Most of us hope to never see one. However, avalanches are actually very common in the back country areas of our wilderness (and often Mother Nature has plans of her own). When those white slopes are covered in winter powder it is a beautiful time. It is also important that we understand not only the very real danger of winter, but the right things to do so that we don’t find ourselves in trouble as a result of that danger.
Choosing a location for a shelter in the wilderness is one of the most important parts of being able to survive for prolonged periods. There are many places where a shelter can be built, but location is everything! You wouldn’t build your house under an avalanche site, would you?