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The right backcountry gear is essential to an enjoyable trip so I have highlighted the top 10 must have items and why you need them.

  1. Touring Skis:  If you plan on going hut to hut or assenting tall mountains in the Colorado backcountry, I suggest that you buy backcountry gear that is lightweight and comfortable.  Make sure your skis and binding will take you to the top.
  2. Under layer:  While touring your first under layer might get wet so it is a good idea to bring an extra one.  Staying dry will make the different between staying warm and getting hypothermia.
  3. Adjustable Poles:  Depending on the steepness of the terrain or if you are ascending on the slope or descending, you will want to change the height of your ski poles.
  4. Eye protection:  The snow can be blinding, so it is essential that you have both a pair of goggles and sunglasses depending on how warm the air temperature.  Keep those eyes protected.
  5. Avalanche Beacon, Probe & Shovel: These are the three most important aspects to the backcountry experience for your safety and others.
  6. Hard Shell pants and jacket:  When generating heat on the way up, you will want to make sure your jacket and pants are not too warm.  Layers is the key to a successful backcountry experience.
  7. Backpack:  Not just a backpack, but one that can hold your skis and skins, extra underlay and puffy jacket, extra food and headlamp.
  8. Skins:  These are essential to bring you up the mountain.
  9. Socks:  Make sure you have a good pair that will stay on your feet to prevent blisters from forming with the repeative motion of climbing up the mountain.   Wool or synthetic work.
  10. Hat and Neck Gaiter:  The best ones are the ones that allow your head and neck to breathe.