor Gear Retailer Teams with Black Diamond to Raise Avalanche Awareness

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Mountain Gear, a leading supplier of outdoor gear, clothing and footwear, is teaming with Black Diamond to bring avalanche awareness to backcountry enthusiasts.

Safety starts here -- the right tools, the right gear. That's the tagline of Mountain Gear's latest project: a partnership with Black Diamond to raise avalanche awareness among backcountry enthusiasts and those looking to extend their winter pursuits beyond the groomed trails.

Educational at its heart, the program empowers customers with information on selecting the right beacon (and how to use it once you're in the field), shoveling techniques, and links to avalanche forecasts for many of the most popular backcountry regions.

Customers can also use the Avalanche Awareness website to locate and sign up for an avalanche safety class near them. As the website describes, the skills covered in an avalanche safety course include how to travel safely, identify hazards, understand weather & snow conditions, and life-saving skills for rescue situations.

Signing up for an avalanche class through the Avalanche Awareness page nets the customer an exclusive discount on the most basic outdoor gear they'll need for the backcountry: a shovel and probe. But Mountain Gear has even gone one step further and packaged these essentials with Black Diamond's proven-safe Avalung packs, the unique backpacks with a device that allows avalanche victims to access a fresh air supply. Packages range in price starting at the Bandit, the minimalist version, coming in at just $235 with the shovel and probe (the regular price for the Bandit alone is more than $280).

With so many options provided, the clear objective of Mountain Gear and Black Diamond's Avalanche Awareness project is to outfit as many consumers as possible with the necessary knowledge set and outdoor gear to enjoy, and stay safe in, the backcountry.

Mountain Gear has everything climbers need to explore the backcountry, including outdoor gear, camping gear, snow gear, clothing and footwear. Visit http://www.mountaingear.com/BlackDiamond to see all of the avalanche safety gear you need to stay safe in the backcountry, and visit http://www.mountaingear.com/avyawareness to learn more about the Mountain Gear and Black Diamond Avalanche Awareness project, as well as to check out the latest line up of Avalung packs and the Avy Tool Package.

About Mountain Gear:

Mountain Gear is the place to go for all of your outdoor gear needs, including footwear, climbing gear, camping gear, snow gear, fitness gear and more. Mountain Gear offers a comprehensive web site, catalogue and retail store in Spokane, Washington with all the gear you need for:

  •     Climbing & Mountaineering
  •     Backpacking, Hiking & Camping
  •     Backcountry & Telemark Skiing
  •     Snowboarding
  •     Snowshoeing
  •     Canoeing & Kayaking

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