First and Foremost, Don't leave home without letting someone know your unloading point, estimated route, destination, or route of travel, and what time you are expected to return home.  Once you get home, let someone know you arrived safely.

Carried On Person

        Insulated Clothing Adequate for Climate

        Polypropylene Underwear

        Helmet, Liner, and Extra Cap

        Appropriate Insulated Boots


        Pocket Knife and / or Muli-Tool

        Note Pad and Pen

        Prescription Medications

        Area Map

        Avalanche Beacon

        Fully Charged Cell Phone & Extra Battery (sometimes usable, sometimes not) or            2- way radio 

Trait / Survival Pac - Be sure all items are enclosed in Water Proof Containers

       Water or other appropriate beverage - (Avoid Alcohol)

        Lip Balm

        Compass and / or GPS

        Signal Device - Flare, Fusee, Cyalume Light Sticks, Whistle

        Flagging Tape

        Flashlight with Extra Bulb & Batteries

        Energy Snacks, Food, Water, MRE

        Emergency Space Blanket(s) and / or some kind of Shelter Material

        Butane Lighter, Fire Starter, Matches, or some method of starting fire

        Toilet Tissue

        Extra Gloves

        Nylon Cord (50ft.)

        Socks - Extra Pair

        Trash / Leaf Bag - Large

        Metal Cup or Pot

        Strip Saw

        Small Shovel

Personal Medical - ( In Ziploc Bag)

        Gloves - Latex or Nitrile                   

        Conforming gauze or Cling Rolls            

        Sterile Dressings ( 2 x 2 & 4 x 4)            

        Elastic Bands                            

        Antiseptic Ointment                       

        Antihistamine - 25 mg. Benadryl               

        Antiseptic Wipes                           

        Emergency Space Blanket

Snow Machine / Winter Sports Clothing

        Beware of cotton next to skin during cooler temps.

        Use removable layers to keep body from becoming hot, wet or cold.

        During cold weather, polypro or similar material should be next to skin.

        During cold weather, wool or poly fleece are best insulators and should be second layer.

        Head and neck are temperature regulators.  Cover or cool as necessary.


        Water is the most critical item you will generally carry.

        Food items will provide energy and warmth for the body.

        Carry snacks in pocket and eat periodically even if you are not hungry.

        Pick items that are high in carbohydrates and un-refined sugars.

        Keep carbohydrate and protein items in your pockets or on top of pack for breaks.

        Have the capability to create a hot drink during cooler months.

        Hard candy can provide a steady dose of small amounts of sugar




































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