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Never leave home without your avalanche gear unless you plan on sticking to low angle terrain. Move on rock and ice safely with crampons, ice axes, and harnesses. Don't forget your helmet!

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Tying things to other things is so, so satisfying. Sometimes, you need to attach one thing to another thing, and a nice strong piece of cord/twine/rope/string is the perfect solution for your dilemma. Tent guy lines, bracelets, nut tools, miscellaneous repairs, key chains, shoelaces... pretty much anything. In a pinch, this stuff might even work as toilet paper, just be careful. Wh..
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As a general rule, outdoorsy folks love themselves some good accessory cord. It doesn't even matter if they don't have anything they need to tie together-- the mere thought of a nice coil of new cord will entice even the most ascetic. Petzl has been the purveyors of fine ropes and cordage for many years, and their accessory cords have been substituted for shoelaces, keychains, tent..
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A simple 4 gram (0.1 ounce) piece of rubber could save a much more expensive pack or jacket. Slide the protector on the spike of your CAMP ice axe for some peace of mind. Verified to fit the CAMP Corsa Nanotech axe...
$2.45
The CAMP KS Dyneema is an ultralight dogbone equipped with the proprietary Karstop (KS) carabiner retainer. The retainer is a urethane rubber that prevents the biner from shifting so it’s easy to clip and won’t get twisted. The bolt-end remains looser so it won’t interfere with the rope’s path. Dyneema doesn’t absorb water and is crazy light and strong, making this a good sling for..
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Made of high strength Dyneema webbing, the Edelrid Tech Web sling will hold up to whatever shenanigans you find yourself a part of. Measuring 30cm in length, these 12mm slings are perfect for both alpine draws and anchor building. Rated for dynamic loading up to 22kN. Made of high strength Dyneema. Rated for dynamic loads up to 22kN. Weighs 17g. 30cm long. ..
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The Mini Link is an ultralight stainless steel oval that is good for rigging rappels. The ovals are only 5cm x 2.5cm in size and weigh 21 grams (0.7 ounces) each. Perfect for ensuring a smooth rope pull-down without weighing down your pack with hardware. The Mini Links are made with 5mm thick stainless steel and rated with a 25kN (5620 lbf) breaking strength. Not CE certified...
$4.95
The head protector is a simple piece of rubber that stretches over the pick and adze of CAMP ice axes. Weighing 28 grams, it helps prevent slicing yourself while skiing with a ice axe attached to your pack. It also could help save nearby items if you toss axes in your pack or car. Verified to fit the Corsa line of axes, including the Nanotech...
$5.95
The CAMP Touring Leash adds support while climbing and prevents you from dropping your ice axe. It consists of a simple rubber ring that holds up a strap of webbing, which you then put your wrist through. The strap can slide up and down the shaft above the rubber ring so you can switch between picking and plunging. Verified to fit the Corsa and Corsa Nanotech ice axes. 29 grams (1...
$5.95
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..
$6.95
Snap a cable on your Cramp-ins? Manage to lose a hook? Pick up a replacement or backup spare parts for your Dynafit Cramp-Ins here. Cramp-In Cable - The cable connecting the toe and heel pieces of the Cramp-In crampon. Sold individually. Cramp-In Hook - The metal hook at the front of the crampon that attaches to the front of the boot. Sold individually. Cramp-In Adapter fo..
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The 2-meter Ruler from BCA is a compact, foldable ruler that measures snow depth or anything else you’re sizing up. Featuring a small carry-size, the ruler expands to two meters which is the most important snow-depth to analyze (deeper snow is typically better bonded due to the weight on top). If the BCA 2m Ruler ruler isn’t long enough, you’re having a good season. Extended ..
$9.95
Everybody drops their keys, phone, or wallet on a near-daily basis (if not, you're probably from the same planet as Elon Musk). Usually, the consequences of this mistake go as far as muttering 'silly me' under your breath, bending over to pick up your dropped possessions, and continuing on with your day. However, you'll pay a steeper price (pun intended) than that if you drop your ..
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If you replace both the shaft and head of George Washington’s ice ax, is it still the same ax? Trick question: he died before the first modern ice axe was created in 1840. Nevertheless, you should feel free to change the identity of your ice axe by replacing these parts as often as you’d like. Everything listed here is sold individually. X-Alp Leash – Padded leash with a “lock o..
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Each deployment of the Mammut Airbag 3.0 system uses up a refill kit. You also need to find a compressed air source to reload the cartridge. Enter the Trigger Test Tool. This handy device lets you practice deployments without emptying a cartridge. Screw the tool into the deployment mechanism, put on the backpack, and pull the handle. A clear snapping sound means you’ve successfully..
$10.95
Useful gear weighing less than 30g (28g, to be exact) is trying to earn a spot in your backpack. Petzl’s Ange S (S for Small), is the perfect companion for technical ascents, descents, side-scents, and impromptu zip-lines in the field. Built to perfection with a MonoFil Keylock gate that brings the best of wire and solid gates together in harmonious union, the Ange is smooth and du..
