By Steve B
With the start of the season it is time to go check your gear and make sure that everything is ready to go when the snow flies. The following is a list of items that I will usually take on a back country, mid-winter, day tour. The list may change a bit depending on the tour and the season but this will give you some idea of what goes into my 30 – 40 liter pack (1).
The first thing that I load up on is knowledge and training. This may involve a refresher first aid and avalanche course and checking the avalanche forecast before heading out.
- Digital Avalanche Transceiver (11)
- Metal Shovel (6) (No Plastic Shovels Allowed)
- Avalanche Probe (10)
- Snow Saw with home made sheath (7)
- Personal Locator Beacon (9)
- Waterproof Matches & Whistle (4)
- Snow Study Kit (8)
- First Aid/Survival/Repair Kit (4)
- The knowledge to use the items you pack.
Most of this kit fits in an aluminum box that can be used as a pot to melt snow.
We will try to do a future article on what goes into a First Aid/Survival/Repair Kit.
- LED Headlamp (13)
- Map, Compass, GPS, Monocular and Guidebook (14)
- Skis, Boots and Poles appropriate for the terrain. Climbing Skins (1)
- Ski & Skin Wax, Ski Crampons (15)
- Spare set of Mitts, Socks and Balaclava (12)
- Down Parka (5) for lunch breaks or unexpected overnight stays
- Disposable Hand & Toe Warmers
- Sunglasses & Goggles (17)
- Sunscreen & Lip Balm (16)
- Food, Water in insulated wide mouth bottle (2) (The bottle is a great place to store some Duct & Fiberglass Tape)
- TP & Hand Sanitizer
- Spare Batteries
- Two 24” Voile Straps (18) (These rubber straps have a 101 uses)
**Camera so you can send in your spectacular photos for the newsletter and website.
I have probably forgotten something on my list so let us know what you like to have in your pack?