I am reading of too many guys dying needlessly in avalanches, PLEASE, GET AN ABS AIRBAG BACKPACK! Yes, they are expensive. Yes, they can save your life. Yes, it can happen to you. I have done a rescue, missed (by a day) an extrication, NONE OF THE GUYS DYING HAVE AIRBAG PACKS ON! Please, source one where you are, buy one from your nearest dealer, or PLEASE call me, I have some here. This is not a money making proposition, these conditions scare the hell out of me and I hate hearing about these deaths. When I go to the mountains, I take extras for guys I sled with, in the hopes that if something happens, we can help each other. This may even help you guys on the flatland, in the rivers, lakes, whatever.