This is a biggie. Our personal power to choose. There are many factors that come into play when embarking into the journey of Sledding. Gone are the days of the redneck Badass as our beloved sport of sledding has transformed into a well respected past time enjoyed by many women, men and children. We have a responsibility to the younger generation who watch us closely, as they decipher the next, most “Turbo Rad” move they want to mimic. The typical stereo type of “here hold my beer and watch this” has dissipated, replaced by the many high profile riders who are advocates for avalanche training and responsible stewardship of our riding areas. Many a charity has been facilitated by the riders of today.
The Betties Power Sports Network, a group of motivated and passionate women, are all about giving back. Raffles and contests with the proceeds being awarded to the Canadian Avalanche Centre are to be common place. It is a responsibility for those who are considered High Profile to use their platform to make a difference they believe in. This mindset is what draws most to the Betties Power Sports Network. It’s more than a Movie, it is a way of being. Monetary donations to the Avalanche Centre are only one facet of the “pay it forward” mentality. The Betties Power Sports Network isn’t about sensationalizing 'The Best' in the industry, it is about inspiring others to be their best or to try the sport if they haven't yet. Uplifting those who may have lost their confidence in an informal relaxed setting. Many a Bettie can be seen making the familiar wave in the air “Do it again” to the woman who thought she couldn’t even do it once. Riding takes confidence, which builds skill. Ask yourself this question, how many triumphs have you conquered thinking you couldn’t do it? None. It comes from believing, and usually the precurser to believing in yourself is someone believing in you. This is HUGE. We all need Support to build momentum. A Network of support... like The Betties Power Sports NETWORK.
Make positive choices. Choose to be educated, and choose to follow the rules. Land closures may seem trivial, pointless, and unfair. In the end, the path of change doesn’t come from defiance, it comes from education and uniting with others who want to promote change. As I type this, my back yard hosts one of the most spectacular ride areas on the planet, which is closed due to Caribou conservation. In my mind, the frustration and disbelief surrounding the closure of this area boils to the surface from time to time. Study upon study fuels my inner rebel, as I visualize clear blue skies, deep pow and I meeting in this pristine area. What stops me? My personal choice. I would be a horrible example to my children who love and admire me, a disgrace to Main Jet, who graciously award me a sled for the season, a huge disappointment to the Betties Power Sport Network and all we stand for, my sled club and all the clubs around would feel the effect of my disregard as my rule breaking fuels even more closures. Personal choice. Realize that every time you choose wisely, the ripple effect of goodness is felt by many.
Living 10hrs (at best) from the mountains, we spend a fair bit of time on the highway and as such we also bring quite a bit of gear too. My latest trip to Revelstoke really put this into perspective for me once again, as I went solo. Wow does my man do a lot!
I’m a super organizer, so it began with a list. Two columns typed on an 8.5x11…Yikes
Sled supplies, truck supplies, riding gear, food, clothing, tools, To Do before leaving. It was almost like the list wouldn’t end. I’m fairly confident but know I’m not totally mechanically competent, so I began in the garage.
Duct tape, zip ties – that’s a given, but what else? You need to be prepared, without loading your (or your mans) entire toolbox. A 250+ piece socket set with wrenches, allens, torx & screwdrivers inside. Vice grips, side cutters, electrical tape. Basic, handy and all effective. (Insert prayer here I’m not required to actually use this stuff! Haha) And so it continued; jerry cans, tie downs, superclamps, locks, fluids, covers etc. In 20 min I had my truck box loaded and ready to go. Check the list... still 2/3 left to do :/
Half the list is sort of deemed a woman’s ‘usual duties’ if you will; food, clothing and most riding gear. So that needs no explaining. But truck supplies & the to do list before leaving, that’s usually shared and mostly my man’s job. Truck prep is important, it’s what’s keeping you on the road and out of the ditch, or the shoulder of the highway (and I know, I’ve been in both). Tire pressures, wheel key, 4wd, winterfront, washer fluid, breaker bar, block for the jack, lighting, spare keys, lock de-icer, fluid levels, booster cables, flashlight. All very important to check, carry and know how to use.
Lastly ensure you get plenty of rest the night before, have fluids and snacks packed. Keep boots and a jacket in the truck with you at all times. Gloves, sunglasses and hands-free devices are also good things to keep near. When you hit the road it’s not a race, you need to be focused and enjoy the drive to paradise…
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