My Mt Hood Gear List

Posted in Backcountry Skiing, Climbing, Gear Reviews, Mountaineering, Mountaineering Gear, Outdoor Gear, Ski Gear by Eric Miller - 06.05.2012

A couple of weeks ago I made my first climbing attempt of Mt Hood in northern Oregon. The weather conspired against us with snowstorms and 45 mph winds. It was planned to be a ski mountaineering trip. The plan was to skin as high as possible then don crampons and ice axes for the summit push. The descent would be skis from the top of the Hogsback to the base.

While the weather wasn’t our friend we still skinned our way up through the resort and had a good ski descent. Another attempt later this month will be likely.

Here’s my gear list for the trip. I err on the side of caution and may have carried a little more than others would.


  • Columbia Compounder Jacket
  • Outdoor Research Havoc Jacket
  • Patagonia Powderkeg Pants
  • Patagonia Midweight Capilene Top
  • Patagonia Midweight Capilene Bottoms
  • Stoic Inbounds Glove
  • Black Diamond Powerstretch Fleece Gloves
  • Patagonia R1 Balaclava
  • Julbo Orbiter Goggles

Ski and Climbing Gear

  • Black Diamond Kilowatt Skis
  • Fritschi Freeride Plus Bindings
  • Black Diamond Method Boots
  • Black Diamond Ascension Skins
  • Black Diamond Whippet Pole
  • Black Diamond Traverse Pole
  • Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe
  • Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro Crampons
  • Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Beacon
  • Voile T6 Tech Avalanche Shovel
  • Black Diamond QuickDraw Guide Probe 300
  • Petzl Ecrin Roc Helmet
  • Petzl Reverso Belay Device
  • Couple of shoulder length slings and locking carabiners


  • Osprey Variant 37 Backpack
  • Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 Sleeping Bag
  • Princeton Tec Remix Headlamp
  • GSI Glacier Stainless Dualist Cookset
  • MSR Pocket Rocket Stove
  • Vapur Element Bottle

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  1. Jim

    Did I miss something? A sleeping bag would be of little use without a tarp, bivy sac and some sort of insulation from the ground (snow).

    • Brig Graff

      Good question Jim. Eric — did you bring a tent or bivy or something too? Maybe I missed it in the list…

    • Eric Miller

      Jim – no you didn’t miss anything. You are correct, a tarp or bivy is missing from the list. The sleeping bag was a backup solution. The plan would have been to use the backpack as the bivy. It wouldn’t have been full coverage but it would have sufficed in a pinch.

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