Backcountry Access is a privately held company founded in 1994 by Bruce (“Bruno”) McGowan and Bruce (“Edge”) Edgerly. They currently have about 45 employees, not to mention their reps and distributors. Their headquarters is at Valmont and Foothills, in Boulder, Colorado, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Like many innovative companies, they have humble beginnings (Bruno’s garage). At BCA, their mission is to save lives, not just pump products. As a leader in their industry, they need to be responsible about sending people into the backcountry. They need to be equipped not just with products, but with education. That’s why they’ve invested so much in research and education. They pride themselves on being the “knowledge leaders” of their industry.