Building first aid and repair kits for the backcountry

Backcountry kit

Backcountry skiing can be so much fun: exploring new places, skiing powder with friends, moving efficiently through the mountains. But every once in a while, something goes wrong. A binding breaks, skin glue gets cold and loses its stick, that old ski boot rivet finally blows out. Or worse yet, you hit a buried stump and tweak your knee, your partner slices her head open on a tree branch, your spouse gets a nose bleed that just won’t stop.

It’s times like these that the people and gear repair kit at the bottom of the pack comes in handy. The kit is an item that lives in my pack at all times. It’s that piece of gear that I almost never use, but am psyched I have it when I need it.

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