Below is the list of gear that you are expected to have for the course modules. There is also a Printable PDF version available for download.

Note that some of the items listed are optional but highly recommended. There are gear stores in Squamish, Whistler and Vancouver should you require last minute items. If you do not have some equipment such as touring skis or avalanche rescue gear (winter module), it can be rented in Whistler, but you will be expected to do this in advance of the course, or on your own time. If you feel that something is missing from this list, please do not hesitate to contact the course director for clarification. If you rent gear, please ensure it fits comfortably, is in good working order and that you are familiar with how to operate it.


30-40L day pack (1)
60-80 L backpack or duffle (1)
Big enough to hold all gear for the trip plus some extra communal gear. Note: Multiple smaller bags are easier to load than one large bag for helicopter flights.
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Base layers top & bottom
Climbing/hiking pants
Nylon, fleece or schoeller (1)
Puffy, standby Puffy parka (1)
Outer layer waterproof jacket with hood
Gore-tex style or similar
Outer layer waterproof pants
Gore-tex style or similar
Warm touque (1)
Wool or fleece
Waterproof gloves or mitts (2)
Gloves are better for rope handling
Sun hat (1)
Socks (2-3)
Wool or synthetic blend
Lightweight runners (1)
Booties/shoes for the hut (1) optional
You can also use your runners
Gaiters (1)
Insect repellent
There will be 1 bottle for group
Water bottle / hydration system (1)
Minimum 1 L
Thermos for hot drinks (1) optional
Carbohydrate material
A Swiss army style or multitool
Waterproof field notebook and pencil(s)
i.e. Write-In-The-Rain
Camera, cell phone etc.
Headlamp with extra batteries
Guides tarp (1)
Emergency shelter
First aid kit (1)
Include what you would take for a multi day backcountry trip. Please note: You will be assessed on the contents of your kit


Mountaineering boots Summer
Full leather or plastic mountaineering boots. If leather, they should be well broken in and waterproofed
Climbing shoes
Climbing harness
belay device (1)
chalk bag optional Summer
locking carabiners (3)
personal prusik (1)
6/7mm perlon cord, 1.25 m in length*
single length sling/runners (1-2)optional
~24” length
Personal guide slings* (2)
5 m of 6/7mm tubular webbing, minimum 22 kN strength
Ice screws (1-2)
Minimum 15 cm length
Simple or prusik minding pulley optional
UIAA certified climbing helmet
General mountaineering ice axe
B rated aluminum ok
To fit on mountaineering boots. Aluminum is OK if in good condition
Closed cell foam pad
To sit on or for use in first aid scenarios
Walking pole(s) optional
*Note: For prusik to bite on a rope you need a 2mm difference between prusik and rope diameter. 7mm diameter cord is standard for large diameter ropes, 6mm for smaller sizes. Keep in mind that there is a strength limitation with 6mm cord.


Sleeping bag (1)
Sleeping pad (1) optional
Tent or bivy sac
You may want to organize to share with another course participant.
Professional style compass (1)
With sighting mirror such as this one.
A watch is adequate.
GPS Receiver optional
There are different maps for the different modules. For the summer module: Cheakamus Topo Map 92 G/14 For the winter module either map is OK: Brandywine Falls Map 92 J/03 The Callaghan Valley Map Ski Touring map by Clark Geomatics
*Note: Maps are subject to change if we have a last minute change of venue due to weather or logistics. Please check with us closer to the date of the course.


Skis with touring bindings
Climbing skins
Fit to skis
Ski boots
Touring boots Vibram soles preferable
Ski Poles
Adjustable preferable
Ski goggles
Avalanche Transceiver
Digital preferred
Avalanche probe
Snow shovel
Snow study kit optional