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Gear for the Backcountry

There are four main things you need in the backcountry: a pack, a shovel, a probe, and a beacon. A Leatherman might come in handy too.
posted: 09/15/2009
Backcountry Gear (Oct 2009)

Black Diamond Agent AvaLung Pack
This 20-liter pack weighs less than three pounds. Plus, there’s a sling for your helmet, a cable diagonal ski-carry system, and, most important, an Avalung that could save your life. [$200;]

Leatherman Skeletool
The full-size, stainless-steel Skeletool delivers all the crucial tools you need and nothing more. At just five ounces, it weighs less than a bag of peanuts.

Mammut Alugator Light Shovel and Avalanche Probe Light
Three things you must have at all times when skiing in the backcountry: beacon, shovel, and probe. For the last two, try this lightweight but sturdy aluminum shovel and easy-to-assemble six-piece aluminum probe. [shovel, $45; probe, $40;]

Ortovox S1
According to a recent study, nearly two thirds of all avalanche accidents involve multiple burials. This transceiver is designed to make it easier for you to locate more than one victim. It also comes with a temperature gauge and compass. [$499;]

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