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Equipment

Essentials pack list

 All the items listed below are required to be in a Mountain Rescue-Aspen’s member’s pack at all times. Conditions permitting, some gear may not be necessary. For your personal benefit, it is highly recommended that all gear be marked for easy identification/return.1. Helmet with goggles and ear plugs (for helicopter use)
2. Personal pager
3. Work gloves Leather (for rope handling)
4. Water minimum 1 quart, with water purification device
5. Watch/time piece (for medical care)
6. Food and snacks for 2 days
7. Headlamp with spare batteries and bulb
8. Sunglasses and sunscreen
9. Hiking boots sturdy leather and two sets of socks
10. Climbing harness and assorted climbing gear
  • Two locking carabiners
  • Four non-locking carabiners
  • rappel device
  • 1 daisy chain
  • Two 8′ pieces of 1″ tubular webbing
  • Two prusiks of 5-6 mm perlon (4′ long and 7′ long before tying)

11. Appropriate seasonal clothing in addition to the following: Material: Wool or synthetic that will remain warm when wet

  • Yellow mountain rescue nomex shirt
  • Pile jacket and/or vest
  • Long underwear top and bottoms
  • Rain jacket and pants (waterproof and windproof)
  • Neck gaiter
  • Leg gaiters
  • Warm hat
  • Baseball cap
  • Warm gloves (2 pairs)
  • Down or synthetic jacket

12. Survival/overnight Kit

  • fire starter or stove
  • small pot to cook in or heat water
  • Bivy Gear (bag or 2 heavy duty trash bags)
  • Repair kit
  • EXTRA FOOD
  • Maps
  • Survey tape
  • Hand warmers
  • Sit pad
  • Space blanket
  • Pocket knife or leather man

Winter pack additions
All items listed below are recommended to be readily available to a mountain rescue member for a WINTER rescue. Conditions permitting, some gear may not be necessary. Please mark all your gear for easy identification and return.

  • Personal avalanche beacon (457 Meg HZ-European high frequency)
  • Backcountry skis, skins and boots: either alpine touring or metal edged telemark skis
  • OR Snowshoes
  • Ski poles (avalanche probe)
  • Shovel
  • Repair kit appropriate to the gear you are using (spare binding, screw driver, screws)
  • Small thermos with tea bag and hot water

Summer pack additions
All items listed below are recommended to be readily available to a mountain rescue member for a SUMMER rescue. Conditions permitting, some gear may not be necessary. Please mark all your gear for easy identification and return.

  • Water filtration ability (filter or pills)
  • Crampons, ice axe

Optional Equipment (Based on Personal Discretion)

  • Sleeping bag and pad OR Down or synthetic jacket
  • Tent OR tarp OR bivy sack
  • Wet suit and neoprene boots, OR sneakers OR Teva sandals
  • Appropriate water rescue gear (throw bag, PFD, kayak, etc)

First Aid Kit
See current list, but don’t forget heavy duty rubber gloves and pocket mask.