- 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.
- 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.
- At the Fall Session, we will plan as to how to consolidate our group cooking gear.
- An internet-enabled Smart Phone (with extra batteries!) is helpful for checking weather and avalanche conditions.
- 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.)
- 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.
- Bring $40 (cash or check) for the RMC hut fees to the Winter Field Sessions (or $30 if an RMC member).
- 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.
Pack & Gear
Complete (and email to the IOR) the MTR1 gear checklist but with the following modifications: