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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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Lightweight backcountry ski gear has been a revelation to many skiers, but new technologies in the school of fast-and-light have mostly stuck to the three main categories: skis, boots, and bindings. Recently, however, we've seen a surge in innovation in other pieces of ski-mountaineering kit, with an exciting new option coming in the form of a Vision. BD claims the Vision is their ..
$99.95 $74.96
The CAMP Skimo Tour Crampons are built with the same efficient design as the race version, but tailored to fit the needs of the everyday backcountry skiers and alpinists. The fool-proof T-Stop that corrals your toe welt into the front of the crampon makes dicey transitions that much easier. The height-adjustable heel lever ensures a proper fit regardless of the boot. A micro-adjust..
From $179.95
The Kong Kosmos helmet might be our new favorite multi-purpose helmet (since most of our "ski" helmets are actually climbing helmets). While it's not the lightest around (385g for a S/M) it certainly has the functional know-how to back up the beef. The adjustment strap sits really low on your noggin' and provides a secure wrap all the way around your head. A single button operates ..
$119.95
As the big brother of the Ultralight pack, the 30-liter version allows you to carry technical gear and a few more candy bars. The Light Removable Airbag 3.0 offers the same safety features since it’s also equipped with Mammut’s third iteration RAS. The bigger pack is still light by itself, but it’s built with an aluminum frame to better handle a bigger load. That is important when ..
$579.95
The ARVA Plume is one of the lightest functional avalanche saftey shovels on the market. With a 46cm (18.25 inch) carbon fiber shaft and a sizeable 24.5cm x 25cm (9.6in x 9.8in) aluminum scoop, the Plume will actually move some avalanched-hardened snow. But since it weighs right around 400 grams, you might not feel like you're carrying a true rescue device. Full length carbon..
$74.95 $59.95
Weighing in at under 100g, the Blue Ice Choucas Light harness is definitely light! At the same time, it’s also extremely practical. The ski mountaineering harness is robust, packs easily, and fits in your pocket. Leg loop clips let you take it on and off with your skis on. Winner of an Outdoor Industry Award for its innovative design, the Choucas Light is guaranteed to inspire you ..
$79.95
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..
$16.95
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..
$12.95
When the going gets steep, the Ride ice-axe from Petzl steps up to answer the call. Purpose-built for steep skiing, the Ride has a steel head, curved shaft, and a pick tapered to 3mm. These features ensure that you get a placement you can count on when you’re picking or plunging. The Petzl Ride axe is durable enough for daily ski mountaineering yet still impressively light. It will..
$99.95
Designed to cut snow blocks, the G3 Bonesaw might be more at home in the zombie apocalypse. A proper backcountry skier should know exactly what he/she is about to ski on, and what better way to analyze the snowpack than with a saw inscribed with a snow-crystal sizing grid? Offset teeth, a long blade, contoured handle, and protective sheath(+50g) make the Bonesaw a real favorite amo..
$68.95
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 ..
$219.95 $164.96
The BCA Slope Meter is a necessary tool for just about any backcountry enthusiast. The simple device is great for validating your choice of ski line, ensuring proper bragging rights, and helping to gauge your comfort level in questionable terrain. At the very least, it’s a great way to hone your instincts with many rounds of “guess the slope angle”. The BCA Slope Meter doesn’t requ..
$24.95 From $19.96
Say goodbye to constantly refilling airbag canisters and the hassles of traveling with them and say "Hello" to the SCOTT Patrol E1 30 Avy Pack! The E1 Alpride Airbag System is the lightest electronic airbag yet and is simple to use, simple to charge, easy to travel with, and extremely reliable. It’s powered by 4 supercapacitors that don’t use a chemical reaction to store energy so ..
$1149.95
Crampons that are super light and fast to put on? We’re listening! Dynafit is introducing a novel new crampon system that makes sloppy toe-bail fits a thing of the past: the Cramp-In Crampon. If you are a lucky owner of a Dynafit boot that are compatible with this crampon (hint, if it doesn’t have a toe welt, it’s likely compatible...see note below), your luck is about to be double..
$299.95
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
It is an undeniable fact that more is just better. More vegetables, mo' money*, more fiber, etc… With the “more is better” attitude in mind, the folks at Mammut designed a ridiculously versatile climbing rope in the Bluesign certified 8.7mm Alpine Sender Dry Rope. This triple-certified rope can act as a single, double, or twin rope providing unmatched all-season capability for wher..
