• Bristlecone Pine

    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

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  • Road Work at Great Basin National Park

    The Scenic Drive is open with up to 15 min delays due to road work. Wheeler Peak Campground will be closed for the day on October 14th. Lower Lehman Campground will be closed for the day on October 15th. Click more for details. Updated 10/9/14 More »

  • Snake Creek Road and Campsites Closed

    The Snake Creek Road will be closed from the park boundary into the park to begin work on campsites, trails and restroom improvements. Work will continue until snow closes the project. Work will resume in Spring 2015.

Winter Equipment List

Here is a quick list of “must haves” when you are winter touring in the backcountry. Some equipment requires practice in order to use it properly, especially avalanche beacons. Make sure you are skilled at using these items beforehand. Repair kit items should be simple and relevant. Items that have multiple uses (straps, cord, zip-ties, and duct tape) are great and have numerous applications.

Always carry:

  • Properly fitted backpack or lumbar pack (loaded weight less than 35 lbs.)
  • Energy bars (2 each) and/or power gel packets, MREs (2 each)
  • Water (2 quarts)
  • Extra clothing (w/extra socks, gloves)
  • Radio (w/spare battery)
  • Flashlight or headlamp (w/spare batteries)
  • Fire starter kit (w/waterproof matches, flint and steel, and dry starter material)
  • Light weight stove/fuel and small light-weight cook pot
  • Signal kit (w/mirror, chem-light, flagging, whistle)
  • Navigation Kit (w/GPS, compass, altimeter)
  • Repair kit with the following:
    • 2 Nylon straps
    • 8 each, Zip-ties (12 inches)
    • 30 feet of parachute cord
    • 12 feet of thin high strength stainless steel-wire
    • 6 feet of duct tape
  • First aid kit w/extra meds (relevant to the season, terrain and number of persons)
  • Space bag-blanket and/or bivy shelter
  • Multi-tool (w/#3 Screwdriver tip to fit bindings)
  • Non-clogging all-temp ski wax (spray, stick, gel, etc.)
  • Handkerchief and/or baklava
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Goggles and sunglasses

In avalanche terrain, always carry:

  • Snow shovel (aluminum or carbon-fiber material blade construction)
  • Avalanche beacon
  • Avalanche probe

Optional items:

  • Snow saw
  • Ice axe
  • Extra skins and/or cramp-ons

Did You Know?

No water in the Great Basin Desert ever reaches an ocean.

The Hydrographic Great Basin is a 200,000 square mile area that drains internally. All precipitation in this region evaporates, sinks underground, or flows into lakes. No water reaches the ocean.