Military units, tactical law enforcement teams, special ops, SAR squads and helo outfits, I find myself doing more and more alpine and avalanche trainings for these groups.
Often, forays into the mountains are but one slice of a much larger mission menu. Unlike a professional backcountry guide who is “out in the business” every day, these professional operators must be well versed in a variety of environments and response strategies.
Often, significant time may pass between a team’s experiences in the alpine. So I wanted to generate a list of resources that these groups can keep on hand so that when it’s time to dispatch up high, they can quickly calibrate and focus their mindset for backcountry missions above treeline.
A huge thank you goes out to these heroes who selflessly respond when others can’t or simply won’t. Let me know what you’d add or subtract from this list. It’s an honor training with you.
Basic Avalanche/Alpine/Backcountry Jump Kit-
(in addition to your Personal Go Gear and PPE….)
ABS Pack (40L+) with Shovel/probe/transceiver (batteries should not be stored in unit)
Skis/splitboard with skins and crampons
medical, survival and repair kit.
Analog backups- map/compass/non digital checklists
Snow Saw, Snow crystal card and Inclinometer
Proper fitting boots/insoles, winter layers, goggles
hydration and nutrition supplies, hot brew, sunscreen/chapstick
Harness, 3 locking carabiners, RAD System
Brooks Rescue Sled
JetBoil stove system
Add Additional Mission “Tools & Resources” for
WildMed,Triage & LZ prep
LEO/Military: Mitigation,Suppression,Apprehension, Extraction (you know what’s best here!)
AIARE’s Decision Making Framework & Coms Checklist
AIARE Field Rescue Card
AIARE Blue Book with mechanical pencils & all-weather cover
1 set of Brooks Range Guide Cards & All-Weather Cover
WildMed Field Book
GPS and Personal Locator Device (InReach or SPOT device)
Radios- for field to field and ground to air coms
Cell phone w/ solar charger/spare batteries
Tactical Lighting w/ spare batteries
Apps- Caltopo, & GAIA, (great article on the interface/utilization of these two together)
Guidepace (easily figure out your Munter math)
Wild Med Digital Handbook & Digital SOAP notes
Helo specific- consider the O’Bellx/DaisyBell systems