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    5 Reviews


    Writing on your palm won't cut it.

    Printed on moisture-resistant paper, the Backcountry Access Field Book keeps all your snow observations neatly organized. Developed in conjunction with the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and complies with American Avalanche Association Snow Weather and Avalanche Guidelines.
    • Item #BCA0112

    Tech Specs

    7 x 4.5 in
    Claimed Weight
    3.2 oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Quantity over quality

      I'm a believer of digging multiple pits quickly or splitting up with a partner and digging separate pits as opposed to being meticulous with one pit. This way, I have more information about what the snow is saying. The field book helps me keep all these findings for quick reference rather than forgetting a bunch of information.

      My Backcountry Brain

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These blue little notebooks have become as integral in my backcountry kit as my beacon, shovel and probe. Why? A good day in the backcountry starts with having a solid plan. The BCA field book asks you to write down the days forecast, the snowpack and weather discussion and specifically where you will likely find the avalanche problem. They use check lists and written description to help you better absorb the information you are reading from your avalanche forecast center (or personal forecast) and then lead you through a good game plan for the day. All of the information in the book is to SWAG standard (which basically means you are getting set up to speak the same language as the rest of the snow geek world).
      Beyond the trip planing page there is a wonderful chart to record your field obs data and room for general notes. Why is this important? Well, if you are like me and have limited short term memory it's critical to jot down what your seeing in the field to start noticing any trends that may be impacting stability or changing what the initial forecast for the day was.
      Finally when I do take time to dig test profiles I want to be able to clearly record my data and be able to translate it to other guides, avi pros or my touring partners and the profile pages do just that. Not to mention they also have the "yellow flag" columns to help me pin point any layers or interfaces that may be of specific concern.
      Weather you are taking your level one and just getting started or a seasoned backcountry vet, these little blue books are better than relying on just your brain and can really help guide you through the tempting landscape of backcountry travel. Keeping your observations relevant and your snowpack history and assessment on point.

      Awesome for taking notes in backcountry

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've been wanting to log my tours and observations lately. I tried using my journal for a bit but it was such a pain during a storm. The BCA field book is awesome, it's been fun to look back and see my adventures, and really nice when I want to review my previous observations of the snow pack this year.

      Staple Field Book

        No complaints here. The field book is organized very nicely for field work. The Rite in the Rain paper works great with a pencil and wont get soaked as the snow, sleet, freezing rain, or rain. I highly recommend this book to any backcountry traveler.

        Brooks Range also offers a field book, but I prefer the setup of the pages in this one.

        "Rite in the Rain" is legit

          I have one of these notebooks made by "Rite in the Rain" (generic cover, not AIARE). They work as advertised. If you need more credibility, I was turned onto them by military personnel.

          "Right in the Rain" is the brand that makes this specific AIARE field book. I believe the Ryan is wanting to show the "Right in the Rain" books work as advertised in that, with a pencil, a use will be able to write in the rain or any situation (snow) where moisture is present on the page. My experience shows that this specific AIARE field book works great when moisture gets on the page as long as I am using a pencil. Don't make the same mistake I did the first time using the book in using a pen vs. a pencil. The AIARE book has great information and a good layout for backcountry travel in avalanche conditions.