Equipment for warmth, rescue, travel, repair, winter survival, nourishment, and communication.

Credit: Offpiste Magazine

Carrying and practicing with appropriate gear can make the difference between life and death in the backcountry. The gear that you bring on a trip may vary depending on your mode of transportation, route objectives, partners, and more. Below we’ve described some common backcountry gear items and their intended use. This list is by no means exhaustive.