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 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, duct tape, etc.) are great and have numerous applications.

Always carry:

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

Last updated: January 28, 2017

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