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Essential Gear List

So here are some basics that most backcountry enthusiasts will bring on a trip. We’ve broken it down into season for you; winter and summer. From there, we’ve divided the gear into categories: safety gear, other essential gear and gear for the lodges.

Remember that the lists below are geared for trips at BLBCA lodges; so for example, you won’t see backcountry camping items. BLBCA lodges provide a variety of options of accommodation styles, so be sure to use these lists as starting points and check in with your respective lodge to get the full run down. For example, some trips are fully catered, others are self guided… and accommodation styles range, so these all require different gear depending on the trip your taking.

One general rule is for any backcountry outing, no matter the season, lightweight is key. Please keep this in mind for all items.

 

WINTER

Safety gear

So here is a detailed list of the items that you will likely find in someone’s gear list… but again, some items are dependent on the situation:

  •  Avalanche transceiver/beacon (same thing, different terms)
  •  A minimum of 2 sets of fresh non-rechargeable batteries (for your beacon and your headlamp - brand spanking new is best)
  •  Avalanche probe
  •  Shovel
  •  Area map
  •  Compass/GPS
  •  First aid kit (including moleskin or something to fix up hot spots and blisters)
  •  Avalung/Airbag/Recco
  • Snow analysis tools: snow crystal card/snow saw/thermometer/ruler

 

Obsolete gear: http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/gear/obsolete

Not recommended gear: http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/gear/notrecommended

 

Other essential gear

  • Alpine touring/telemark skis  or split board and bindings (with brakes or leashes depending on your mode of travel)
  • Alpine touring /snowboard boots
  • Climbing skins
  • Adjustable poles
  • Jacket (a shell of some sort; either Gortex or soft shell)
  • Pants (a shell of some sort’ either Gortex or soft shell)
  • Light weight base layers
  • Technical socks
  • Warm layer (down jacket)
  • Ski gloves (2 pair of varying weights)
  • Lightweight toque/Buff
  • High energy food
  • Ski goggles
  • Sunglasses (with wide coverage if possible)
  • Sunscreen and lip protection
  • Helmet
  • Small headlamp
  • Repair kit: duct tape (wrap around ski pole/water bottle), pocket knife/multi-tool, lighter, spare pole basket, extra binding screws and spare parts, ski wax, skin glue
  • 30-40 L daypack
  • 1 L water bottle/thermos
  • Toilet paper
  • Camera
  • Hot shots for hands/feet

 

Gear for the lodges 

  • Down booties/flip flops/slippers
  • A change of clothes for relaxing in
  • Bathing suit in case of a sauna
  • Music – CD’s/Ipod/MP3 player depending on the lodge’s set up
  • A book
  • Journal and pen
  • Toiletry bag
  • Ear plugs (for snoring noise protection)

 

SUMMER

As most of our summer guests indicate hiking as a major component of their trip, the summer gear list is tailored to that activity. Given that our lodges provide access to many other activities such as climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, etc. please adjust this list accordingly.

Safety gear

  • Bear spray
  • Mosquito spray


Other essential gear

  • Hiking boots
  • Adjustable poles
  • Jacket (a shell of some sort; either Gortex or soft shell)
  • Quick dry hiking pants
  • Light weight base layers
  • Technical/hiking socks
  • Warm layer (synthetic or down jacket)
  • Light gloves
  • Lightweight toque / Buff
  • High energy food
  • Sunglasses (with wide coverage if possible)
  • Sunscreen and lip protection
  • Small headlamp
  • Repair kit: duct tape (wrap around ski pole), pocket knife/multi-tool and lighter
  • Daypack
  • Sun hat/toque
  • 1 L water bottle/thermos
  • Toilet paper
  • Camera

 

Gear for the lodges

  • Down booties/flip flops/slippers
  • A change of clothes for relaxing in
  • Bathing suit in case of a sauna or a lake dip
  • Music – CD’s/Ipod/MP3 player depending on the lodge’s set up
  • A book
  • Journal and pen
  • Toiletry bag
  • Ear plugs (for snoring noise protection)

 


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