What are the five essentials you should always carry in the mountains? —HC
As a mountain guide, my goals are to keep my clients and
myself safe, accomplish the objective and keep everyone reasonably comfortable, so I always pack:
2. Communication tools, such as a cell phone, sat phone, Spot locater device or VHF radio.
3. A high quality first-aid kit.
4. A little more fuel than you think for overnight trips.
5. The above items are for incident prevention and emergency preparedness. From here, what you pack depends on the objective, so it is
hard for me to be too specific. I did develop a packing system that is bundled in threesomes. It is called the “threesome packing helper,” and is meant
to help you not forget anything.
• Maps, compass, altimeter
• Skins, ski crampons, repair kit
• Food, drink, extra layer
• Bivy bag, first aid, cell phone
• Under layer, mid layer, outer layer
• Hat, gloves, goggles
• Sunglasses, sunscreen, sun hat
• Harness, Ice axe, crampons
• Rope, Ice screws, rescue-gear kit
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