Back on a Backcountry Budget

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Well, now that the big spenders are back from our Denver trip (see below), time to tighten the belt again and work with our $1,000.00 backcountry skier. After all, he’s still got money to burn! Our backcountry skiing guy has essentials such as skis, bindings, and boots, but he needs a backpack. Trick here is to not be too particular, and get something small, light and less complex that still has side straps for carrying skis. If you learn how to pack light, just about any backpack with ski straps will work for backcountry skiing. The Lowe Alpine Vision would fill the bill, as would many other packs you can find on the web or at gear swaps.

Shop for Lowe Alpine Vision 30 Daypack

How is our guy doing now?

Skins, Ascension, Sierra Trading Post (see below) $ 87.25
Bindings, Diamir, Ebay $195.00
Skis, friend’s attic or remount your own $000.00
Beacon, Pieps 457, web forum sales $165.00
Avy Shovel, Sierra Trading Post (see below) $ 59.95
Boots, Sierra Trading Post (use link above) $309.95
Backpack, Sierra Trading post (use link above) $ 64.95
Total to date 

Still money to burn!


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