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What Do I Carry in My Mountain Sledding Backpack?

At the start of the snowmobiling season, the first thing you should do is go through your backpack to make sure you have all the right things to get you safely off the mountain.

Safety Gear

Sometimes shit happens. My list starts with essential backcountry safety equipment like my avalanche shovel and probe, and a personal locator.

I also want to be sure I’m able to survive a night on the hill. So in my avalanche airbag backpack, I carry a survival blanket and a lighter. I also bring a pack of matches as a backup. I know if I’m on the hill for the night, the first thing I’m going to do is start a fire and try to build a bit of a shelter. That means I bring a saw in my backpack, too.

Tools

On top of my survival stuff I carry gorilla tape, zip-ties and haywire. You never know when you might have to tie or tape something together. Sleds seem to like trees.

After that I toss a few tools in my backpack. I try to only pack the things I might really need like a flathead screwdriver, a crescent wrench and vice-grips.

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Sleds do tend to like trees.

Other Necessities

Now let’s get into the everyday stuff that you you’re going to need when there are blue skies and no tracks to follow.

I always carry a few sets of gloves in my backpack. Usually, I have three sets in my pack—two sets of light riding gloves and one set of warm gloves for getting off the hill so when I get home my hand isn’t too cold to hold my beer. I also carry a spare set of goggles and a few different coloured lenses.

On top of that I have my lunch and a water and maybe the odd Eat-More bar just in case.

What Do I Carry in My Backpack?

This is all the stuff you will find in my pack on an average day out riding. It’s stuff to keep me and my friends safe and hopefully get us off the hill at the end of the day.

 

– Jamie

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