Top Essentials for Riding Backcountry

We're headed to Mt. Baker Ski area this week for avalanche education and backcountry riding.  Mt. Baker has received over 300" of snowfall this season and the most in North America!  In preparation for this getaway, below is a comprehensive gear list as well as the top essentials.

Gear:

  • Splitboard or snow shoes
  • Boots
  • Poles
  • Goggles
  • Helmet
  • Wax/waxing tools 
  • Crampons
  • 20-40L backpack
  • Avalanche transceiver
  • Beacon
  • Snow shovel
  • Probe
  • Sun protection
  • 1-2L hydration
  • Avalanche airbag survival pack
  • Whistle
  • Ice axe
  • Area map or guidebook

Top Essentials:

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation
  4. Illumination
  5. First Aid Kit
  6. Hydration
  7. Nutrition
  8. Tools
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