Emergency / Survival

This is a list of suggested items you may want to consider bringing for a group Emergency and Repair Kit. 
  • Emergency shelter (bivouac sack, lightweight tarp)
  • First-aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Fire starting kit (matches, lighter, starting fuel) OR lightweight emergency stove
  • Small emergency pot
  • Ensolite or foam pad
  • Emergency communication device (such asSPOT, inReach, satellite phone or PLB – Personal Locator Beacon)
  • Duct tape
  • Zip/cable ties
  • Baling wire
  • Rubberized ski straps
  • Multi-tool (Leatherman)
  • Spare binding and parts
  • Pole repair (or extra pole)

Group Equipment

  •  Hut Trip Confirmation/Door Lock Combination(printed copy/copies)
  • Trailhead/Parking information
  • Guidebook/Route descriptions
  • Topographic maps
  • Compass
  • GPS and extra batteries
  • Altimeter and extra batteries
  • Hand-held two-way radios for inter-group communication
  • Water purification method

Personal Clothing

Foundation / Base Layer 
  • Long underwear top and bottom
  • Socks plus extra pair(s)
  • Warm/Insulating Layer
  • Fleece Jacket/Vest
  • Sweater
  • Pants
  • Down/synthetic puff jacket Weather/Waterproof Outer Layer
  • Jacket
  • Pants Other
  • Gloves/mittens plus extra pair
  • Ski hat(s)
  • Sunhat
  • Neck gaiter/balaclava
  • Leg gaiters
  • Hut slippers
  • Personal items (toothbrush/paste, medications,prescription glasses, earplugs, watch w/alarm)
  • Personal wash cloth
  • Personal pillow/ XL twin sheet

General Equipment

  • Skis, snowshoes, or split snowboard (designed for backcountry)
  • Boots
  • Poles (large baskets preferred)
  • Backpack
  • Climbing skins
  • Wax kit (including grip and skin waxes)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlamp and extra batteries
  • Pocket knife
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Water bottles (widemouth) and insulated carrier
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Food (be sure some food is edible without cooking, and that each person carries their own trail food)
  • Avalanche transceiver, probe pole and shovel
  • Cell phone and extra batteries/case (coverage is not guaranteed anywhere in the backcountry – keep your phone off until you need it)

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