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Crampons can be finicky little necessities, but they're extremely valuable allies when it comes to general mountaineering. Lucky for you, we have a very good recommendation that will fit just about any boot, even those of our splitboarding brethren. The CAMP XLC 490 Universal crampons are lightweight and 3D pressed to help maximize design strength. Keeping in mind your motivation f..
$149.95
Unlike Icarus, when it comes to mountaineering you can never fly too high, and one way to hit those heights in a minimalist fashion is with Petzl's Fly harness. By removing all metal parts and traditional buckles from this design, Petzl has created an innovative harness in a lightweight package using its FUSEFRAME technology. The Fly harness has girth hitches at the leg loops and a..
$99.95
Ski mountaineering compounds the risks of typical backcountry travel. With the potential for falling rock and ice, steep terrain, and all sorts of rope shenanigans, keeping yourself safe involves finding a great helmet. Protect your head from the unexpected with the Black Diamond Vision MIPS helmet. The Vision uses a classic dual-foam construction to ensure daily durability as well..
$139.95 $104.96
Ski mountaineering can be risky business. Most routes are comprised of some combination of cracks, dihedrals, chutes, couloirs, or steep-but-not-quite-vertical rock faces that inevitably hold potentially day-ruining hard chunks and blocks. Water is routinely melted and refrozen as the temperatures change from day to night and back again, and this cycle is notorious for encouraging ..
$179.95
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..
$49.95
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
A "rad" little package! The Petzl RAD (Rescue And Descent) System is designed as a quick deploying kit for skiers traveling in steep terrain or on glaciers where they may need to rope up, rappel, or perform a partner rescue from a crevasse. The kit is comprised of 30 meters of specially designed 6mm cordage, a Tibloc ascender, Micro Traxion pulley/ascender, 3 Attache carabiners, a ..
$399.95
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...
$5.95
These aluminum cartridges store the life-blood of the Mammut Airbag system: simple compressed air. The cartridges can be purchased with or without a charge, noting there are transport restrictions on a charged unit (no air travel). Either one can be refilled using a compressed air source such as a SCUBA or paintball tank. To recharge a unit, you’ll need a tank, adapter, and a refil..
$199.95
In the battle for lightweight head protection, Black Diamond has moved a-head with the Vapor helmet. With a head-turning weight of 199 grams (7.0 ounces) [M/L], the Vapor can already be seen atop the heads of many skimo racers. It’s packed in the back with head-cooling vents, while remaining head-lamp compatible. The fore-head is a smooth wind-blocking sheet, preventing head-sweat ..
$139.95 $104.96
The CAMP Corsa Ice axe is ridiculously lightweight. 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..
$119.95
Meeting both climbing and skiing certifications, CAMP's newest skimo race helmet lets you rest assured that your noggin is protected. The Speed Comp has been beefed up to account for side-impacts that are more likely when skiing versus pure mountaineering. Complementing the added safety features, the Speed Comp helmet improves comfort as well. CAMP uses a glove-friendly adjustment ..
$119.95
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..
$31.95
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
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...
$7.95
If you are in need of a super lightweight, skimo racing specific probe, look no further than the Arva Race 240. This probe weighs just 122g and, like the older Carbon Compact, has eight 30cm sections rather than six 40cm sections. Looking to be even more compact and lightweight? The Race 240 Probe can answer your call; one section can be removed if desired, saving some weight and l..
$99.95 From $79.95
Made to be light and compact, the Neve Pro is a must-have for when the skin track turns into a near-vertical boot pack. With 10 points, the Neve Pro doesn’t skimp in the traction department, while the aluminum toe and heel help to keep the weight (or lack thereof) in check. The quick-lock center cable offers seamless tool-free adjustment while allowing the crampon to fold on itself..
$169.95
CAMP's Voyager helmet. Cool name for a cool helmet that keeps you cool. 17 (go ahead and count them) vents are just one of the upshots of this brain bucket. Don't worry, it will keep you warm as well. A removable liner and removable ear flaps will have you comfortably skiing and well protected from mid-winter, to spring all the way through volcano season. When those ski days become..
$139.95
Race sometimes? Go fast all the time? If this describes your style, then ARVA built the Plume Carbon shovel just for you. Featuring a lightweight carbon fiber shaft, you can shave grams without sacrificing blade size; ARVA knows your shovel needs to move snow. The T-grip handle makes for easy handling while shoveling from either side when seconds count. The 24cm x 24cm shovel blade..
