International Mountain Guides Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions

Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding Instruction


Cascades Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding with International Mountain Guides

IMG Cascades Backcountry Gear List

This equipment list is meant to help you compile your personal gear for a mountaineering expedition. Most items are required. Please consider each item carefully and be sure you understand the function of each piece of equipment before you substitute or delete items. Keep in mind that this list has been carefully compiled by the expedition organizer. Don't cut corners on the quality of your gear.

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[  ]Long underwear top and bottom (light or medium weight)
[  ]Fleece or soft shell jacket
[  ]Soft shell pants (Schoeller or similar)
[  ]Waterproof/breathable shell with hood
[  ]Waterproof/breathable pants (full side zips preferred)
[  ]Lightweight down or synthetic jacket
[  ]Wool or fleece hat
[  ]Baseball or sun cap
[  ]Insulated ski gloves
[  ]Light fleece or wool gloves
[  ]Balaclava or neck gaiter

[  ]Day pack with strapping system for skis or board
[  ]Skis with AT bindings, splitboard or telemark
[  ]AT, snowboard, or telemark boots
[  ]Ski poles (adjustable are best)
[  ]Climbing skins (cut to skis)
[  ]Collapsible snow shovel
[  ]Avalanche probe
[  ]Avalanche transceiver
[  ]Ski crampons
[  ]Sunscreen and lip balm
[  ]Sunglasses
[  ]Ski goggles
[  ]Helmet (optional)
[  ]Headlamp with new batteries
[  ]One liter water bottle
[  ]Camera and extra battery (the smaller the better)

Additional Gear for Overnight Trips
[  ]50-60 liter backpack with ski attachment points
[  ]Sleeping bag (rated to 20°F or better)
[  ]Sleeping pad
[  ]Warm insulated parka
[  ]Insulated pants (synthetic or down is preferred)
[  ]Warm mittens
[  ]One pair of extra socks
[  ]One liter water bottle (total of two)
[  ]Cup, bowl and spoon
[  ]Light toiletries: toothbrush and toothpaste, small roll of TP
[  ]Personal first aid kit, to include moleskin, band-aids, tape, ibuprofen, etc.
[  ]2 large garbage bags
[  ]Personal lunch food (bring a variety of your favorite foods, including easy to eat snacks)
Cascades Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding with International Mountain Guides (photo: Jeff Ward)
Recommended Gear

Confused by what exactly we mean on some of the listed gear, or wondering which brands might be better? See the IMG Recommended Gear Page »

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What a remarkable team of guides we had... They were patient, funny, experienced, knowledgeable, and excellent teachers. I always felt safe and had a blast. I will definitely be climbing with you again... Thanks again. You guys are simply the best!
~Polly P.
It wasn't only the correct decision but how you arrived at it. All our expedition members became part of the process. We all learned from analyzing the risks. Thank you...
~Henry H.
My Dad and I climbed our butts off and had a blast, mainly because we had utter confidence in the guys leading us. We both climbed better and learned more because of that fact. So, I just wanted to say 'thanks' and also, can we sign up for next year yet?!!
~Stacey R.
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