Pack & Gear

Complete (and email to the IOR) the MTR1 gear checklist but with the following modifications:
  1. A GPS is highly recommended.  For the purposes of this course, you can probably get away with using a phone -- among Android apps, BCN is definitely the best, although its features are somewhat unevenly developed, and a touch screen has many shortcomings in winter conditions.  For full functionality in all conditions, consider the Garmin 62st (with free detailed maps).  Alternatively, become familiar with a fellow student's GPS unit.  Or at very least read the user's manual for the instuctor's old Garmin GPS 60Cx.
  2. The previously optional winter travel and rescue gear is now required, except that a tent and sleeping pad are not necessary (since we will stay in a hut, which also has mattresses), and a self-arrest ski pole grip can be substituted for an ice axe.
  3. At the Fall Session, we will plan as to how to consolidate our group cooking gear.
  4. An internet-enabled Smart Phone (with extra batteries!) is helpful for checking weather and avalanche conditions.  
  5. The AIARE Field Book and 2005 Randolph Valley and Northern Peaks Trail Map are both required.  (The “Randolph Paths” RMC Guidebook is also a useful resource to purchase, but don’t bring it with you on the tour.)
  6. Bring your practice accessory cord and webbing with you for indoors refresher training at the Fall Session, but do not pack it up for the Winter Field Sessions.
  7. Bring $40 (cash or check) for the RMC hut fees to the Winter Field Sessions (or $30 if an RMC member).
  8. If you are interested in practicing glacier travel and crevasse rescue, then bring your own climbing harness and rack, or at least review this detailed list of such gear.