When not slaving over his laptop, Bend Lifestyle’s Editor Gregg Morris can often be found in Central Oregon’s Three Sisters Wilderness. Whether he’s out earning his turns for the day or spending the night in a snow cave, preparedness is foremost on his mind. Take a peek inside his backpack to see what he takes with him.
1. 1st Aid Taking a cue from my days on Deschutes County’s Search & Rescue Team, I know a good first-aid kit is vital to a quality day. In addition to the mainstay of Band-Aids and Neosporin, I usually take wraps and a Sam Splint in case I twist an ankle or sprain a wrist.
2. Essentials I never go anywhere without flame and a knife! When I’m in the backcountry, that translates into multiple ways to start a fire and different tools to fix my gear. As someone who used to ski on cheap skis, I know how vital tools can be. I also hide sunscreen and a headlamp, in case the day or night calls for it.
3. Navigation While I consider myself a map and compass guy, I usually take the Garmin etrex 30 with me for those times I can’t see a landmark. The waterproof and tear-resistant National Geographic maps provide tons of information, such as trails and elevations.
4. The pack I have several backpacks, built for every occasion. But, if I am out for a day ski, with no plans to spend the night, the Osprey Switch 26 is my go-to pack. The 26 liters of volume holds everything I need and maintains comfortability on the trail. The hydration pouch holds my water in an insulated fashion, while the dual hip belt pockets hold snacks and other small, yet important items. You’ll usually find a shovel latched to the back for building snow caves or digging out friends.
5. The Stove I have used the Jetboil Cooking System since its inception. It’s hard to beat the compatibility, weight, and ease of set up. The stove is essential not only for cooking up a well-deserved meal, but also melting water if needed.
6. Working Gear The important part about my gear is that I can easily access everything and put them to use when needed. Being able to drop the pack and boil water or start a fire in five minutes becomes a necessity in case you happen to break through the ice on a stream. But, that’s a story for another day!