I am a 14 year old living in the mountains. I am also a Big Mountain Competitor and ride sidecountry with my friends a lot(age 14-55). My goal with this page is to be able to afford to pay for my level 1 Avalanche certification course and pay for 9 of my friends to take the course also so we can all be as safe as possible. I have my basics(beacon, probe, shovel) and if I can raise half of this amount my parents will by me an ABS or BCA pack too. Knowledge will also be my best tool to survive so I really need to get better educated on travel in the backcountry/avalanches and so do all of my friends. My small community cant lose any more people to dangers that could have been prevented.