What do I need for ski touring? What should be in my touring rucksack?
We have compiled an easy check list for what to pack for a one or more nights hut tour!
Let’s start with the essentials that should always be in your off piste backpack:
Safety Equipment (free of charge if you ski with us)
- Modern digital 3 antenna transceiver
Clothing / Personal Stuff
- Goggles and sunglasses (protection around the frame for the glacier)
- First Aid Kit – your guide will have a full first aid this but bring compede for blisters, small tube of aloe vera for sunburn and moisturising, (serves also as a foot balm), medicinal products if needed (please also inform your guide)
- Some energy bars
- Something to drink, for longer day trips: 1.5l water carrier minimum, or camelbak
- High factor suncream (at least 30+ on the glacier), good one is Avene high protection cream 50+
- Rucksack – this can be an ABS or standard touring rucksack, 35 litres minimum (this size is fine for 6 days). There are some new lightweight ABS packs on the market. Ask your guide or get one at Jennewein!
- Credit card, cash, insurance details (scan these also to your phone) and EHIC card
- Spare battery pack or quick charger for phone (your phone goes down quickly in the cold), plastic bag to protect phone (e.g. airport travel bags)
- Goretex shell jacket
- Light down jacket
- Thermal merino base layers (tops) long sleeved , take two for multiple day trips
- Under Gortex leggings merino. Grab a second pair leggings for the hut
- Extra T shirt for hut/sleep in
- Lightweight Peaked Hat – option with removable neck and face flap or wide brimmed floppy hat for greater 360 protection
- Touring Skis – 94mm minimum under foot, go lightweight for multiple day tours – look at range provided by black Crows including Navis and Orb combined with touring binding such as Dynafit.
- Ski crampons to fit touring skis
- Touring or Hybrid Boots: Well fitting and comfortable is key here else you will have blisters. Like hiking boots Its a good idea to have worn these in. Hybrids are not as light as touring boots but an excellent option if you only want one pair!
- Small Light thermos and a sandwich pack bag
- Extra handy sun cream stick and lip protection (50+)
- Small toiletry bag – with travel size towel, toothbrush, moisturiser, blistex, shower gel.
- Hut slippers (very lightweight – can be bought in BIPA, St Anton)
- Huts may rent towels and slippers (but not all huts do) but they do not provide sheets and expect you to bring you own silk inner.
- Camera – optional, or bring a quick charger for your phone
- Silk inner sleeping bag
- Ear plugs
Climbing Equipment (can be rented)
- Boot Crampons – correctly fitting to boot
- Ice axe (general mountaineering type)
- Light Harness
- 1 x Carabiner (Petal ball lock)
Ready to go? Join us to one of our favourite ski touring spots!