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Mar 26, 2024 by Megan Michelson
Photograph Dave Steiner | Courtesy Chris Davenport

Trade Secrets: Chris Davenport | Packing's 10-Second Rule

The famed guide on how not to forget what you need to pack.

Home Base / Aspen, Colorado.

Activities / Backcountry skiing, mountaineering

Insider Knowledge

“One thing I always share with my clients is this idea of the 10-second rule,” Davenport says. “Before I close the door, I take 10 seconds and look around and make sure I haven’t forgotten anything. At the top of the mountain, when you’re transitioning from touring to skiing, take those 10 seconds and check: Are my boots buckled, are my skins off, am I in ski mode? The euphoria and the nerves that come with getting to the top of mountains makes people forget. The 10-second rule is about introducing an intentional pause that you can incorporate into everyday life.”

Photograph Courtesy Chris Davenport
The one question you don't want to ask after dropping in is: "Am I in ski mode?"

Quick Tip

“The 10-second rule can save your life in the backcountry, but it’s also helpful with more mundane tasks. When I leave my house to go to the airport for a trip, I stop and quickly run through everything I need: passport, wallet, phone charger. It’s a nice reminder to slow down.”