AST 1 Gear and Equipment List

Gear List


Day 1 of our AST Courses is a classroom based day. You may find it useful to have along your laptop, tablet or smart device to take notes as well as to access some of the information we are teaching during the day which is web based. Access to Google Earth on these devices is also strongly reccomended for the route planning components of the course. You may also find it usefull to have along a copy of Mark Klassen's topographical map for the Wapta Icefields area for field days taking place in the Bow Summit area. That map can be found HERE. Cloud Nine Guides will supply the required course materials at no extra cost to you - this includes:


- The Avaluator™
- The Companion Rescue Card
- Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Manual



Required Equipment


- 1 of the following: Touring Skis with appropriate alpine touring bindings and boots, splitboard, or snowshoes

- Climbing Skins. Trimmed to fit your specific ski or board set-up. If renting check for proper fit prior to arriving on your course with us
- Ski poles
- Boots
- Daypack (large enough for spare clothes, lunch & equipment, 30 litre minimum recommended)

- Digital Avalanche Beacon (no older than 5 years old) - We can provide these at your request
- Avalanche Shovel - We can provide these at your request
- Avalanche probe - We can provide these at your request
- Sunglasses & Ski Goggles
- Lunch
- Water
- Thermos with hot drinkSun screen
- Small Blister and Personal 1st-Aid Kit
- Small repair kit specific to your touring equipment





- Base Layers, both tops and bottoms - either wool or sythetic/polypro are the best options, do not wear cotton.s

- Mid Layers, both tops and bottoms - either wool or synthetic/polypro are the best options, do not wear cotton.
- Softshell or Gore-Tex, Jacket and Pants

- Insulated Layer - lightweight with extremely efficient insulation properties are best suited to cold mountain environments. Expect to be standing in cold weather while your guide is teaching - don't be shy about bringing extra layers, more than you think you may usually need.
- Socks - wool is the only way to go, cotton socks = cold feet.
- Wool, Fleece Hat or Buff Style Headband
- Warm gloves and light glove liner
- Lightweight, dexterous gloves (optional)

- Gaiters - often only needed for those choosing to snowshoe on the field day