$79.95
Were you the runt of the family? You may have been the lightest, but you were probably the quickest too. Blue Ice's Harfang Tour is just the same - the lightest option in the Harfang family that will allow you to go that much faster as you carry less in your pack, or on your feet. The all-aluminum construction when paired with the slick Harfang design shaves weight that other cramp..
$169.95
We have all heard the term, "as hard as steel." If you need a set of crampons that fall into that category, then the all ChroMoly steel Blue Ice Harfang Enduro crampons can be your new rough and tumble adventure partner. This amazing design doesn't just look cool, it saves weight, offers up configuration options, and allows these sharps to squish down into a cute little ball of poi..
$159.95
If you’ve ever thought to yourself “man, it’d be really cool if I could use my ice axe as a shovel handle,” you’re not alone. For years, weight and space-minded ski mountaineers have fantasized about the mythical ice axe that acted as a shovel handle. If you’re anything like us, you may have even tried all sorts of axe and shovel blade combinations, but haven't been satisfied. Alas..
$129.95
Light, versatile, and protective. These are but three adjectives among many that can be used to describe the Petzl Meteora Helmet. With an In-Mold construction and women-specific cutout on the adjustment band to sit over a ponytail, the Meteora is designed to sit low on your head, increasing coverage for maximal protection. The large and numerous vents on the Meteora encourage airf..
$89.95
Offering just the right amount of protection, especially when considering their weight and breathability, climbing helmets are increasingly being pressed into service by many backcountry users looking to cash in on these qualities. Seeing this trend, companies like Mammut and Petzl have devised a “ski touring” standard that recognizes the unique protective considerations ski tourin..
$119.95
Some advantages of protecting the pointy ends of your ice axe include: 1) Preventing damage to your snow tools, 2) Preventing damage to all other gear within close proximity of your snow tools, and 3) Preventing damage to your body. These thermoplastic doodads come in safety orange so they can be easily spotted at the bottom of your pack. They also come with nifty closures so they ..
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Increasingly, many airbag owners are discovering the benefits of a battery-operated system. That is, the ability to travel on an airplane, multiple deployments on a single charge, and forgoing the hassle of needing to refill a canister after a single use. Recognizing this, Ortovox and Arc’teryx collaborated to create the Avabag Litric platform. Taking this platform, Ortovox made th..
$1199.95
If you make a living teaching avalanche courses or otherwise value squeezing the most utility out of your avalanche transceiver, the ARVA Neo BT Pro is here to push the envelope. Boasting a massive 80 meters of search strip width, the search range can be pushed even further to 90 meters in analog mode (complemented by automatic sensitivity calibration). Other high-end capabilities ..
$399.95
Commandment #2477 of ski alpinism: thou shalt not scramble on rock with aluminum crampons. Instead of wincing each time you encounter a surface of mineralogic origin, suit up with the Dynafit Mezzalama Crampon, knowing you’ll have the best blend of durability and weight savings. The Mezzalama is built from the same chassis as the DNA crampons but swaps the aluminum for full stainle..
$249.95
When you’re engaged in a European ski mountaineering race, it’s much more encouraging to hear cries of “Allez, allez, allez!” than “Oh, la la la!” To cultivate a more uplifting ratio of these phrases, the Dynafit DNA crampons will be your trusty ami(e). Tailored specifically for ski racing, these full-aluminum, ten-pointed spikey bits are ideal on packed, wind-affected, or refrozen..
$249.95
Blue Ice’s Harfang crampons are splendidly lightweight, with a minimum of excess parts. However, should you need a replacement, these parts will do the trick. All parts are sold in pairs and compatible with the Harfang crampon series. ABS Anti-Balling System - TPU plastic plates secure using Phillips screws to the front, secondary, and rear rails to prevent dangerous snow buildu..
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It's well known that the Blue Ice Aero Lite ice screws help you levitate up ice climbs, thanks in part to their three-toothed design. However, it's equally well known that those teeth don't play nice with clothes or other soft goods. Should you lose the original protective cap that comes with each screw, grab a few more to keep your clothes intact when they have to share space with..
$14.95
The Dynafit TLT Helmet really can do it all. It is triple certified for skiing, climbing, and cycling so you can be fast, light, and stylish for every sport in every season. No matter the time of year, a removable visor will help protect you from the sun's glare. Exceptional ventilation system provides comfort and breathability which will help keep you moving throughout the day. A ..
$149.95

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