April 24, 2014
Winter 2013 - 2014







Learn About: Tools


You should carry the following items or tools when you go into the backcountry:

  1. Snow saw
  2. Probes
  3. Slope meter
  4. Monocular (can magnify up close and far away)
  5. Walkie talkies 
  6. Bivy Sack
  7. First Aid kit (see suggested content list)
  8. Climbing skins
  9. Beacon
  10. Shovel
  11. Backpack
  12. Spare Strap
  13. Snow science kit
  14. Avalung or an Air Bag System
  15. Helmet
  16. Headlamp
  17. Water bottle
  18. Stove and fuel
  19. Tool kit
  20. Map and compass

First Aid Kit

  • Tape
  • Steri-strips or butterfly bandages
  • Gauze rolls - 2
  • Band-aids
  • Variety sterile dressing
  • Blister treatments
  • Neosporin or equivelent
  • Sunscreen
  • Pain medication
  • Safety pins
  • Strong scissors
  • Pocket mask
  • Airway
  • Nitrile gloves



    Repair Kit/Survival Kit

  • Extra food and water
  • Extra clothes such as gloves, hat, socks, insulated coat and pants 
  • Headlamp
  • Extra binding parts
  • Pocket tool with posi-drive screwdriver
  • Wire, duct tape
  • Epoxy, strip screw inserts, steel wool
  • Candle/matches/lighter/firestarter
  • Space blanket or light bivy sack
  • Chemical hand warmers
  • Knife
  • Extra beacon & headlamp batteries
  • Consider carrying a light gas stove to melt snow (they weigh about the same as a liter of water)
    Other items may include:
    • Whistle
    • Skin wax
    • Food, Water, Extra clothes