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Adventures / Mountaineering / Avalanche Kit by Jeremy Jones

With great pow comes the risk of slides. And this year in our home state of Colorado is one of the worst avalanche seasons since 1973, the first year the deadly beasts were tracked. Here the legendary rider and backcountry expert Jeremy Jones shares his basic Sierras avalanche kit. Safety first, and have fun out there!

ROAM: Avalanche Kit by Jeremy Jones
Photo by Jeremy Jones
ROAM: Avalanche Kit by Jeremy Jones

Shovel+Probe Link to Buy
Shovel, Probe

I use a shovel and probe, both by Jones, which I designed. The shovel is weight sensitive and made of aluminum, but it’s also really strong. My deal with all my gear is I want it to be strong. As long as it’s strong, then I try to reduce weight without losing durability.

SAT PHONE DEVICE
I bring a device that is an emergency locator device. It turns your phone into a sat phone. It’s very light. I’ve used it for logistics or to send out a text like, “Hey, we’re going to be home later.” Basic comms, because ironically, in the Sierra, we traditionally have horrible cell service. As you get two hours off the road, if you have a major injury, you’re probably gonna need outside help to deal with that.

FIRST AID KIT
I have really basic first aid kit—painkillers, a roll of tape, gauze, really rudimentary stuff. I always have one or two ski straps, which end up being really good for medical purposes. This stuff just lives in my pack.

AIRBAG Link to Buy
I have a Jones airbag compatible pack. In the Sierra I use it a little bit. In Europe, I use it a lot. In the Tetons I use it a lot.

AIRBAG
I have a Jones airbag compatible pack. In the Sierra I use it a little bit. In Europe, I use it a lot. In the Tetons I use it a lot.

SNACKS
I bring water and food. Red Clif Shot Bloks are a favorite.

SURPRISE ITEM
I always have a few zip ties, they are useful for a lot of things.

DOWN JACKET
Then always a light puffy jacket.



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