What to pack in the backpack for a splitboard trip! Hva å pakke i sekken for en splitboard topptur!
Here are some quick tips on what to put in the backpack for a splitboard day trip.
Packing list: Backpack, avalanche beacon, probe, shovel, rescue blanket, medical kit, compass, map, gps, radio, tools, helmet, sunglasses, googles, mittens, balaclava, down jacket, extra beanie, extra gloves, skins, plastic scrape, spear parts, snow saw, ice axe, binding crampons, boot crampons, extra underlayer, extra batteries, camera, water bottle, thermos, food, sunscreen, lip balm.
Backpack: First it´s important to choose a good quality backpack made for backcountry skiing or snowboarding. I would recommend choosing a type of avalanche airbag system backpack. For day trips around 30L is the most used. Make shure to test it out to feel if the size fits nice to the body, feels comfortable, sits tight and is not to heavy. Some might like a bit bigger maybe a 36L and others a bit smaller maybe a 26L, depending on their own body size, strength and how much gear they carry. A own front compartment for fast & easy access to the avalanche equipment with probe & shovel are normal and recommended. A backdoor zipper for easy access to the main compartment to warm clothing, food and camera are recommend and makes it easier to get stuff inn & out during the trip. To have both the vertical snowboard carry system and side ski carry system are recommended and needed for attaching the splitboard on to the backpack in hike mode and ride mode. Ice axe loops and small pockets for organizing gear makes it easier to store and access the gear. A google pocket with fast and easy access at the top is also recommended to keep the googles or sunglasses protected when not used.
Avalanche beacon: Recommend a quality brand beacon that is easy to use with a comfortable harness to attach it to the body.
Probe: Recommend a quality brand and a probe that is light, fast and easy to use.
Shovel: Recommend a quality brand and a light, fast and easy to use shovel that you can really digg with.
Rescue blanket: Recommend a super light blanket that reflects heat and packs really small. Can keep someone warm if needed.
Small medical kit: Choosing a kit that is put togheter for hiking work for most day trips, but you might add a couple of extra things like pain killers, tape and extra bandages.
Compass: Standard compass that is easy to see the lines and arrows on.
Map: Recommend a 1:50 map for the day trip area and use of a plastic pocket to keep it in shape.
Gps: Recommend a light weight Gps with big screen with light, pre download map of the day trip area and extra batteries.
Radio: Recommend a radio with a smart microphone and speaker, so that the radio can be stored in the backpack or pocket. Most important that it use the same frequency as the riding partners radios, EU and US radios use different frequencies.
Tools: Bring tools that fit for all the different screws on the equipment.
Also to bring a multi tool type "leatherman" can be handy in most situations.
Helmet: Lightweight helmet with ventilation and google strap.
Sunglasses: Big with side walls to protect the eyes from strong light.
Googles: Big for wide view angel and multi different light strengt in the lenses to choose from if the weather changes.
Gloves: Hike gloves that is thin windproof with good grip and padding where the pole is hold.
Mittens: Shell mittens that are waterproof, windproof and with wool inner mittens is recommended.
Balaclava: Merino wool, keeps you warm, even if it gets wet and snow doesn't stick on it to bad.
Down jacket: Light, warm, low pack volume and with hoodie is recommended.
Extra beanie: Merino wool, keeps you warm if it get wet,
Extra gloves: Quality riding gloves that are warm, windproof and waterproof.
Skins: Mohair Nylon blend for light, best mix for grip and glide. Or 100% Nylon for heaviest, best grip and less glide. Or 100% Mohair for lightest, less grip and best glide.
Plastic scrape: For scraping snow and ice of on both sides of the board if it builds up during hiking.
Spare parts: Binding parts and duck tape.
Snow saw: Light, foldable, fast and easy to use. Handy if it fits at the end of the pole to extend the shaft if needed.
Ice axe: A quality brand, light, short and sharp.
Binding crampons: Light and easy to take on and off.
Boot crampons: Light, easy to adjust and take on and off.
Extra underlayer: Merino wool sweater is recommended.
Extra batteries: Most important for the Avalanche beacon, but also for other electronics.
Camera: Optional, but remember to charge the batteri and bring extra batteries because they can get really quick drained in cold weather.
Water bootle: Cold fresh water to stay dehydrated on the hike.
Thermos: Warm water to enjoy a cup of tea or to get warm before, during or after the trip.
Food: Favorite sandwich and protein bars.
Sunscreen: High UV factor or sunblock is recommended.
Lip balm: Sunblock is recommended.
This are meant as packing list quick tips, but in the gear section there will be more specific tips & reviews on some of the equipment in this list. This list is only ment to be used as packing tips, everyone should evaluate what their own backpack should content depending on their objective and needs in the backcountry.