Basic Gear

The Ten Essentials

(for safety, survival and basic comfort)

1. Navigation

2. Sun protection

3. Insulation

  • Jacket, vest, pants, gloves, hat (see Clothing)

4. Illumination

5. First-aid supplies

6. Fire

7. Repair kit and tools

8. Nutrition

9. Hydration

10. Emergency shelter

Clothing options

(again, this list is intentionally extensive; base choices on possible weather extremes)

Personal items

Other options

If touring off maintained or patrolled routes

(also see our Mountaineering checklist for other gear options)

  • Avalanche transceiver
  • Probe
  • Snow shovel
  • Slope meter and snowpit analysis kit