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A Big Idea

Photograph By Re Wikstrom

Abbi Ness, a student in the class, demonstrates blowing up an avalanche airbag backback while Elyse Saugstad looks on. "Education is the most important tool for staying safe in the backcountry," Saugstad says. "But these airbag backpacks can offer a life-saving tool in a worst case scenario."