Pack Like A Pro with Zack Giffin’s Gear List

By Zack Giffin, 25 November 2013

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    25 November 2013


    Zack Giffin


    Skiing & Snowboarding

Making a list. Adding to it. Laying out the gear. Rechecking. 

Packing for fourteen days leaves little room for error. Here’s Zack Giffin’s no-fail gear list for two weeks on a glacier.

Down pants

Camp booties x 2

Gloves x 3

Outdoor Research Maximus shell

Outdoor Research Vanguard Bib pant

Outdoor Research Incandescent Hoody

Outdoor Research Transcendent Hoody 600 mid layer

Base layers, shirts and pants

Socks x 12

Warm and Sun Hat

Black Diamond Gigawatt 195cm + 185cm

Black Diamond Skins x 2

Black Diamond Flicklock poles

Black Diamond Factor 130 boots

BCA Float pack with Avalung

Black Diamond Anarchist Avalung Pack

Head lamp x 2

Smith Gage Helmet

Verts snowshoes

Harness with Prussic, repel device, two pulleys and extra carabiners


Snow anchors

Ice Axe

Avalanche Beacon

Smith I/OX goggles x 2 with extra lenses

Thermarest closed-cell sleeping pad

-20 down sleeping bag

Black Diamond Bombshelter tent

Ice Screws and slings

60-meter 8 mm climbing rope

General-purpose 30-meter static rope 


Camelbak Nalgene straw

Travel med kit and camp med kit

Two-liter water bottle


French press

MSR cook set, four-liter and three-liter pots

Long spoons

Plate and Bowl

Costco-size Chocolate

Crazy Creek chair

Good book

Drawing paper and color pencils


iPod with speaker

Cannon T2i

Zack Giffin

Gold Hill, CO

Zack Giffin grew up skiing and playing soccer with two brothers in the small mining town of Gold Hill, Colorado. Years of ski trips and movie projects with brothers Jeff and Sam lead to involvement and eventual leadership of Right On Brother Productions, a film company now headed by Sam.

In 2003, Zack and Sam moved to Mt. Baker Washington to work in the terrain park and pursue film making in the Pacific North West, where they both still live. A close relationship with friend and photographer Grant Gunderson created many travel opportunities and photos published. Called one of Washington’s “Alpine Icons” by Ski Washington Magazine, Zack has been featured in every major ski magazine, and he has done video projects for ESPN, Skiing and Powder magazine.

These days you can find Zack traveling the winters in a 112 square foot Tiny House he built in the fall of 2011, or in a remote part of British Columbia filming for the upcoming Sweetgrass Productions release “Valhalla.”​

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