What is backcountry skiing?
Imagine pointing your skis down the face of mountain covered with pure, untouched virgin snow. It is that very feeling that draws experienced skiiers into the sparsely populated backcountry. In backcountry skiing, snow packs aren’t groomed by anyone other than Mother Nature, and the land is untouched by human hands. There are no runs, no trails, no ski patrol, no lift. Simply the backcountry skiier and the mountain. Backcountry skiing is an extreme winter sport, and it can be dangerous. There is the risk of avalanche, communication may be limited in extremely remote areas, and skiiers may experience some level of exhaustion from the climb. The reward, however, is skiing where no one has gone before, and the sheer beauty of the outdoors.
Backcountry Skiing Gear List
Here is a list of gear commonly used by backcountry skiiers.
Cold Weather Sleeping Bag
At 0 degrees is a good all round bag with 600 full down. The hood area uses Nautilus 6-baffle hood that has 6 chambers of down around head for better down control and fit. The hood cord is positioned for easy access with a velcro free face muff. The footbox uses a classic trapezoidal foot box with a heater pocket for heat pockets if, if you ever need it.
If you plan on doing alpine summits or some backcountry exploring, the by Osprey is the ideal backpack. It has everything you need for a day on the crags or fastpacking to your next peak. The AirCore mesh backpanel and suspension will take the pressure off your back. For all your essentials the Stratos has plenty of pockets, from the front and side stretch woven pockets to pockets on the hipbelt.
Insulated Sleeping Pad
Backpacker’s magazine gave the their Editors Choice award in 2004. If you are looking for a good night’s sleep the Air Core are insulated with Primaloft that as been treated with an anti microbial. Big Agnes use an I-beam construction technique that is functionally superior to the typical welded-through construction of other air mats.
For over 15 years, the has been the leader in backpacking stoves for its reliability and simple design.Shaker Jet technology makes cleaning as simple as shaking the stove. Made to last with durable stainless steel and brass.
The headlamp provides a powerful, even and adjustable white light, with long light duration. A single light source in a compact headlamp for multiple uses. With 3 lighting levels (maximum, optimum, economy) and a blinking mode, to adapt the light to the activity at hand why would you need anything else.
The is perfect when weight reduction is priority number one, take this minimalist cookset that includes 1.5- and 2-liter pots, a lid that fits either pot, PanHandler, stuff sack and Packtowl to separate the pots.
The is the ultimate tool to take on outdoor adventures for safe drinking anywhere in the world. The SteriPen uses ultraviolet light to destroy DNA microorganisms making them unable to reproduce and cause illness. There is no pumping, no test strips, no timekeeping, no aftertaste and no clogging and it weighs only 4oz.
Backcountry Trekking Poles
If you are looking for a dependable, adjustable, packable pole at a great price then the pole is worth taking a look at. Weighing just over 1lb they are easy to carry when not in use and will not weigh you down on long hikes.
First Aid Kit
The kit is one of AMK’s most popluar kits because of its compact and compartmentalized design, versatile component package, and attractive price.CPR items: 8×10 and/or 5×9 Trauma Pads Wound Care: Wound Closure Strips, Sterile Dressing, Strip & Knuckle Bandages Fracture/Sprain Items: Elastic Bandage w/ Velcro Medication: 2 Extra Strength Tylenol, 1 antihistamine, 2 Motrin, 1 sting relief pad.
CHARCOAL FIRE STARTER
Cardboard egg carton
Place a charcoal briquette in each compartment of the egg
carton. Pour melted paraffin to soak charcoal and carton. Allow to harden.
Tear off compartments as needed and place within charcoal or wood to be lit.
Light carton to start fire.
1 fistfull = 1/2 cup
5 finger pinch = 2/3 tsp.
4 finger pinch = 1/2 tsp.
3 finger pinch = 1/8 tsp.
1 finger gob shortening = 1/4 tsp.