First of all I might be too much ahead of time trying to think about side/backcountry/hike terrain since I started skiing last season, going into my second season now.
But I'm just fascinated about backcountry and exploring new terrain. I have been reading a lot, books, blogs, articles and whatever I can find available, going to some of the early season resort events about safety and that kinda stuff...
Now I'm really struggling on taking any field class, even basic 1 day class about rescue, beacon usage, rescue, snow condition. Since all of them require you to have touring gear, I don't feel comfortable spending money at this point since I still have long ways to go before actually start using the gear.
So I'm trying to figure out what's the best way to get educated without buying too much stuff since I don't even know what to buy at this point, and what would be a priority list if I have to setup one to buy stuff. So I have a few questions for you guys!
1 - Am I just too ahead of myself and should hold back and go skiing resort for a few seasons before thinking about education and touring?
2 - What should I buy first? I believe I should probably start with beacon/shovel/probe since probably this is all I need before trying hike to terrain inbounds so probably the first thing I will need.
3 - Is it worth to rent equipment so I can take classes this point?