To improve the accessibility of affordable backcountry shreducation for as many skiers and snowboarders as possible.
A community of backcountry shredders that have access to the support they need to get rad and stay safe.
Communication (careful voices), Safety (outside of the comfort zone), Education (without the lectures), Experience (life), Fun (lol)
Traditionally, backcountry education has not been accessible to everyone who needs it.
Enter, stage right: The Capow Fund.
We have all been in a delicate place in our lives where we are in need of mentorship. Invaluable lessons and answers to some of life’s most annoying questions await us in the mountains; in our experience, the amazing sport of ski touring has allowed us to access (some of) them.
Our team has been lucky to have incredible support along the way (you could call it a journey, but we aren’t going to shove that word down your throat). As a result, we believe that hands-on learning with someone that is more experienced than you is the best way to get your head on straight about safety in the backcountry (think: Rafiki and Simba’s relationship).
Directed by some of the best snow professionals in the industry: Greg Hill, Kevin Hjertaas, Eric Hjorleifson, Izzy Lynch, Silas Patterson, Chris Rubens and Marty Schaffer, this program has been created to bring some serious heart to the sport that has shown us so much love.
Through fundraising and sponsorship, the Capow Fund will be used to grant scholarships to those who need financial assistance for backcountry education, as well as provide subsidized education opportunities (Fun-Ed) to make learning about safety in the backcountry more accessible to all.
This means that you don’t have to become a guide to make the world a better place. Wink and gun.
In the backcountry, we rely on each other. From training to gear, your crew needs to be dialed. Do you have a homie that could use a little help from their friends so that he/she could be “a little more reliable”? The Capow team has seen it all, and wants to create an opportunity to raise the level of your entire touring group – by sorting out the guy/gal that needs it the most.
Here’s the deal: we want to hear the story. Top to bottom, whats the missing link that this character is in need of? Is their gear a liability/what’s their excuse for not taking an AST 1 or 2? Do they need some support for their first professional level course? Do most people think they an irretrievably lost cause? Whatever the story is – tell us. We have financial contributions and Backcountry Access kits for those cases who need it the most.
As a rule, we don’t support unpreparedness. Call the submissions process one part charity, one part public shaming. We look forward to reading them, and will probably have to post the best ones online.
The backcountry world is an intimidating place. Guys seem to make it more complicated than it needs to be, so ladies; leave your men at home. We want to create a camp to build confidence in ourselves and our decision making. We’ve assembled a crew to bring everyone up and empowder us for a future in this world of uncertainty, doubt and intimidation.
Whether you’re new to the backcountry world, or you’ve been following a group around for a while we’re here to empowder your next step. There will groups for all abilities, so don’t come intimidated. We get it, we’re here for you.
The Female Empowderment camp aims to bring women together in this one day outing to set their own trends and build confidence in the backcountry. The main goal will be to create a positive connection to the backcountry environment from the biggest and most bad-ass females in the industry. They’ve all “been there” before and even certified guides and professional skiers had to start somewhere. There’s so much more to learn from the uncertainties of the backcountry world then powder skiing and uptrack setting. This is a human connection camp, so come prepared to share.
How about learning how to navigate in the backcountry with an adorable/badass crew? Or setting up to smash your first pillow line? Or practicing how to say HELL NO when some boy tries to talk you into pushing to the summit when the weather has changed and you know full well that it’s time to turn around? (this will also come in handy in real life)
We are looking for 10 gals that could use a hand accessing this world. Through the CAPOW fund, a fully funded trip mid winter.
Nominate yourself or a special gal.