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What's in your back pack

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On a backcountry day,

 

Splitboard, skins, poles obviously! If it's possibly going to be icy (e.g. Yotei) then ski crampons.

 

Avy gear i.e. brain, beacon, probe and shovel.

 

 

Emergency bivvy, basically a small silver foil type sheet bag (folds up to the size of an iPad mini)

 

Small first aid kit, incl thumb/finger splints.

 

Numerous length voile ski straps

 

Lightweight down jacket

 

Balaclava

 

Headlamp

 

Board / ski tool + leatherman/ Swiss army knife

 

Water / food

 

At the beginning of the season I put 3 short sections of gaffer/duct tape on each ski pole and shovel handle.

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At the beginning of the season I put 3 short sections of gaffer/duct tape on each ski pole and shovel handle.

can you explain what that's about Method?

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Duct tape has a million uses in the backcountry... Basically temporary repair on any gear e.g. Torn seam on a jacket or glove

 

 

Rather than carry around a whole roll, I just roll a few 30-40 cm lengths around my ski pole and shovel handle.

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Ahhh.. I get it.

I didn't realize it was layered up, therefore similar to carrying a roll of duct tape without the hassle of the entire roll.

I was thinking it was just a piece of tape on the poles...and wondering why... :lol:

 

No issues with lost stickyness in the cold/wet?

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Ahhh.. I get it.

I didn't realize it was layered up, therefore similar to carrying a roll of duct tape without the hassle of the entire roll.

I was thinking it was just a piece of tape on the poles...and wondering why... :lol:

 

No issues with lost stickyness in the cold/wet?

 

 

Ah yeah somewhere like Japan, where the snow gets into every single crack and pocket, yes.

 

I replace the strips every now and then as they get "caked" on to your pole after a while and are useless.

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Thanks Method, if its OK will take your list and add to it as others contribute.

 

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Splitboard, skins, poles obviously! If it's possibly going to be icy (e.g. Yotei) then ski crampons.

 

Avy gear i.e. brain, beacon, probe and shovel.

 

 

Emergency bivvy, basically a small silver foil type sheet bag (folds up to the size of an iPad mini)

 

Small first aid kit, incl thumb/finger splints.

 

Numerous length voile ski straps

 

Lightweight down jacket

 

Balaclava

 

Headlamp

 

Board / ski tool + leatherman/ Swiss army knife

 

Water / food

 

At the beginning of the season I put 3 short sections of gaffer/duct tape on each ski pole and shovel handle.

 

Whsitle

 

Length of flat rope

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I picked up a el-cheapo down jacket from G2 (the Uniclo poor-cousin brand store) and luckily had a small dry bag that fits it well. Yes, it's pretty important to keep your down jacket very dry for when you need it. :sjcool:

 

I also pack a GPS or three (in the form of smartphones lately) with battery backup

 

and some guarana / green tea caffeine pills for emergency energy :happyshades:

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Wasabi Kakipi and a Snickers bar :p .

 

Gonna start putting some lenghs of duct tape around my shovel handle too. Thanks Method!

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Going to buy a shovel and probe at the end of the month (Shugakuso sale), wondering what everyone carries and any advice (other than a 300cm probe cos I live Hokkaido)??

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Going to buy a shovel and probe at the end of the month (Shugakuso sale), wondering what everyone carries and any advice (other than a 300cm probe cos I live Hokkaido)??

 

 

Meaning in the shovel and probe department, what do u carry?

Only a mad man or woman would forget to load his/her pockets with cheese before venturing onto the mountains!!

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Where are you off to this season Pete?

 

Will be doing a lot of riding across Honshu this season - moving over in November for the season, maybe longer .

 

Pete hasn't been on here in a LOOOOOOOOONG time

 

Hope all is well TB and SnowJunky.

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Yep, life is great in the sunshine state Pete as you well know.

 

Though starting to feel the winter stoke vibes through the forum :wave:

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