Backcountry Skiing: What to pack for a day of touring

Hey ladies and gentlemen my name is Nate and I’m here with the Outdoor Gear Exchange. What we’re going to be talking about
today is what I bring in my backpack for a day of backcountry touring. This is
what I bring, you’ll figure out what you will bring once you get more time
out there, but think of this as a checklist and where you should start
should you get into it. Once you get your ski gear sorted you should probably get
some snow safety equipment in case an avalanche happens. We’ll start with a shovel. You want it to be able to fit in your backpack and you want it to be made of
metal so that if an avalanche does happen, you can use that hard edge to cut through any debris that it may have deposited so you can get to your friends. You have your probe and this is once
you get or near your friends you can pull this out and it extends really far
and then you can use this to drive into the snow and see exactly where your
friends are. Then to find your friends you need a beacon. This beacon is going to be either worn on your chest with this harness that it comes with or some
snow pants have dedicated pockets for this beacon. It should not be in your
backpack because you need to get to it easily. All of this gear is absolutely
necessary to have in the backcountry but without the proper training it’s almost
useless so make sure you take that Avy 1 course so you can get an idea of how to
use it before you go in the backcountry. To that effects having a first aid kit with some necessary supplies it’s nice to have with you. Much like the snow safety gear it’s of
limited use unless you have the proper training so just make sure you take some
courses to get familiar with this kind of gear before you head out into the
backcountry. Now we’re going to talk about clothing. It’s important to make sure
you’re dressed appropriately for a day in the backcountry. We’ll start with base layers. You’ll need something on the top and the bottom and
the first one we’ll talk about is a synthetic layer. They’re lightweight
and they’re wicking and some people prefer them for that. The other
option is wool. It’s warm and if it gets wet it’ll still keep you warm to some degree.
The most important thing is that you don’t wear cotton.Cotton will hold moisture that your body sweats out and once the moisture gets into that cotton it’ll
just hold it against you and you will get cold very quickly. Moving on from
base layers you’ll want a mid layer. It’ s something that’s gonna be a
little bit thicker and more insulating than a base layer and really anything
that has some sort of insulation will do. again no cotton. For the outermost layer,
a hard shell that’s waterproof and windproof is ideal. Insulation is
something that you could do if it’s incredibly cold out but you want to
stick with a shell for most cases just because you’re gonna be wearing a lot of
layers already and more insulation is only gonna make you sweaty. For pants
you’re going to want to use something that’s more like a soft shell as opposed
to a hard shell because on the way up you’re going to be producing a lot of
heat and if you have all that heat trapped in your snow pants it’s going to
get real warm real quick so something that’s breathable and windproof is ideal.
Lastly you’re going to need some gloves The black ones here are liner
gloves they’re probably what you’re going to be wearing on the way up. They’re thin they’ll keep give you some degree of warmth but they’ll let all that heat
escape from your hands. On the way down you might use some of these Kinko’s.
Basically you want something that’s waterproof, something that’s insulated,
and something that’ll keep your hands warm on the way down when you’re not
exerting yourself as much. Then moving on to your head which is important. If it’s
warm day out a hat is just fine, something to keep the sun’s kind of out
of your eyes keep a little bit of warmth in there totally cool. Otherwise beanies
are always a good option, something to keep a little bit more warmth in your
head and in terms of eye wear sunglasses are always a good call. They
breathe does a little better doesn’t fog up and having croakies on those helps
them stay on your face or if you need to drop them down for a quick second. Once
you’ve reached the top of your hike you’re probably going to want to swap
your hat out for a helmet. It’s a lot safer for the descent and usually a
little warmer as well.You’re probably also going to want to throw a necky on
such as this buff it’ll keep your face a little bit warmer or keep your neck a
little bit warmer either way just a little more wind protection. You’re
probably going to want to swap your sunglasses out for goggles. A little bit more windproof a little bit warmer and better for the
descent. Throughout the day you’re going to want to be eating and drinking
water which is really important. You don’t want to get dehydrated out
there for water having a Camelback and your backpack is nice because you can
just have quick easy access to water. In terms of what I like to bring mixed nuts
and trail mix our nice easy snack especially in these little helpful
packets here it’s quick and condensed protein and it also tastes pretty good. In addition, everybody likes Clif bars right? Those are an awesome way to get a boost of energy really quickly in addition to fig bars. They’re loaded with
a lot of natural sugar it’ll give you a quick boost to get up the hill. One last thing that I like to keep with me are ski straps such as this one. This
is a Black Diamond one the more typical one is a Voile a strap but really they’re
good for everything good for keeping your skis together like this on an
a-frame if you’re carrying your skis like that if you break a power strap
these can be wrapped around a ski boot and used as a power strap really
anything it’s really nice to keep in your bag. So the last thing we haven’t
talked about yet is backpack and how this all fits in this is my ski bag it’s
35 liters which is on the bigger side but if you’re on an extended day you’re
gonna want that. There’s a couple key features that differentiate ski bags
from regular bags and we’ll go through them now. First and foremost they give a separate pocket that’s usually easy access
somewhere on the front and this is where you put all your snow safety stuff.
Shovel, probe, first-aid kit it all goes in here and it’s all easy to get to. Secondly they’re durable. This pack will probably be dragged over rocks,
it’ll have metal ski edges against it, nothing that’s super friendly towards
packs and having a pack bust open in the woods is not a good time.
It also will have an insulated bladder here and an insulated tube sleeve for
your Camelback here. That way your water doesn’t freeze on
you also not a good. Lastly they’ll also have a ski carry system
this one has one here through here so it gets a little bit too steep for your
skins you can take your skis and just slide them through there and through
there and that way you can carry them on your back if need be. Believe it or not
everything we’ve talked about with the exception of what I’d be wearing can fit
in this backpack and we’re gonna do that right now. Tada! Fully packed backpack with the
exception of what I’d be wearing which is on the table. Thanks for watching, I
hope this was useful if you have any questions just give us a call or visit
us at I hope this serves as a good checklist for you to get you
started in the backcountry and have fun out there.

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