BC Pack Essentials

Discussion in 'Alpine Touring Gear' started by Pete-OF, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. What are the essentials for say just a day or 1/2 day trip ? I stole some of this from EpicSki BC forum but I k
    now certain things are important, please feel to add to this as I am a rookie and don't know much.


    Food Hat, socks, gloves, sunglasses, cord or rope
    Water
    Water proof matches First Aid stuff (what do you recommend)
    Firestarter
    Headlight
    Space blanket 2ea
    Handwarmers 2-4
    chaplip
    whistle
    painkiller
    knife

    I was thinking about this today and thought probably don't need overnight stuff on a 1/2 day trips but was thinking if someone is hurt you can't leave your partner there etc. I left off the obvious stuff like shovel etc. and just stuff to lput in pack. I know Teledancer always has a big pack maybe he will share what he has in his pack.
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  2. PowderPanda

    PowderPanda Staff Member

    Location:
    Liberty Lake, WA
    LoL... Yeah, We'll let Teledancer carry everything so we have more energy!! Sounds like a plan!!

    I do have a list I will post on here... Out of town right now.. But it will be good to post and "Sticky" it for others to see. I'll try next week...
  3. idsnowghost

    idsnowghost Staff Member

    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    10 Essentials: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Essentials

    Some ideas here (covers ski mountaineering too): http://www.sierrajournal.com/2011/04/29/backcountry-ski-pack-what-do-you-carry/

    I also carry a small repair kit for boots/bindings or at least duct tape and zipties that would work in an emergency.

    Obviously a cell phone is a good idea (or HAM Radio if you're into that..)

    Finally.. Voile straps are endlessly useful in the backcountry: http://www.voile.com/voile-straps.html They come is plenty of flavors and brands. I usually carry two, a short one and a long one. In addition to being better than duct tape for repairs and securing things, you can: A-frame skis on your pack, fix a pesky climbing skin, hold your shovel and probe together and of course hold your skis together for transport.
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  4. PowderPanda

    PowderPanda Staff Member

    Location:
    Liberty Lake, WA
    Good info Mike... Thanks!
  5. idsnowghost

    idsnowghost Staff Member

    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    Here's some ideas from Andrew McLean:

  6. idsnowghost

    idsnowghost Staff Member

    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    Second in the series from pro-skier Andrew McLean and BC.com, planning for a dawn patrol (Schweitzer/Mt Spokane anyone?):

  7. RyanB

    RyanB

    Location:
    Hamilton, MT
    Voile straps are essential, I've heard they even double as firestarters.
    I also cary a bit of cord, zip ties and maybe a spare skin tail clip, wire and multitool.

    This year I think i'm going to try bring a Jetboil and only one water bottle and melt snow at stops for long days. It weights less and we ran out of water a few miles form the car on a tour last year and it sucked.

    A really warm down coat and extra glove liners are nice. I also start the day with most of my clothes in my pack if it is going to be a long climb.

    We also carry a bothy sack or brooks range guide's tarp instead of space blankets. Two people sitting up in a bothy sitting on packs will warm up the inside pretty quick, I've even used it for lunch stops in bad weather. Plus the material is also more burly so you could use it in a rescue sled or as the roof of a trench shelter.

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