Mountain Search & Rescue — What's In My Pack?

Mountain Search & Rescue — What's In My Pack?

All of us at Exo are backcountry hunters and design our gear from that perspective. But we also love that our packs are used in other outdoor pursuits and disciplines — including military, law enforcement, and other backcountry professionals, such as Search & Rescue (SAR) teams.

Today we are featuring how SAR team member, Chad B., uses his K3 Pack System for mountain Ski Patrol and SAR duties.

Search & Rescue Pack List

  • CAT Tourniquet
  • First Aid Kit: Steri-Strips, Band-Aids, Gloves, Syringe and Butterfly Needle, Luekotape, Antibiotics
  • Benchmade Pardue 531 Knife
  • Whistle
  • Ski Strap
  • 2 Lighters
  • Flint
  • Fire Starter Blocks
  • Piece of Aluminum Foil
  • 1” Webbing, 15-20’
  • Prusik Loop
  • Auto-Lock Carabiner
  • Compass
  • Electrical Tape
  • Paracord
  • Small Tarp
  • Snacks (Kind Bars, Honey Stinger, Rx Bars, Haribo Gummy Bears, etc)
  • Freeze Dried Meal
  • Long-Handle Titanium Spoon
  • Jetboil MicroMo Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hand and 12-hour Body Warmers
  • Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter with 3-Liter Camelbak and Platypus Bag, or Life Straw or Titanium Bottle
  • Black Diamond Spot Headlamp x 2, Extra Batteries
  • Mammut Eigerjoch Down Jacket
  • Mammut Marmot Gore-Tex Active Shell
  • First Lite Kiln Merino Wool Hoody
  • First Lite Talus Fingerless Gloves
  • Wool Beanie
  • Anker PowerCore Battery Charger (13000mAh), with cords for phone and InReach
  • Garmin InReach
  • Volkl Climbing Skins
  • Tact Bivy by Frogg & Co

Adapting to Seasons & Conditions

In colder weather, or for longer missions, Chad may swap the 1800 bag on his K3 Frame for the 4800. That extra space allows him to carry additional gear, such as a sleeping bag, synthetic insulation layers, rain gear, shelter, and more.

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