Tips | Mountain Sledder Magazine
Since I tore ligaments in both knees within five months of each other, I currently consider myself a self-proclaimed professional at knee rehab. And in this brief history of injury professionalism, I have had the epiphany that knee injury prevention truly is the better route. Shocking stuff, I know. Here are my top 5 tips for knee injury prevention.
Sure, you could stuff a couple of Hot Pockets into your muffpot and call it good, but you’re better than that (presumably). Read ahead, and in no time you too will be razzle-dazzling your sledding pals with some culinary pizzaz. Here’s what you need to know.
Since your man is not a big mountain rider, it can be assumed he will not have a valuable opinion to contribute here. Fortunately, this means you can forgo involving him in terrain choices or decision making for the day. This will sidestep the potential for a disagreement based on a difference of opinion.
BCSARA recommends that anyone who is contacted by an organization seeking funding for Search and Rescue question the caller as to the organization’s name and charity registration number. Should a member of the public have concerns, or not receive tax receipts for a donation, they should contact the Canada Revenue Agency.
It’s hard to get fired up to ride when you know it hasn’t snowed in two or three weeks. The first key to mentally getting beyond the problem is finding riding partners who are perpetually stoked to shred. That way you know they won’t flake out on you.
Avalanche Canada is heading to north-central Alberta to deliver the Backcountry Avalanche Workshops (BAW) in five communities this November. The BAW is an excellent early-season tune-up on avalanche safety to get you thinking about the avalanche essentials and safe backcountry riding habits.
Right from the first initial snowflake that sticks to the ground, we should be paying attention. While early-season snowfalls get our blood pumping for the first rip, we can do ourselves a big favor if we try to understand a little bit of what is happening up in the mountains during the early-season.
What about your emergency kit? There is a pile of info on these online and I encourage you to do a search. Being prepared and as comfortable as possible in an emergency situation can make a big difference in the final outcome. A few of my must-haves besides the obvious are a bivy sack, small cook stove, flares and two-way reliable communication that can reach the outside world.
Search for second-hand gear like avalanche bags and beacons. We often see our local backcountry pro selling their one-year old gear that is usually in great condition. Facebook groups and athlete pages have also become a great resource for finding used gear.
EVERYTHING hurt. Like everything. Shoulders, neck, back and quads. I was popping pain killers like candy. I couldn’t stay awake in the evening but it was hard to get comfortable enough in bed to sleep at night. Getting out of bed in the morning was a major struggle. Driving to work it was difficult and painful to lift my leg to depress the clutch in the car. You get the idea.