$10.95
Can’t decide between wire-gate or key-lock closure? The patented KeyWire design is the best of both worlds. CAMP combined the benefits of a smooth-action wire gate with the safety of a keylock nose. They also used a curved I-Beam construction to make it light and strong, even if the gate is open. A SphereLock key closure minimizes play for maximum safety and performance. Best of al..
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Crystal Cards are crucial for analyzing snowpack-structure as the difference between a weak layer and a well-bonded layer doesn’t look a whole lot different to the naked eye. Crystals placed on the cards, however, become instantly recognizable and sizable. The BCA cards are available in two options, Polycarbonate and Aluminum. The polycarbonate version doesn’t absorb as much solar ..
$11.95
Black Diamond held no punches when cutting weight for their LiteForge Screwgate Carabiner-- they even removed the unnecessary letters in 'light'. Do you know how serious you have to be about 'light is right' to change the spelling of a word? It's been spelled 'light' since Old English was a commonly spoken language. Those folks over at BD really aren't messing around. Of course, li..
$11.95
The weight of a wire-gate with the function of a traditional spring-gate? Sounds great! Petzl’s new Ange L (L for Large) weighs in at a svelte 34g with a seriously impressive 22kn major axis breaking strength. This is primarily due to the H-profile shaping. However, none of this matters if the gear doesn’t function properly. Luckily, the Ange is also incredibly well designed for sm..
$11.95
The Petzl Attache is a pear-shaped carabiner designed for all things related to belaying. Thanks to the compact design and Screw Lock system, this carabiner is perfect for attaching to a belay device or running a Munter hitch. The H box section helps to reduce weight to a svelte 56 grams while the Keylock system reduces snagging. The lock system has a great visual indicator to tell..
$15.95
The Petzl Sm'D has much in common with its brethren: a modified "D" shape, manually locking gate that snaps closed reliably, and an aluminum body. The special characteristic that sets this carabiner apart is the small hole just below the gate on the body. This hole is specifically designed to tie a keeper sling for your Tibloc or Micro-Traxion, two valuable items that deserve the s..
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Outfit your Kong helmet with bells and whistles. Or more appropriately, ear pads and liners. Look here for Kong helmet accessories. Kosmos Ear Pads – Warmth and protection for your listeners. Available in white and black to match the helmet colors, these pads pop into place so you can have both winter and summer modes. With the dual-certification nature of the Kosmos helmet, you..
$17.95
These kits enable refill of Mammut compressed air cartridges. Consisting of a gasket and cover plate, the Refill Kits are available in 3 or 20 unit quantities. These are the parts that go boom when a canister is triggered. Attach the cartridge to a compressed air source using an adapter and soon you’ll be ready to ski unstable snow (not recommended)...
$17.95
If terms like ultra-light, hot-forged, twin, single, and half rope get your wheels turning then we advise you to keep reading. If that did nothing for you then we suggest you look here for more inspiration. Weighing in at a scant 54g, the Petzl Verso is one of the lightest belay/rappel devices ever to grace this ski bum’s eyes. Designed for improved braking on skinnier ropes, the V..
$19.95
The CAMP Corsa Leash is being released with its friends, the Corsa Race and Corsa Alpine ice axes. However, this leash is compatible with any axe of your choosing. It's lightweight, weighing in at only 25 grams, and it is extremely easy to adjust the wrist loops while also maintaining a firm position once adjusted. This leash is easy to use and comes in a sleek black color. Take so..
$24.95
Whether you're a seasoned ski-mountaineer or fresh out of your first AIARE course, it's always wise to have a plan for a day in the backcountry. Developed by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, the Backcountry Decision Making Guide is a tool that guides you through planning your trip, recording observations in the field, and debriefing the day's snowpack an..
$29.95
Should you accidentally find yourself riding a lift or skinning in frigid temps, the CAMP Ear Protection will quickly earn a place in your heart and helmet. Feed the buckles through the straps, pop the plastic tabs into the helmet, and go skiing. Turn your Speed Comp helmet into a weather-defying brain-bucket that shields you from cold and your own speed with the help of a simple a..
$29.95
We like simple gear because it’s easy to use with cold hands, in a daze of calorie-debt, or under the light of a headlamp. Petzl’s Reverso is a classic example of a simple piece of equipment that does its job and does it well. Capable of rappelling and belaying, the Reverso weighs only 57g. Deep V-shaped friction channels provide precise braking power on skinnier rope while also qu..
$29.95
Goggle Clips - Elastic bungee retention system that installs on the Ski Trab Race Helmet to secure your goggles. Also works with headlamps. GoPro Mount - Use this to bolt directly into your Ski Trab helmet for mounting cameras or compatible lights. Winter Ear Pads - Fuzzy warm ear flaps to convert your Ski Trab Race Helmet into a mid-winter powder ski helmet...
