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Chris Bustard Memorial Gear Library

The Chris Bustard Memorial Gear Library lends touring equipment to lower the barrier-to-entry to this great (but gear intensive) sport.


We provide gear at events and to youth programs.

The library was started by the generous donation from Chris Bustard's family. Help us make uphill accessible to everyone. Please consider donating or selling your equipment to help build the collection.

 Making Uphill Accessible to All
Donate or Sell your gear!

Please consider donating your uphill equipment to the Chris Bustard Memorial Gear Library.

Equipment Needed:

  • Racing skis, skins, boots are especially needed!

  • Skis, skins with AT bindings

  • Telemark skis & skins

  • AT or Telemark boots

  • AT Bindings

  • Backcountry safety gear (e.g. avalanche packs, shovels)

If you want to sell your gear for a significant discount please let us know in the description and we can discuss.

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Thank you for your donation!


Chris Bustard

Christopher Striz Bustard  — an avid ski mountaineering, or “skimo” racer — passed away on December 29, 2022 at 34 years old after he was hit by a car in Sarasota, Florida while on a neighborhood run. All who knew him remember him as a kind-hearted individual and lover of the outdoors. 

Chris was known for his mental and physical toughness (Chris called it being 'stubborn'). He finished nine 100 mile Ultramarathons and, in 2019, he completed the 220+ mile Tor Des Geants endurance race in northern Italy, one of the most difficult ultra marathons in the world. In early December he was selected by lottery for the Western States Endurance run in June 2023, a life bucket list race for him.

Chris immersed himself in his passions, including coffee, cars, endurance running, backcountry skiing, Skimo (ski mountaineering) racing, and gravel biking. He loved winter and was an excellent skier, despite growing up in Florida and not learning to ski until his freshman year of college. He loved cats, especially black cats, and would stop to pet random cats during runs.

Chris was a wonderful person, a great husband, father, son, and friend. He is profoundly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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