The best ski lines often require some extra precautions on approach or descent.  Use crampons and ice axes on frozen spring mornings.  A harness, rappel device, and a length of rope are good insurance on descents that may or may not go.  Maybe the mountain is just hard to climb, requiring protection.

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CAMP Race 290 Crampons
Ultralight, extremely packable, plug into tech fittings on rando boots. What more could you ask of a crampon designed for competitive ski mountaineering? Not much, as the CAMP Race 290 is the go-to crampon for technical rando races in Europe. The amazingly light weight is achieved with a special heel attachment that fit into the tech inserts on your ski boot combined with a flexibl..
Grivel SkiMatic 2.0 Race Crampons
Solve your boot-to-crampon compatibility issues with the SkiMatic 2.0 attachment system from Grivel. With the levering bail at the front of the boot instead of the rear, you no longer have to worry about a collision with ski/walk mode mechanisms on alpine touring boots. As a side benefit, it’s the fastest system for getting crampons on and off. The Race version of the crampon is li..
CAMP Tour 350 Crampons
Weighing roughly 350 grams (12.5 ounces), the aptly named Tour 350s are the lightest rigid-frame crampons on the market. With 8 sole points and 2 curved toe points made of aircraft grade aluminum, the CAMP coltelli (lit. "knives" in Italian) provide much needed security when booting up steep, icy couloirs. The Tour 350 is an automatic crampon, meaning it's designed to snap easily o..
CAMP XLC 390 Crampons
The CAMP XLC 390 Automatic Crampons are the lightest 12-point crampons in the world, perfect for light and fast ski mountaineers that appreciate a longer front platform with an extra spike on the side. Enjoy safer ascents when booting up icy couloirs and safer traverses when crossing exposed faces with bulletproof snow. The XLC 390 is built especially for ski boots, with a simple w..
Grivel Haute Route Crampons
It’s not uncommon for gear manufacturers to name a signature product after the iconic ski route between Chamonix and Zermatt. It’s a little more meaningful, however, when the company is based near one of the termini. The Haute Route crampons are designed to last the whole journey while not weighing you down. Grivel uses carbon steel to make the toe piece, giving the points good ..
CAMP XLC Nanotech Crampons
CAMP bills the XLC Nanotech as the most sophisticated mountaineering crampons in the world. We think calling them sophisticated belies the simple, reliable security these add to ski mountaineering adventures. Even though they have innovative Sandvik Nanoflex® steel reinforcements on the front points, they are still easy to put on and to kick into snow ice. Just be warned that they ..
Grivel SkiMatic 2.0 Touring Crampons
A beefier version of the Race 2.0 crampons, the SkiMatic 2.0 Touring edition features a steel toe and anti-balling plates. The novel attachment system is the same, with the levering bail at the front of the boot instead of the rear. This solves many boot compatibility issues due to collisions with ski/walk mechanisms and pivoting cuffs in general. The Touring model is equipped with..
Grivel G20 Crampons
If your line of choice is where the water falls, then reach for the G20s. These “cramp-o-matics” are the epitome of light and fast when on blue ice. The single front-point G20s are tough and rigid underfoot for kicking into solid ice, yet weigh in at under 800 grams. The crampons feature wire front bails for quick attachment onto ski boots, and nylon speed levers in the rear. It’s ..
CAMP Corsa Ice Axe
The CAMP Corsa is the lightest ice axe in the world. It is perfect for technical rando races and light duties such as basic ski mountaineering, glacier travel and self-arrest. It can also be used in a pinch as an anchor. The Corsa meets all CE and UIAA requirements for strength and durability, and its clean design provides surprising performance in a super light package. Forg..
CAMP Corsa Nanotech Ice Axe
Take CAMP's ultralight race axe, the Corsa, sprinkle in some high-tech reinforcements, and you get the Corsa Nanotech. Sandvik Nanoflex® is a steel alloy that is 60-70% stronger than steel, allowing CAMP to dramatically increase the durability of the pick and spike without significantly increasing the overall weight. Also added is a single curve in the shaft which provides better c..
Cassin X-Light Axe
Sometimes you need a little more than a basic mountaineering axe. The Cassin X-Light is a transformer axe that lets you customize your tool for the route. If you’re not sure of the anchor situation and might need to pound a piton, the hammer head is perfect. If you might encounter some blue ice, swapping the handle for an X-Dry grip turns it into a serious ice tool. Designed for li..
Grivel Quantum Tech Ice Tool
Sometimes mountaineering axes just won’t cut it. If you need a proper ice tool for a route, check out the Quantum Tech from Grivel. They are an ultralight combination of aerospace grade composite shafts and hot-forged chromoly steel heads. No compromises were made on the Quantum Tech; extra care was taken in the orientation and reinforcement of the carbon fibers that make up the sh..
