Gear Checklist

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Apart from your ski or snowboard equipment there is a lot of other gear you will need to carry. The principal concerns are weight and bulk. Climbing with a large heavy rucksack is hard work but it is on the descents where it can act as a pendulum, making turns harder and in some circumstances, dangerous.

Day Equipment Checklist

I am grateful to Eric Barbier who prepared this list for PisteHors.

  • Small Day Sack with side compression straps for carrying skis and ice-axe
  • Ski Crampons (Harscheisen)
  • Climbing Skins + Glue & Tape
  • Skis, Poles, Boots
  • Crampons for all routes with slopes steeper than 35 degrees
  • Lightweight ski ice axe for all routes with slopes steeper than 35 degrees
  • Harness - for glaciated terrain and routes involving climbing or cornice traverse
  • Avalanche Transceiver in full working order
  • Avalanche Shovel
  • Avalanche Probe
  • Space blanket or bivvie bag
  • Food for the day
  • 1 - 1.5 litres of drink + bottle
  • Goggles
  • UV400 Glacier glasses
  • Cereal bars / dry fruit
  • Large hat to keep sun off when climbing
  • Sun cream for skin and lips
  • Warm hat
  • Ski gloves + Goretex over gloves
  • Fleece
  • Waterproof breathable jacket and trousers
  • Wicking under clothes
  • Compass/inclinometer
  • Altimeter
  • 1:25,000 map

Multi-day Tour

You should add the following equipment for a multi-day tour

  • frontal lamp + batteries
  • Stove + fuel
  • Lightweight pots and pans
  • Knife/spoon
  • Wine - we are French skiers after all!
  • Food for each day - this should be quick to cook as fuel will be limited
  • Dry soup
  • Tools to repair bindings + wire
  • Lightweight sleeping bag - most European refuges have blankets but these always let drafts through and are often damp
  • Auto inflating mattresse (except where you know refuge has mattresses)
  • Ski wax
  • Glue for skins
  • Anti balling treatment for skins (white candle will do)
  • Slippers for refuge
  • Change of underclothes and socks
  • Spare pair of gloves
  • Spare sunglasses for afternoon at refuge
  • Radio for weather forecasts or mobile phone

Glacial or Climbing Routes

The following additional equipment is required for routes involving travel across crevassed glaciers or climbing/abseiling.

  • 25 meters of 8mm climbing rope
  • Lightweight harness
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axe
  • Descender (figure of 8)
  • Prussik Loops x3
  • Screw Gate Carabininer x3
  • Loop
  • Ice screw

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