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Backcountry Equipment List

So every year I go (or try to go) on a trip with a gang of friends to the Ostrander Ski Hut, located 10 miles from the trail head at Badger pass. And every year I scramble to figure out what I need to bring and try to find previous equipment lists that I have put together. So here we go with a list that is going in the pack this year:

  • Food Group Meals
  • First Aid Kit (recommend 1 kit for every 2-3 people)
  • Ski/Board Repair Kit (P-tex, wire, epoxy, tools, wax, duct tape, etc..)
  • Stove and Fuel
  • Cooking Pots
  • Water Filter
  • Tent or Emergency Shelter

  • Backcountry Skis/Board, Boots and Poles
  • Backpack
  • Avalanche Beacons and Probes
  • Snow Shovel (should be metal type as plastic is no good for ave debris)
  • Watch
  • 2-Way Radio (determine channel before the trailhead)
  • 10-Essentials (matches, knife, whistle, map, compass, extra food, emergency shelter, spare dry clothes, 1st-aid, Flashlight/Headlamp)
  • Base Layers (multiple pair of socks, and long underwear)
  • Insulating Layers (fleece, etc...)
  • Outer Wear: Pants and Jacket (recommend storm shell and soft shell)
  • Hat: Both warm hat and baseball hat
  • Gloves (recommend multiple pair, both heavy and light)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottles, and Hydration System
  • Food and snacks for personal meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner (if not done by group)
  • Energy drinks and snacks
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm
  • Sun Glasses and Goggles
  • Prescription Glasses or Contacts + Solutions
  • Maps
  • Personal Repair Kit (extra binding and/or ski parts)
  • Eating Utensils and Dishes (bowl, fork, spoon, knife, cup, etc..)
  • Personal Hygene (toothpaste and brush, deodorant, soap)
  • Camp Towel
  • Pen and Paper
  • Fresh Batteries in all Electronics and Spare Batteries
  • Day pack (so you can leave your huge pack at the camp/hut)
  • Camera
  • Warm down camp slippers
  • Avelung
  • Helmet
  • Moleskin (if you are prone to blisters bring plenty)
  • Climbing Skin Wax and Hydrophobic Spray (required for multi-day trips)
  • High Insulating Jacket (down or thinsulate)
  • GPS and/or Altimeter
  • Section of sleeping pad for sitting in snow
  • Neck Gator

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