No snowmobiles, please.
Great Winter Backcountry Access


What to Bring


  • Food (for all meals)
  • Beverages
  • Coffee & tea
  • Condiments (salt & pepper provided)
  • Thermal mug (nice but optional)
  • Water (you can also melt snow on the stove)

Winter Gear

  • Backcountry skis, metal edges recommended
  • Backcountry ski boots, waterproofed
  • Ski poles
  • Climbing skins OR
  • Snowshoes or snowboard
  • Sleeping bag good to at least zero degrees (warmer is better)
  • Mt. Sherman and Mt. Elbert quad maps
  • Compass (Silva is a good brand to buy)
  • GPS (nice but optional)
  • Headlamp necessary (check bulb and batteries)
  • Internal frame backpack
  • Ski sled as alternative to pack
  • Ground cloth for emergency bivouacs
  • Swiss army knife or other
  • Candles in case mantle breaks in propane light
Snow can happen any time of the year

Summer Gear

  • Hiking boots/ camp shoes
  • Day pack
  • Trekking poles
  • *High clearance- 4 wheel drive vehicle
  • Map/compass
  • GPS (optional)
  • Water ( we supply some)
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Hat with brim
  • Wool hat and gloves
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Short and long sleeve polypro (top and bottom)
  • Rain gear (top and bottom)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking pants/ shorts
  • Wool socks
  • Underwear
  • Personal gear- toiletries; medicine

Mountain weather is changeable- bring layered clothing and remember temperatures at 12,000 feet can be warm during the day and cold at night.

Remember the phrase "Cotton kills"

Picnic table and fire ring
Group Backcountry Equipment

All group members should be proficient with avalanche transceivers, avalanche awareness, and general backcountry skills.

  • Knowledgeable group leader
  • Map, compass, and the knowledge to use them
  • Snow shovel (small packable avalanche rescue and snow shovel for emergency shelter and digging)
  • Probe ski poles or avalanche probe poles
  • Large day pack
  • Avalanche transceivers (one per person - proficiency necessary)
  • Backcountry skiing working knowledge and current avalanche awareness skills

    Colorado Avalance Information Center

    Leadville Area

    In case of emergency please call Tom Johnston 303-638-4854 or Sonia Webb 702-337-4453.

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