Prepare the Mountaineering Backpack for Climbing in Winter

Many climbers we love mountain and we chalamos with any activity that you can practice on it. The mountain calls when it gets hot, but also when it’s cold, snow, or ice.

With winter white dress many summits of medium and high mountain and ascents change. The trails that were once Earth or stone now are snow and where before we could grimpar and make progress with shoes or feet of cat now we will do with boots and crampons.

Are we prepared for more alpine climbing in cold weather?

Let’s say that we want to go to scale to the Cirque de Gavarnie or we intend to climb the Vignemale Gaubecorridor. Do we know everything that we need in our mountaineering backpack?

What Should We Bring In Our Mountaineering Backpack?

1. Technical Ice Axes, Crampons, Harness And Helmet

First of all we will need in our mountaineering backpack, a pair of technical ice axes and crampons .

Ice axes and crampons are basic elements of vertical progression in mixed conditions or ice and if we want to deal with any activity involving any step in these conditions, will use more than recommended. Also the ice axe can be considered an element of safety because it will help us autodetenernos should fall on land sloping in snow or ice.

As always, harness and helmet are essential. There are models of harnesses and helmets on the market which prioritized lightness as well as security and that, for those who are more minimalist may be a good solution to subtract a few grams more.

2 Arva, Shovel And Probe

Secondly the three basic elements of security that will facilitate our rescue or that of our colleagues in case of accident in winter conditions: arva, shovel and probe.

We will carry the arva glued to our body thanks to its body adjustment straps. This device serves to locate our partners where they have been buried by an avalanche either so us locate if we are the windings. For proper operation, we advise you to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and perform the relevant training courses in addition to required practices.

The shovel will help us to dig up a body or dig a hole in the snow for shelter.

The probe is a rod of several metres in length, which will help us to touch the body of the injured once located the transceiver and thus initiate the paleo for the recovery of the same.

We must now decide what material of progression are going to use and it will depend on the activity you are going to perform.

3. Material Of Progression

The rope must not miss in our mountaineering backpack, but we also think that we will not always find rock in order to ensure the long with friends, tascones or pins. Many times we will be forced to place insurance on ice and there are the ice screws, specially designed to perform this function, so it will be important to take various games depending on the activity. It may be useful to bring an extra carabiner gear loops for ice screws.

4 Usual Alpine Climbing Equipment

A from here the rest of the material is already common to any alpine climbing: rings dyneema, Sling for leaving, quickdraws(interesting as disipadoras if we climbing on ice), belay toucan, Sling for machard or shunt type, carabiners, Pitons, when,microtraxion can be useful depending on the type of used tie-in, knife and what each considers on the basis of its activity.

Out of all that is the hardware also we should consider wear warm gloves and waterproof to match gloves activity, thermal blanket, frontal, a thermos with some hot drink and food needed for the day’s activity.

Remember that the climbing backpack that you use is recommended to be technical and light as the complete 33, where you can take all your material as well as the skis that you will do the approaches.

As well, until here the post. I hope has been of help and that we can soon have your experiences in winter conditions.

See you on the ice!

Ariadna Domens, seller of mountain in Decathlon Tarragona in .