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Necessary backcountry equipment varies from season to season, and depends upon expected, probable, and possible conditions. Because SPVSP is primarily a winter rescue organization, this page will only attempt to summarize winter/snow backcountry equipment.

Avalanche Safety

  • Avalanche Beacon
  • Shovel
  • Probe

Additionally, a copy of the avalanche forecast and the knowledge and training to use avalanche rescue equipment. A useful Excel template for plotting snow pits has been published by Dave Ream out of Salt Lake City. Other snow pit software:

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