$289.95 $249.95
CAMP Alp Racing Harness
If you're looking for a minimalist harness for via ferratta or to safely rappel during ski tours, look no further. The Alp Racing harness by CAMP weight just 92 grams (3.2 ounces) and packs down to the size of a small fist. Don't look for lots of gear loops and thick padding that would be comfortable climbing in all day, but this harness will get you through a race course or down a..
Edelrid Huascaran Harness
The Edelrid Huascaran is a minimalist harness that doesn’t skimp on security. It has a beefy belay loop and a padded webbing waist that provides just enough comfort for long, light-n-fast missions. The harness is ultralight and packable, yes has decent gear loops and adjustment buckles. The leg loops have side buckles so you can put it on and take if off without removing your skis ..
CAMP Alp Mountain Harness
If you’ve ever stood on a peak or at an anchor and struggled to get a harness on or off, CAMP’s new Alp Mountain harness was made for you. Proprietary Sicura buckles on the waist and legs offer the security of steel autolockers but open and close quickly. The overall design of the Alp Mountain is perfect for ski mountaineering and light and fast alpinism in general. Simple load-web..
CAMP Blitz Harness
The Blitz is a lightweight harness with all-mountain features that is also great for glacier travel. A bit more rugged than the Alp Racing Harness, the Blitz features thicker straps, hydrophobic materials, and additional durable gear loops. The true highlight, however, is a clever design that lets you strip off the harness without removing your skis. Simply unbuckle the clips on th..
$54.95 $44.95
Mammut RescYou
The worst time to try to remember how to rig a pulley system is when you or your buddy is dangling in a bottomless crevasse. The RescYou system from Mammut is a no-brainer, just attach the two rope clamps and start pulley-ing. The all-in-one kit attaches to your harness in a neat case, ready for deployment if you’re struck by misfortune. In such a scenario, just loosen the cinch-to..
Mammut Rappel Kit
If only everything were this easy to acquire and use. Mammut has packaged an ultralight rap cord with an appropriately proportioned biner and rap device. It comes with a throw bag that you can attach to your pack, using the aforementioned ‘biner if necessary. The rope is a 60 meter length of 6mm aramid line that is light and strong enough to rap on. The Nano 8 is small eight plate ..
Mammut Serenity 8.7 Dry Rope
Serenity is defined as the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. If that doesn’t sound like fun, grab a Serenity rope and turn it up a notch. The 8.7mm thin rope is certified to handle all your troubles by being rated for single, double and twin-style climbing. With a best-in-class sheath proportion of 38%, the Mammut alpine rope is durable and easy to handle. It also won’..
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Edelrid Corbie Rope 8.6
8.6mm triple certified rope? Yes, it’s possible. Go light and fast yet remain safe with the new Edelrid Corbie rope, the latest invention from the inventors of modern rope. The incredible 51 g/m weight and small pack size make it perfect for long alpine missions. The Dry Shield water resistant treatment makes it perfect for ski mountaineering where your rope will be touching snow a..
$259.95 From $189.95
Edelrid Flycatcher Kit 6.9
The only catch to the Flycatcher is that you have to buy two. Edelrid chose this packaging option to reinforce the idea that it’s a twin rope, designed to be used simultaneously while climbing. We won’t report you, however, for breaking the kit in two and using the amazing 6.9mm rope as you see fit. The skinniest and lightest twin rope in the world is a great option for approaches ..
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Edelrid Apus Rope 7.9
The inventors of modern Kernmantle rope have done it again. Pushing the boundaries, Edelrid has made a half and twin rated rope that is only 7.9mm in diameter. Great for climbing, rappelling, glacier travel, you name it. The new Apus rope is treated with all the standard Edelrid processes that make their ropes easy to handle and withstand the test of time. Simply a great rope for a..
Beal Gully Unicore Rope
The lightest & skinniest half-rope on the market, the Beal Gully is a great rope for ski cuts, rappels, glacier travel, and emergency climbing. The French company specializes in dynamic ropes that have very low impact forces, so you don’t get jarred if you set off an avalanche or fall in a crevasse. With it’s Golden Dry treatment, the rope will not soak up moisture from the sno..
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Mammut Rappel Cord 6.0
Does it go? Only one way to find out. Best be ready with some rap cord if it doesn’t though. Mammut designed this ultralight 6mm line specifically for curious backcountry skiers. Built with aramid, the rap line doesn’t stretch which is great for rappelling (not for climbing). The specialty core is super strong with a breaking strength of 16kN yet weighs only 31 grams/meter. Carryin..
