Agreed practice site in Western Canada
The guide will carry the following gear: SAT phone, Spot and/or VHF, first-aid kit & repair kit, crevasse rescue gear, maps of the area, GPS, compass, and altimeter.
You will need to bring:
• Mountaineering boots
• Day backpack (30-40 liters)
• Ice axe (60cm length)
• Crampons (must fit your boots)
• Climbing helmet (multiple impact rated preferred)
• Prussic slings (2 X 5m lengths of 7mm cord and 1 x 1.75 m length)
• Carabineers (3 lockers and 2 non-lockers, preferably light)
• Trekking Poles (1-2 collapsible poles)
• Headlamp (with fresh batteries)
• Water bottle (1 liter minimum)
• Pocket knife (e.g. Swiss army knife)
• Blister kit (a small amount of moleskin, second skin and/or duct tape)
• Personal first aid kit (small nd-aids, ibuprofen and Aspirin/Tylenol is enough; the guide will have a complete kit)
• Sunglasses (with good UV protection)
• Sun & Lip screen (UVA/UVB protection with minimum SPF 30)
• Toilet paper & Lighter (a small amount)
• Lunch & snacks
• Writing material & camera (optional)
• Map, GPS & compass (optional)
* Winter crevasse rescue courses are usually done on skis.
• Long top and bottom underwear (2 of each, thin polypro or smart wool)
• 2-3 pairs of wool/synthetic blend socks
• Mountaineering pants (preferably Schoeller/stretch wind stopper blend with reinforced nylon knees and bottom)
• 1 lightweight shirt and 1 lightweight T-shirt
• Long sleeves shirt (preferably with zip-neck, wind stopper fleece/nylon combo)
• Fleece jacket (medium weight)
• Outer jacket (thin waterproof/windproof with hood. E.g. Gore-Tex)
• Outer pants (thin waterproof/windproof and preferably with side zips)
• Gaiters (1 pair)
• 2 pair of gloves (1 thin pair and 1 thicker/warmer pair, both waterproof)
• Nylon covered fleece/wind stopper (preferably with Thinsulate)
• Warm hat
• Sun hat (ideally with wide brim)
• Bandanna to cover neck (optional)
Please note that temperatures can vary widely, from near 0°C in the early morning to 25°C on sunny days in the afternoon. For clothing, we recommend the “layer system”, and light wear that doesn’t take much space in your backpack and dries quickly.
I am an IFMGA and ACMG-certified mountain guide based in Nelson, British Columbia. I'm the lead guide at Summit Mountain Guides, a guiding agency I co-founded back in 2007 and which offers year-round guiding services and courses in Canada and Europe.
The mountains of western Canada have been my playground since 1992. I'll be happy to take you mountaineering, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, hiking or ice climbing in this area I know so well. From day trips to multi-day adventures, I can guarantee an unforgettable and safe experience.
The SMG team of guides will help you with your trip's logistics, safety and contingency plans so that you get the most out of your backcountry experience and can just focus on having an amazing time on the mountain!
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