Backcountry Equipment Checklist - Winter

Have you got it?

This is a list of suggested equipment, which you can adjust to suit your personal preferences. Mountain weather is unpredictable; be prepared for changing conditions.

Clothing

  •  Outer shell top and pants
  •  Outer shell top and pants
  •  Long underwear top/bottom
  •  Insulating top (synthetic)
  •  Fleece pants and vest
  •  Warm hat and gloves / mitts
  •  Synthetic outer socks with wicking inner socks
  •  Boots - with ankle support and good soles
  •  Gaiters or insulated over-boots

Snow Gear

  •  Backcountry skis or snowboard
  •  Boots
  •  Poles
  •  Climbing skins or snowshoes
  •  Avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel
  •  Snow kit (crystal card, loupe, thermometer)
  •  Ski repair kit (spare binding parts, tools)
  •  Daypack

Other Essentials

  •  Compass and topo map
  •  Repair kit
  •  Food
  •  Sunglasses, goggles
  •  Waterproof matches/lighter
  •  Sunscreen & lip balm
  •  Candle, fire starter
  •  Water and Gatorade
  •  Headlamp extra batteries
  •  Toilet paper
  •  First Aid kit
  •  Knife
  •  Signalling whistle/mirror
  •  Trip plan (left with friend)
  •  Emergency blanket
Optional
  •  Binoculars
  •  Altimeter
  •  Notebook and pencil
  •  Camera & film
  •  Rope
  •  Knee pads
  •  GPS
  •  SPOT Locator
  •  Book, deck of cards

Camping Gear

  •  Backpack
  •  Sleeping bag
  •  Stove and fuel
  •  Water Treatment or Filter
  •  Wilderness Pass
  •  Tent
  •  Sleeping pad
  •  Cooking /eating utensils
  •  Change of clothes waiting at trailhead
  •  Toiletries (including toilet paper)
  • GPS
  • S.P.O.T Locator