You need to have the best equipment you can find on the market and you also have to know how to use it. Good mountaineering schools have the newest and best equipment for rental. It makes sense to visit your first lessons with rental equipment. Your guide can tell you what to buy. Essential gear includes the appropriate skis, touring capable boots as well as touring bindings for the type of backcountry skiing you will be doing (i.e. Dynafits or Fritschis or Guardians), adjustable ski poles, a shovel, a probe, a transceiver, a headlamp, and a small repair and medical kit. Once you’ve bought your ski mountaineering equipment, you’ll use the gear for years.
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Walter Laserer is co-founder and owner of laserer-alpin.at. After more than 20 years of operation, it is one of the most respected mountaineering schools in central Europe with 10,000 clients. Beside alpine education, laserer-alpin.at is also focused on guiding the "Seven Summits." Laserer is one of the world’s most experienced guides and has led more than 60 expeditions from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. As an Austrian, Walter has also done a lot of famous steep skiing including the west face of the Eigher and the northwest face of the Aiguille du Midi.
Website: Laserer alpin