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Backcountry Coalition is a site that is run and operated by backcountry enthusiasts. The site was created as an online resource and social hub for skiers and boarders.
Users can post trip reports, share route information, or browse gear reviews. BackcountryCoalition.com is comprised of user driven content, and is searchable by all. The site relies on backcountry enthusiasts to post photos, routes, descents, and any other pertinent information to help others enjoy their backcountry experience.
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Backcountry Coalition is not about publicizing your secret stashes and having hoards of people head up to where you find serenity. Backcountry skiing is a quickly growing sport, and if information is accessible, people will not all end up in the same spots and everyone can enjoy a little bit more of the tranquil experiences we all enjoy while backcountry skiing. The idea behind the site is that if people have more information, and are more prepared, it makes backcountry skiing safer for everyone.
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The descent for the Knuckles is extremely dangerous. Do not go there unless you have experience with rocky terrain, steep runs, and variable snowpacks. This part of Berthoud is prone to avalnaches and slides due to a rocky bed surface, limited anchors, and the solar activity that this area gets. The entrance is not visible until you are right on top of the roll over, and very often people end up in the wrong spot. The knuckles are defined by the steep rollover, above rocky chutes. There is very little distance between treeline and the start of the rocky area. Use caution coming out of tree line, and make sure to test the slope for stability. If the snow slides, you will be dragged over sharp rocks and down a chute, into trees. Alternative Routes are down the shoulder to the NW or to the South down High Tail Trees or Shop Chutes. Exits for this descent are either the first turn off, or down the valley further to 7 mile.[more]