Backcountry Skiing Overnight Packing List

The always up to date guide to what’s in my pack! Geared for a multi day trip into the backcountry.

Last Updated: 9/09/2015

 

This is a full gear list including both packed and worn items.

  • Skis – Line Sir Francis Bacon with Marker Barron bindings
  • Boots – Scarpa Mobe
  • Ski Poles – K2 Carbon/Carbon Lockjaw Probe
  • Climbing Skins – Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS
  • Backpack – Bergans of Norway Helium 55L
  • Water Bladder – 70 oz. Insulated Camelbak
  • Avalanche Probe – BCA Profile 240
  • Avalanche Shovel – G3 SpadeTECH
  • TentMountain Hardware Direk 2 with REI Snow and Sand Anchors
  • Sleeping BagSea-to-Summit Spark SPIII
    • An awesome sleeping bag that will lighten your load for sure. Keep in mind its only a 25 degree bag so you might need to wear your down to bed.  By bringing a full set of down, including gloves and socks, you can get away with a lighter weight sleeping bag.
  • Sleeping PadBig Agnes Q-Core SL Mummy with Big Agnes Pumphouse Pad Pump Dry Sack
  • Stove – Primus Express Lander with fuel, fuel bottle and wind screen
    • When using this stove I portion out roughly 25g of fuel per meal and an additional 30g per day for melting drinking water
  • Cook Pot Evernew TI Ultralight Pot 3 (1300 ml)
    • During the winter months when melting snow is my primary source of water I like to bring a larger pot.  Filling your water bladder can take a while when you are melting snow.  A larger pot expedites this process.
  • UtensilsMSR Folding Utensils
    • Fork and spoon.
  • Salt/Pepper ShakerMSR Alpine Salt & Pepper Shaker
    • 1/2 with salt and 1/2 with cinnamon.  I don’t normally use pepper and cinnamon makes coffee and oatmeal taste better.
  • Spice ContainerMSR Alpine Spice Shaker
    • Filled with sugar – I don’t like black coffee
  • MugGSI Outdoors Blue Mountain Infinity Mug
    • While I really prefer to use a titanium mug over plastic this mug has a lid that easily seals.  This allows me to drink hot coffee in my sleeping bag and set the mug down in the tent while I shuffle around and not stress out about it spilling.
  • Water Purification – SteriPEN Adventurer Opti
  • Bic Lighter
  • HeadlampBlack Diamond Icon
    • In the winter I use a bit beefier headlamp.  Due to the decreased amount of daylight the odds of me hiking in the dark pretty significant so I like a brighter light with a longer battery life.
  • LanternMont-Bell Crushable Lantern Shade
    • This thing is brilliant.
  • Sit Pad – 1′ by 2′ piece of foam I cut from a sleeping pad
    • One of my favorite items to take with me.  Great for sitting on at lunch, around the fire, using as a small table to keep from losing small items, placed under a pack in your vestibule to keep the bottom of your pack dry, and many more uses.
  • Emergency BeaconDelorme InReach
  • GPS – Garmon 62s
  • Avalanche Beacon – BCA Tracker2
  • 2 Way Radio – Motorola Talkabout MS350R
  • Ice AxeCAMP Corsa Nanotech ice axe
  • Watch – Suunto Core
  • Helmet – Giro Nine.10
  • Goggles – Smith I/O with Blue Sensor Mirror lens
    • Regardless of lighting conditions I always use a lens geared toward flat light.  Rarely am I skiing down an open field in bright sunshine.  If that is the case I’ll wear my sun glasses.
  • Sun GlassesJulbo Tensing
  • Puffy JacketThe North Face Supernatural
  • Puffy PantsArc’teryx Atom LT
  • Storm Shell JacketOutdoor Research Mentor jacket
  • Soft Shell Jacket – Outdoor Research Salvo Jacket
    • This is what I hike in.
  • Storm Shell Pants – Outdoor Research Axcess pants
  • Camp ShoesFeathered Friends Down Booties
    • Camp shoes are a must when you are on a ski trip.  Walking around in the evening wearing your ski boots or just the liners is a pain.
  • Light GlovesOutdoor Research StormTracker
  • Medium GlovesMarmot Spring Glove
  • Boxers – ExOfficio Give-N-Go Sport Boxer Brief
  • Socks – Two pairs of Darn Tough Ultralight Ski socks
    • One pair to ski in and another to wear around camp.
  • ShirtOutdoor Research Echo 1/4 zip
  • Baseball Cap – Any cheap trucker hat.
  • Food – Breakfast, lunch, dinner (I pack one extra serving of dinner just in case), trail snacks, night time snacks, coffee, tea & sports drink powder.
  • Food Bag – Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil dry sack with 50′ of cord
    • A durable dry bag with a length of cord attached holds food and can be hung to act as a bear bag.
  • Nighttime Pee Bottle – Nalgene Wide-Mouth Canteen (96 oz)
    • I hate going outside in the middle of a blizzard.
  • Carabineers – Two of them. Camp Nano 23’s are my favorite.
    • Great for all kinds of random things.
  • Emergency Survival GearEmergency + medical gear packing list

Alternate Items – These are items I swap in or out when the weather changes.

  • Storm Weight Gloves – Black Diamond Guide glove
  • Soft Shell Pants & Rain Pants Outdoor Research Valhalla and CAMP B-Dry Evo
    • I always prepare for the worst but sometimes the weather abides and you can swap these for the storm shell pants.
  • Crevasse Rescue KitCrevasse rescue packing list
    • Added into my pack whenever I’m venturing into glacier covered terrain.
  • HammockHummingbird Single Person Hammock
    • Nothing makes people jealous like busing out a 5.3oz. hammock at the edge of a lake and kicking up your feet. If there is terrain that supports a hammock I throw this in.