Wapta and Bow Yoho Equipment List

Wapta and Bow Yoho Equipment List

Ski mountaineering gear

  • Skis, preferably with tech-style Alpine Touring (AT) bindings, 150-185 cm in length, wide (100 mm+ at waist) for powder skiing. Telemark, frame-style AT bindings, or splitboards are acceptable as well, please contact us if you plan to bring one or these alternate touring systems.
  • Ski crampons
  • Climbing skins
  • Ski Poles with powder baskets
  • Ski Boots
  • Climbing harness (light weight if possible)
  • Locking carabiners (2), non-locking biners (2)
  • Prusik cord (1)
  • 120 cm sewn sling (1)
  • Avalanche Transceiver – a modern digital unit
  • Collapsible Avalanche Probe
  • Avalanche Shovel (lightweight snow shovel designed for companion rescue)
  • Backpack (at least 65 L, large enough for sleeping bag, spare clothes, and your share of group food & equipment) rentals available

Other gear

  • Sunglasses and ski goggles
  • Water bottle (at least 1 liter capacity)
  • Thermos for Hot Drinks (optional but recommended,~750 mL)
  • Sun block
  • Lip cream
  • Pocket knife and/or leatherman multi-tool
  • Sleeping Bag. We recommend a three season bag rated between -7 to -9°C. Bring a compression stuff sac so you have room in your pack for other things.
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Small Blister and personal First-Aid Kit
  • Camera
  • Personal Toilet Items (keep to a bare minimum)
  • Toilet paper
  • Large stuff sack for carrying food
  • Ear Plugs for dorm sleeping (optional but recommended)
  • Insulated Booties or Sandals


  • Long wool or synthetic (e.g. polyester or polypropylene) underwear (top & bottom)
  • Extra warm shirt (not cotton)
  • Medium weight fleece sweater
  • Soft shell or fleece jacket
  • Soft shell pants
  • Insulated jacket (down preferred)
  • Insulated pants (fleece or other synthetic) (optional)
  • Waterproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent)
  • Waterproof pants (Gore-Tex or equivalent, with side zippers)
  • Socks (wool or synthetic) – 2 to 3 pairs
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Waterproof ski mountaineering gloves or mitts
  • Light weight ski gloves
  • Neck tube or balaclava
  • Sun hat

Your guide will bring all of the necessary group gear. If you are in need of loaner/rental gear please arrange with us ahead of time to provide it for you. We have most of what you might possibly need available either at an inexpensive rental rate or free of charge depending on the item.

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