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Winter Backcountry Gear Checklist
This list should to be adjust depending on length and duration of your trip; however, you
should be prepared for sudden changes in weather, emergencies and the possibility of
having to spend the night out in extreme conditions.
Skis or Snowshoes and Poles (probe type recommended)
Boots (appropriate for type of flotation used)
Ski wax and/or climbing skins
Avalanche beacon or cord
Shovel (aluminum recommended)
Long underwear top and bottom
Socks synthetic or wool with extras
Synthetic or wool pants
Synthetic top or wool shirt
Weatherproof pants and jacket with hood
Mittens and or gloves
Hat (wool or synthetic type balaclava)
Goggles and/or sunglasses
Sunscreen cream and lip balm
Pack (internal frame recommended)
Knife or multi purpose tool
Matches in a waterproof case, candle and fire starter
Topographic maps of area, Compass and Altimeter
Notebook and pencil
Food (2 days recommended), Stove and extra fuel and cooking/eating utensils
First aid kit including medications and SAM splint
Flashlight or headlamp
Toilet paper and plastic bags to pack it out
Water bottle with cover to protect from freezing
Waterproof ground cloth or space blanket
Plastic bags (for trash and protection from moisture)
Emergency repair kit:
Screwdriver, pliers, tape (filament type for strength), tool to drill holes, assorted
screws, spare parts (e.g. cables, ski baskets, ski tips etc), 30 feet of nylon cord, wire.
Sleeping bag, synthetic and foam pad, closed cell
Built-in Avalung system significantly extends your fresh air supply in case you're caught in an avalanche and buried beneath the snow Fresh air is pulled from the valve box by your shoulder and through the Avalung mouthpiece, and when you exhale, CO2 is expelled from the exhaust port by your waist Avalung mouthpiece and tubing stow away in the shoulder strap when not in use, but are easy to reach so you can extend the mouthpiece just before you drop in Ski carry options include a diagonal ski carry cable that retracts when not in use and an A-frame carry system Padded, adjustable SwingArm straps are linked on the bottom with a cable so they move in concert with any body movement Padded, adjustable ergoActiv waist-belt uses a ball-joint to attach directly to the frame so it can pivot as you move and angle the weight to your legs Hydration sleeve allows you to use a hydration bladder to stay hydrated, and the insulated design keeps your water from freezing solid Enclosed shovel and probe organizer pocket makes it easy to find your entire avy tool kit quickly, and the enclosed design protects your essentials Other features include a HiLo helmet holder, a fleece-lined goggle pocket for extra goggles, and PickPocket adaptability so you can carry an ice tool in your avy-tool organizer pocket
reply to post by TDawgRex
What is a Wooby?
Never heard of it
Best way to test your gear is take it out for a weekend and see what you use and what you don't.
Keep paring down items until you have a comfortable load with enough gear to get you through most situations.
edit on 17-1-2014 by Asktheanimals because: (no reason given)