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Alps Ski Mountaineering Gear List


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									                         Joe Stock – StockAlpine LLC	
                         1518 Airport Heights Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99508
                         907-830-0125 ◊ ◊

                           Alps Ski Mountaineering Gear List
    This list is for hut-based ski mountaineering trips in France, Italy and Switzerland.
    The Alps are classic ski mountaineering terrain - glaciated and above treeline. We must be
         prepared for the full range of conditions. We may have ideal conditions and never use
         crampons, ice axe or rope, or we may use the mountaineering gear often.
    Think light. Carrying less gear is the easiest way to have a better trip. Consider spending money
         on aluminum crampons and ice axe and not bringing booties (available in huts), or heavy
    Follow this list closely. eg, ski crampons required. Give me a call or email if you have questions.

You Provide
    Personal gear from this list
    Lunch, snacks and trail drinks (available in towns and in the huts)

I Provide
     Guide services at 5:1 max. Second guide added over 5:1
     Glacier ropes
     Repair, first aid and navigation kits
     Emergency communication

Ski Gear
     Skis. 85mm minimum and 115 mm maximum at waist such as the Dynafit Manaslu or G3 Saint.

     Bindings. Dynafit or G3 Onyx are preferred. Fritschi and Marker AT bindings will work, but are
         heavy and will compromise the trip. For telemarkers, you must have free-pivot bindings and
         be an expert telemark skier with a high fitness level.

     Ski Leashes. Have some type of ski leash. Guides prefer using mini biners that connect small
          cord loops on your bindings and boots. Brakes work, but they are heavy.

     Ski Boots. Alpine touring boots such as the Scarpa F3 or Maestrale (Dynafit compatible) or
          plastic telemark boots.

     Ski Crampons. Required. sells ski crampons for odd combinations of
          bindings and ski widths.

     Skins. Cut to fit the skis, with metal edges exposed.

     Poles. Lightweight, adjustable are ideal such as the BD Carbon Flicklock Poles.

     Avalanche Beacon. Backcountry Access Tracker beacons are simple and safe.

     Shovel. Metal only. Plastic shovels break in hard avalanche debris.

     Probe. Carbon fiber probes are lightest. 230+ cm.

     Ski Strap. Such as the Voile strap or BD strap. No Velcro straps please.

Mountaineering Gear
Note: Save weight by purchasing lightweight mountaineering gear, such as Camp (Corsa ice axe, XLC
       390 crampons, XLH 95 ski harness) or Black Diamond (Raven Ultra ice axe, Neve Strap
       crampons, Couloir harness).

     Ice Axe. Have a light general mountaineering axe such as the BD Raven Ultra, Grivel Air Tech
          Racing or Camp Corsa. All aluminum axes are ideal for this trip. Too short (50 cm is best) is
          preferable to too long. No leashes or rubberized grips.

     Boot Crampons. Aluminum ultra light crampons without anti-ball plates such as the Black
         Diamond Neve Strap or Camp XLC 390 are best for ski mountaineering. Please don't bring
         crampon bags or spike protectors on the ski trip.

     Ski Harness. Lightweight, such as the Black Diamond Couloir or Camp XLH 95. We will be
          wearing these during much of the tour, but rarely using them to rope up.

     2 Locking Biners. Have at least one of the lockers be a Munter (pear-shaped) biner such as the
          Petzl Attache, for belaying and rappelling with a Munter hitch. The other locker can be regular
          screw-gate like the Black Diamond Positron.

     2 Non-Locking Biners. Black Diamond Oz is light and functional.

     2 Prussk Loops. 5-6mm Perlon accessory tied with a double fisherman’s knot into a 18-inch loop
          when strands are held together.

     Gore-Tex Jacket. To stop wind, snow and rain. Since this is a shell, and not an insulating layer,
         get lightweight versions such as the Patagonia Rain Shadow Jacket.

     Gore-Tex Pants. The pants must have full-length side zips.

     Schoeller Pants. Like the Patagonia Guide Pants.

     Insulated Wind Jacket. Such as the Marmot Driclime or Patagonia Guide Hoody.

     Windshirt. Nice but not required. Like the Patagonia Houdinini.

     Insulated Jacket. With hood like the Patagonia DAS parka.

     Lightweight Long Underwear Top.

     Lightweight Long Underwear Bottom.

     Warm Socks. 2 pair of thick wool or synthetic.

     Liner Socks. 2 pair to slow down blisters. Optional.

     Warm Hat. Must stay down over ears.

     Balaclava. Essential for cold winter and spring conditions. Different than a Buff.

     Sun Hat.

     Buff. To shade head from intense spring and summer sun. Optional.

    Work Gloves. These will be your main gloves. Durable leather such as the Black Diamond Patrol

    Goggles. Yellow or rose lenses help in flat light conditions.

    Hut Clothing. Optional. Bring a cotton t-shirt and light pants if you want.

Personal Equipment
    Backpack. Around 2,500 cubic inches (35 liters). Keep it simple and light (3 pounds max), such
          as the Osprey Mutant 38.

    Sleeping Bag Liner. Silk is light and less bulky than cotton. Blankets are provided at the huts.

    Headlamp. Small. Bring extra batteries.

    Personal First-Aid Kit. Simple and light including Ibuprofen, moleskin, molefoam, athletic tape,
        Band-Aids, personal medications, etc. The guide will have an extensive first-aid kit, so leave
        anything extra behind. Please indicate medical issues on the application and let your guide
        know about any medical issues before the trip.

    Glacier Glasses. With side covers or wrap-around. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient.

    Sunscreen. SPF 30 or better, 2 small tubes of 1 oz each.

    Lipscreen. SPF 30 or better, at least 2 sticks. Dermatone Z-cote Lips 'n' Face works well.

    Water Bottles. One and half to two liters capacity. Wide-mouth bottles. You can replace one
        bottle with a Thermos, but this adds weight. Store bottles inside your pack, not on the
        outside. Please, no bladder systems.

    Toiletry bag. Small travel towel, small soap and small shampoo.

    Knife. Medium sized. No heavy multi-tools please.

    iPod. Or pocket edition book, magazine or cards for evenings and storms.

    Camera. Optional. I recommend a simple and light point and shoot. Please do not bring large
        SLR cameras with extra lenses. Rig the camera on a string to hang around your neck so it's
        warm and accessible during cold weather.

    Passport. Scan a copy to your email and make a photocopy to carry in your pocket wallet.

    Photocopy of Credit Cards & ID.

    Money Belt. My current favorite is the Eagle Creek MicroFlex Neck Pocket.

    Wheeled Ski Bag. I recommend the DaKine Fall Line Double Ski Bag. Eight pounds (light for a
       ski bag), durable, and big enough to load to the 50-pound airline max.


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