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Backcountry repair kits: Everything to pack for emergencies in the mountains

Mountain Guide and Backcountry Access ambassador, Joey Thompson, is a bonafide badass. A man who has likely spent more time at high-altitude than the Yeti itself, Thompson is certified with the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA)—the most rigorous mountain guiding certification in the world—and has decades of experience guiding in the French Alps. FREESKIER was actually lucky enough to get schooled in avalanche safety training from Thompson during a two-day course through Colorado Mountain School, and had the chance to experience his expertise first-hand. And with these years of practice moving through the mountains, he also knows a thing-or-two about quick fixes to keep you moving if something goes awry while you’re out exploring.

In this video, you’ll learn from the man himself as Thompson gives a quick rundown of the repair kits he keeps neatly stowed in his pack for use in an emergency. You might not need them—but it’s always better to be over-prepared. Keep reading for the full packing list.


  • Large Hose Clamp
  • Extra Ski Straps
  • Pole Splint
  • Skin Cutter
  • Epoxy w/ Steel Wool and Extra Screws
  • Extra Screw Bits
  • Extra Pole Basket
  • Boot Cuff Bolts
  • Multi-Bit Screwdriver AKA the “Binding Buddy”
  • P-Tex and a Lighter
  • Binding Spacer


  • Garmin InReach or other GPS Device
  • Large Headlamp
  • Portable Charger
  • Cords, Cables and other Necessities

While it’s hard to predict broken equipment or a dead phone, these repair kits might save you an unnecessary overnight in the backcountry. Full of quick fixes, multi-functional tools and other easily packable odds-and-ends, these kits should be stowed in your pack every time you head into the backcountry. “A backcountry repair kit is something you should rarely have to use,” says Thompson. “But carrying it with you could prevent an unexpected night out in the woods.”

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