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It may look like a jump rope, but unlike the traditional schoolyard toy, BCA's ECT Cord has the ability to help keep you safe while playing in your mountain playground. After all, Extended Column Tests (ECT) aren't very helpful if you're digging them out with your ski poles. By using this ECT Cord, you can create consistent snow pits. With knots every 10 inches (25cm) and two alumi..
$31.95
If you’re not familiar, thermometers are good at measuring the temperature of things. Now that you’re all caught-up with the intricacies of thermometers, this BCA version is one of the best on the market. While covering a large temperature-range, the tool is designed with an emphasis on cold snowpack. Accurately measuring temperature gradients is crucial for a detailed report while..
$33.95
Multi-use gear is bonus for ultralight enthusiasts and G3 offers one with the Rutschblock cord. The coated steel cable is designed for isolating snow columns but is also great cutting small cornices. No need to carry dynamite and a snowpack tool, just carry the G3 Rutschblock cord. The cord is dotted with stiff metal springs that create slicing friction while you saw like a lumberj..
$35.95
Due to its small 23x20 inch blade size, the Crest Shovel from CAMP would not be ideal in deep burial situations. However, given that the Crest is the lightest ISMF certified shovel on the market, it's perfect for skimo races when you have an army of blades for digging. It also has several options for condensing into or onto a pack so you can keep yourself streamlined during the rac..
$37.95
Replacement holsters for ARVA avalanche transceivers with adjustable straps. Choose from Neo Pro or Evo5 beacons. These are the same holsters that ship with the beacons...
$39.95
The Tibloc is light and compact ascending tool that should always be in your pack if you’re carrying rope. It’s perfect for self-rescue in a crevasse and ascending a rappel that didn’t quite make it to the dance floor. Rather than carrying around a full-size ascender, just hook a carabiner through the hole and the angled directional teeth go to work. The body is made of corrosion r..
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The backcountry is a sacred place where the cares of our busy day-to-day should be forgotten. Conversation should revolve around the excitement for the skiing to come, the sting of cold air in your lungs, the majesty of sparkling snow and towering trees. Or, you can talk about gear and how psyched you are that you picked up ARVA's Access probe! This lightweight, compact little gem ..
$44.95
When you need a little more "oomph" in the steeps, add some mass to your axe! Specially designed to fit the Sum'Tec, Gully, and most other Petzl ice axes, these pick weights are low profile and have a secure connection. The tapered shape lends itself to slotting nicely into cracks in rock, so they won't be in your way even on moderate mixed climbing terrain. Sold as a 65 gram set f..
$44.95
The Beal Escaper may challenge your sensibilities. The Escaper is clever design that allows a descending party to rig their rappel as a retrievable single line. Not only can you ditch the weight and bulk of the second rope, but in many cases the Escaper will allow you to carry a shorter, and thus, lighter rope because you will have eliminated the need to double your line through th..
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The ARVA Spark 240 is the BMW Isetta of the probe world; it's compact, yet still incredibly functional. It may not turn heads in quite the same way, but it does have all the features and ease of use you want in a probe, and it comes in a more easily stowed package. With 8 sections measuring 30cm each instead of the traditional 6 segments of 40cm, this probe will fit much more easil..
$54.95
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..
$59.95
There seems to be a direct correlation between anxiety levels and tools dropped during a climb. Our studies have also shown that, once safely off the mountain, the number of tools you drop also correlates. When literally anything but an ego falls during a climb, everybody loses. Concerned you'll drop a leashless tool while climbing with cold hands? Not anymore. The Grivel D..
$59.95
A sturdy aluminum probe with a focus on assembly speed. Mammut recognized that time is of the essence when probing, and the last thing you need is to waste time assembling your probe. The Speed Lock system is easy and secure, matching well with the stable aluminum segments. The tensioning cord is durable and the system can be used with gloves or mittens. The Mammut Speed Lock probe..
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We've come a long way since the days when ski mountaineers used hip belays to keep their partners safe on steep pitches and lashed crossed curtain rods to their backs to catch crevasse falls. Nowadays, purpose-built harnesses for steep skiing and glacier traversing alike have reached a high level of sophistication. Petzl stepped back from the goals of their ultralight Altitude and ..
$59.95
ARVA’s Guard shovel is a straightforward take on the modern avalanche shovel. Its new compact blade was created to make it easy to step on and efficiently shovel, no matter the type of snow. The 76cm shaft provides great leverage for shoveling when time is of the essence. It may bail on fancy weight saving features found on other models, but its reliability and packability means it..
$64.95
The original Wasatch dawn-patrollers wanted a lightweight, packable harness that would handle ski belays and rappels while pioneering today’s popular couloirs. They made it in to work at Black Diamond and designed the original Couloir Harness to perfectly meet those requirements. The latest iteration surpasses even the original goals, with a new construction that uses hydrophobic f..
$64.95
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..
$69.95

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