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The wait is finally over and spring ski mountaineering season is in full swing all across the Northern Hemisphere. The time has come to start ticking off those lines, peaks and objectives that you’ve been planning for months, years, even lifetimes.

It should come as no surprise that the proper gear, knowledge and experience can be the difference between a safe and successful day in the mountains and one of the opposite, which we all try our best to avoid. I’ve spent the last couples months, and will continue until there’s no snow to be found, testing various gear all across the globe in places like Chamonix, France, the Ruby Mountains, Nevada, Great Basin National Park, Nevada and the Front Range of Colorado.

Below, you’ll find a fairly comprehensive list of gear—with the exception of obvious products like beacons, shovels, probes, first aid kits, skis, boots and bindings—that I trust to keep me safe in the mountains.

For those of you seeking high-alpine adventures, consult this list first and gear up properly for your next summit push.

The Black Diamond Vapor helmet is the brand’s lightest and most breathable brain bucket to date weighing in at a measly 199 grams. The comfortable, secure and all-encompassing fit gives you peace of mind when you need it most. Aside from the removable headlamp clamps and stow-able fit-adjustment system, my favorite Vapor feature is how well it fits over a brimmed hat. I always rock a trucker under my lid to help shade my face when out for long, sunny days on snowfields or glaciers. My skin needs all the help it can get in that regard. This helmet is an ideal way to shave significant weight from your kit without sacrificing your brains longevity.

The Ortovox Peak 45 pack is my go-to gear hauler for anything from equipment intensive peak-bagging missions to multi-day ski tours. It’s dedicated safety tools pocket, multiple ski and ice axe attachments, mesh helmet carrier, and circumferential zipper help you keep your essentials organized and accessible quickly. It fits all but the bulkiest sleeping bags for hut trips but still sinches down for day trips. The most unique attribute of this pack is the Swisswool Full Contact back system, which is made from pressed Swiss wool and absorbs 29 times more sweat than a comparable foam system and breathes 7% more efficiently. My favorite features that really make this pack stand out are the rope attachment directly under the brain – perfect for trips with glacier travel – and the removable gear straps that you can customize based on your adventure, which are perfect for multiple ice axes or to affix your crampons when you need to access them quickly. This knapsack is a true alpine workhorse.

Whether you’re traveling across a glacier, rappelling into the line of your dreams or performing a crevasse rescue, Petzl’s ultra-light and compact RAD SYSTEM (Rescue and Descent) has you covered. It includes a 30 meter RAD line—a 6 mm cord designed specifically for the aforementioned ski mountaineering situations—three locking carabiners, one TIBLOC ascender, one MICRO TRAXION progress capture pulley and a 120 centimeter sling all efficiently stowed in a storage bag that can be attached to your harness or stowed at the bottom of your pack. The kit is meticulously thought-out with sewn in webbing loops on the inside to keep all components organized, an ice screw holder on the outside and comes with the cord pre-coiled and ready for instant deployment. I absolutely recommend this super straightforward and easy to use kit to anyone that plans to travel on terrain this kit is designed for, but there’s no substitute for hands-on practice. All you need is a steepish slope, a tree for an anchor and a friend to “catch” to get familiar with this system. This gear can only keep you safe if you know its ins and outs like the back of your hand. PSA aside, Petzl has seriously raised the bar with this kit.