Recommended Equipment List
  • Clothing 1— Three layers (no cotton for any of the layers in the colder months. If cotton is worn in the warmer months, a change of something non-cotton must be taken with you in case you get wet):
    • First layer = underwear, wicking (tops and bottoms); wool, poly-pro, silk or the like.
    • Second layer = warmth (tops and bottoms); wool, fleece, or the like.
    • Third layer = breathable wind and rain protection (tops and bottoms); goretex or the like.
    • Footwear = sturdy, above the ankle, boots; type of boot depends on the season and conditions (i.e. Sorels for snowshoes, hiking boots, climbing boots, cross country ski boots, etc.); Wicking and warm socks (carry extra); gaiters are good for wet areas.
    • Handwear = wicking, warm, wind and rain protection (carry extra); mittens are better than gloves.
    • Headgear = warm and wind and rain protection (carry extra).
  • 10 feet of tubular webbing 1
  • Leather work gloves 1
  • Knife or ‘Leatherman’ type tool 1
  • Compass and maps 1
  • Whistle 1
  • Matches in waterproof container and/or butane lighter 1
  • Fire starting material 1
  • Water, at least two quarts 1
  • Food for 24 hours 1
  • Water purifying equipment or materials 2
  • Personal first aid kit (including any special medications) 1
  • Have at least two light sources and extra batteries 1
  • Signal mirror 1
  • Trail tape
  • Sleeping bag, appropriate for season (no cotton)
  • Pack (full, day, and fanny) 1,2
  • Paper and pencil or pen 1
  • Toilet paper
  • Drivers license or other ID
  • Protective eyewear (dark for day, clear for night)
  • Sunscreen 2
  • 20' of nylon cord
  • Shelter of some type; bivvy sack, tent, tarp
  • Space blanket 1
  • Sleeping pad for insulation from ground cold and moisture
  • Stove and fuel (at least one per team) with cooking and mess gear
  • 2 garbage bags
  • Portable radios (SAR and Fire Brigade frequencies) and spare batteries 3
  • Climbing harness and carabiners 3
  • Climbing helmet 3
  • Showshoes and ski poles or cross country skiis 2,3
  • Show shovel 2,3
  • GPS and spare batteries 3
  • Other nice-to-haves:
  • Machete
  • Ziplock bags (small and large)
  • Insect repellant
  • Sewing and repair kits (for skiis, snowshoes, packs, etc.)
  • Toiletries
  • Money (bills and coins)

Bring everything to base camp. Choose appropriate gear and pack at that time, depending on the situation.


1. = Meets or exceeds PACE requirement
2. = Situation and/or season dependent
3. = Optional-to-own items. The Brigade has a few for team use.

Last updated October 8, 1998

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