Course Requirements

Field Equipment

  • Basic survival equipment should be your own
  • Unwrap, check and test all of your equipmentCompass and other hiking gear
  • Weight does matter- Nothing should be single use. Repack into smaller amounts suitable for 48 hours
  • Pack items in Ziploc-style freezer bags to keep them dry and organized
  • Test pack all equipment to be sure it will fit into your pack
  • Visit second hand, surplus and online sporting discount stores
  • Snowshoes and poles can be rented at local sporting goods stores
  • Small items should be brightly marked or have reflector tape

Required field equipment list (pdf)


  • Do NOT wear cottonBoots
  • Non-constricting fit clothes are ideal (but not too loose)
  • Several thin layers are better than one bulky layer
  • Breathable, water resistant fabrics are better than waterproof
  • Check for good construction
    • Doubled stitched, taped seams on outer garments
    • Sweaters and jackets don’t ride up when you lift your arms
    • Avoid solid lined and insulated parkas and jackets – laminated mesh or mesh linings better
  • Apply water repellent spray onto shoulder, elbow, knee and seat areas for extra protection.
  • Make sure boots are water repellent and fit comfortably into the snowshoe binding

Required Clothing List (pdf)

First Aid

  • Pack items into plastic zip lock bags to keep dry and organizedApple with bandaid
  • Have a dedicated pack pocket or pouch for all supplies so they can be grabbed all at once

Required first aid supply list (pdf)

Be ready for the equipment check!

There will be an equipment check before the course starts. If you don’t have the mandatory or correct equipment, you will not be allowed to take the course.

Visit Resources for more information on equipment, clothing, and first aid.