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Edelrid Powerloc Accessory Cord
Classic cord from the inventors of modern rope (a.k.a. Kernmantle). The Powerloc Expert SP accessory cord from Edelrid is very hard wearing with low elongation and excellent knotability. It’s made in Germany and has earned the bluesign® label, meaning it comes from certified sustainable sources and uses eco-friendly manufacturing techniques. Priced per foot. Special sheath co..
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CAMP Pilot Ascenders
Now that the Powder Keg has installed a tradition of technical skimo races in North America, it’s time to drop the excuses and grab the fixed rope. Best to grab it with the Pilot Ascenders from CAMP, since you don’t want to burn through your glove if you fall. Not to mention an ascender is required for your safety and the safety of those below you. Leave the weight and worry behind..
CAMP Matrix Comp Via Ferrata
If your technical rando race calls for navigating a fixed rope line, the CAMP Matrix Comp lanyard set is your default safety option. The Matrix Comp is CAMP's lightest via ferrata lanyard set that uses the Matrix shock absorber, which is a patented 4 point device that is designed to soften the blow of any missteps. Simply clip the Icarus slide-locking carabiners into the rope one a..
Edelrid Mega Jul Belay Device
The Edelrid Mega Jul belay device is the big sister of the Micro Jul. Designed to work with bigger diameter ropes.the Mega Jul is a versatile belay and rappel device made of solid stainless steel for durability.The assisited braking thub loop (green covered section at the top give more control. The large steel loop attaches to anchors so the device can lock up without using a ..
Edelrid Micro Jul Belay Device
A specialized device for specialized ropes. Compact and ultra-light, the Micro Jul device is designed by Edelrid for belaying climbers using half and twin ropes between 6.9mm and 8.0 mm in diameter. It can also be used for rappelling, especially on skinny rope such as the 6mm Rap Line. An ISPO 2013 award winner, the Micro Jul weighs just 62 grams (2.2 ounces) and features multiple ..
Mammut Nano 8 Rap Device
Skinny rope fans often struggle to find a suitable rappel device to match their favorite cord. The ultralight Nano 8 from Mammut is the new default choice. Weighing only 40 grams, the miniature eight plate features a unique shape designed to help you achieve the ideal rappelling speed. It also has a handy tie off prong so you can free your hands if you need to set up another rap. A..
Belay Kit
The Cassin Piu 2 belay device is a workhorse that can be used to belay leaders, followers, or to simply rappel. With multiple friction modes the device will handle a wide range of rope diameters (for skinny rope (down to 8mm), run your brake line over the teeth). The device also has an auto-locking feature when attached directly to an anchor. Simply clip the included CAMP HMS Nitro..
$44.95 $34.95
Belay Kit
Attach CAMP's ultralight Shell tube to your harness with the included Photon locking carabiner, feed some rope through, and rappel. That's all there is to a belay device described as "deceitfully simple". More obvious are its lightness and durability, with thicker walls forged from 6082-T6 aluminum to help dissipate heat. The CAMP Photon is the lightest full size locking biner arou..
$26.95 $20.95
Rappel Anchor Kit
Make sure there's a fresh anchor on your next ski rappel. Quickly add some security by tying Edelrid 12mm (1/2 inch) Tech Web around a feature and attach a 5mm (0.2 inch) stainless steel quick link to feed your rope through. The webbing features a Dyneema core for ultralight (22g/m) strength wrapped in a nylon sheath for good knot stability. The Oval Quick Link from CAMP weighs jus..
$16.95 From $14.95
Edelrid Pure Screw Carabiner
As one of the lightest screw gate carabiners around, the Pure Screw from Edelrid is an ideal choice for light and fast ski mountaineering. Smooth gate action and excellent build strength make it useful for many chores. Connect your belay device, ascender, personal anchor, or whatever else with the Pure Screw. Verified to weigh just 43 grams (1.5 ounces). Keylock closure makes..
Edelrid Pure Slider
The Pure Slider is a good compromise between ease of use and locking safety. It’s technically a locking carabiner since it requires a second action to open the gate. However, that action is just a simple thumb slide, so you won’t be fussing about with gloves on. The pure features fast clipping and unclipping with minimal risk of accidental opening, perfect for wandering routes or a..
CAMP Nano 22 Carabiner
You can never have too many Nanos. Especially if you’re the type to litter the mountain with biners. The 22 is a revamped version of the classic CAMP Nano carabiner, which set the standard for lightweight functionality. The new version has a refined gate for easier clipping and a deeper basket for holding the rope position. CAMP also managed to increase the open-gate strength while..
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