AST 1 Course Equipment List
You need to have everything on the list!
WHAT I CAN PROVIDE
I can provide the following:
Transceiver (charge of $10/day applies)
Shovel (no charge)
Probe (no charge)
Let me know as soon as possible if you need any of this.
PDF DOWNLOAD / PRINTABLE EQUIPMENT LIST
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AVALANCHE TRANSCEIVERS
We only allow MODERN DIGITAL TRANSCEIVERS on our trips.
A transceiver with a MARKING FUNCTION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Your transceiver must have been tested in both transmit and receive modes – it needs to have a signal at a minimum of 30 metres in both modes.
I can recommend the following transceivers:
Pieps Powder BT
Black Diamond Recon BT
It is best if your transceiver is less than 10 years old.
Your transceiver has to have been manufactured since 2001 (so it meets EN 300718 standard).
If your transceiver does not meet the specifications above you will not be going skiing!
Let me know if you would like more information on transceivers.
Please bring the following to the classroom day:
Laptop/mobile device (optional)
Lunch, water, snacks
optional additional materials
Textbook. Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Tremper works well.
Maps for the Wapta/Bow Summit area and Rogers Pass. You may share maps with other students if you wish. You can buy a map of the Bow Summit/Wapta area here or you can buy one from me during the course.
AT touring skis OR telemark skis OR splitboard OR snowshoes
Skins if using touring gear or splitboard
EQUIPMENT THAT YOU SHOULD BRING SKIING EVERY DAY
Digital avalanche transceiver (marking function recommended)
Water bottle and/or thermos
Small personal first aid/repair kit: band aids, blister kit, headache pills, hand and toe warmers, extra batteries for transceiver and headlamp, duct tape, pocket knife, special binding and boot parts.
Toilet kit: toilet paper, baggie for used paper, hand sanitizer
Health insurance information
35-45 L capacity backpack
All your gear and clothing must fit inside your pack
Nothing should be strapped to the outside.
optional Additional equipment
Inclinometer. Some compasses have an inclinometer as does an iPhone (in the stock compass app)
OPTIONAL SAFETY GEAR
Average temperatures are normally about -5 to -15 but you need to be prepared for temperatures from -25 to +5
Several thin layers are better than fewer thicker layers. No cotton!
Long underwear tops and bottoms - wool or synthetic
Ski pants – softshell or light hardshell pants both are fine
Thin windbreaker/softshell - for walking uphill in warm conditions
Warmer softshell jacket – I prefer a hooded jacket but it’s absolutely necessary
Shell jacket – to keep the wet out, Gore-tex or similar seems best
Down or synthetic insulated jacket – for breaks and emergency use
Lightweight gloves – for walking uphill in warm conditions
Warm gloves – 2 pairs (mittens are optional but recommended if you get cold hands)
Hand warmers if you get cold hands
Warm toque for skiing down
Lightweight toque for walking up
Balaclava or neck tube – essential for cold conditions
each instructor will provide:
Group first aid kit
Group repair kit
GPS, compass, map etc
Good looks and bright personalities!