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Field Repair Kit for Colorado Hut Skiing

Backcountry skiing field repair.
Climbing skin tip loop made from lash strap.
Repair kits should be customized according to your groups gear and goals. For example, if one member of your crew is on snowshoes, do you have something that could be used to repair their snowshoe bindings? Most of all, beware of redundant items that increase weight with no net improvement of repair capability, such as each party member carrying a heavy multi-tool when just a couple of such tools are plenty.

The list:

  • Spare ski pole basket (You can make a basket from crossed tree branches, but doing so is time consuming and unreliable.)
  • Malleable "hardware" wire (One of the ultimate repair items, can be used for everything from stitching pack straps to replacing broken binding parts. Bring about 4 feet, perhaps spooled around your spare ski pole basket.
  • Duct tape (THE essential, but carry an amount based on the number of people in your group and length of trip -- no need to lug around a whole roll.)
  • Screw driver (Carry any stubby packable screwdriver with multiple bits, be sure you have a bit for each ski binding mounting or adjustment screw in your party. More, if someone's bindings require a hex wrench or other exotic tooling, be sure to bring that as well.)
  • Fire starting (More an emergency item, but can be a sort of "repair." Bring a couple of butane lighters and waterproof matches, along with a small tube or brick of fire starting compound.)
  • Ski scraper (Perhaps not a repair item, but we tend to keep ours in the repair kit. A small metal one is more useful than plastic.)
  • Multi-tool (Pliers and a sturdy knife blade are the essentials, other parts can be useful, especially scissors. As mentioned above, just make sure you have one or two multi-tools in your group, no need for everyone to lug one.)
  • Spare batteries (Include 2 AA batteries and 3 AAA, that way you're covered for all types of headlamps and avalanche beacons.)
  • Spare camera memory card (These die sometimes, or get left at home.)
  • Lashing straps (If you're group has numerous good quality lashing straps you don't need these in the repair kit, but be sure you have several.)


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