Equipment List

Here is a equipment check list that I have used for several years on our annual Ostrander ski trip.  It has also proven to be very helpfull on many other trips to the Sierra's.

 If you have any suggestions on what is missing, or additions, let me know and if it sounds good, I will add it.....


  • Food For Group Meals
  • First Aid Kit (recommend 1 kit for every 2-3 people)
  • Ski/Board Repair Kit (P-tex, wire, epoxy, tools, wax, duct tape, etc..)
  • Stove and Fuel
  • Cooking Pots
  • Water Filter
  • Tent or Emergency Shelter
  • Backcountry Skis/Snowboard, 
  • Boots 
  • Adjustable Poles (possibly bring a spare pole)
  • Climbing Skins
  • Anti Snow Clumping Wax/Spray
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Avalanche Beacons and Probes
  • Snow Shovel (should be metal type as plastic is no good for ave debris)
  • Watch
  • 2-Way Radio (determine channel before the trailhead)
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm
  • Sun Glasses and Goggles
  • Prescription Glasses or Contacts + Solutions
  • Maps
  • Personal Repair Kit (extra binding and/or ski parts)
  • Eating Utensils and Dishes (bowl, fork, spoon, knife, cup, etc..)
  • Personal Hygene (toothpaste and brush, deodorant, soap)
  • Moleskin (if you are prone to blisters bring plenty)
  • Camp Towel
  • Pen and Paper
  • Fresh Batteries in all Electronics and Spare Batteries
  • Water Bottles, and Hydration System
  • 10-Essentials 
    • matches/fire starter
    • knife
    • whistle
    • map
    • compass
    • emergency food
    • emergency shelter
    • 1st-aid
    • Flashlight/Headlamp
  • Base Layers
    • Long Underwear Top & Bottom
    • Socks (min. 3-4 for a multi day trip to allow for drying)
    • Underwear (tight fitting to fit under base layer)
  • Insulating Layers (fleece, etc...)
  • Outer Wear:
    • Bib Overall Pants
    • Softshell goretex Jacket
    • Windshirt (short sleeve works best to keep wind of you when you are climbing)
    • Puffy Jacket
  • Hat: Both warm hat and baseball hat
  • Gloves (recommend multiple pair, both heavy and light)
  • Food for personal meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner (if not done by group)
  • Snacks
  • Energy/hydration drinks
  • Day pack (so you can leave your huge pack at the camp/hut)
  • Camera
  • Warm down camp slippers
  • Avelung
  • Helmet
  • Climbing Skin Wax and Hydrophobic Spray (required for multi-day trips)
  • High Insulating Jacket (down or thinsulate)
  • GPS and/or Altimeter
  • Section of sleeping pad for sitting in snow
  • Neck Gator