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Postby bwca » Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:33 pm

1 bonham751 2006-10-17 19:32
Haven't been here in a long while...anyone here fixin to do some winter camping this season and willing to take the time to share their gear and clothing list??

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Postby bwca » Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:35 pm

2 paddlerjimmy 2006-12-22 08:16
Here's a list I found on a scouting site:

____ BACKPACK (and/or large Sports Equipment Bag, and/or Duffel Bag). Line it with a Lawn Bag first, to keep contents dry.


____ SNOW PANTS (available at thrift stores for $3-$5).


____ 2 WOOL SWEATERS, or POLAR FLEECE SWEATSHIRTS (about $3 at Thrift Stores).

____ 2 LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS (Wool or synthetic fiber for good insulating quality & quick drying - $3 at thrift stores).

____ 2 SETS of LONG UNDERWEAR (if buying new, look for 100% synthetic fabric, NOT "waffle pattern" cotton blend).

____ 2 extra sets of UNDERWEAR

____ 2 extra pair HEAVY NON-COTTON HIKING SOCKS & Liners (Make sure your boots are NOT TIGHT!).

____ STURDY, INSULATED WINTER BOOTS (Rubber is much better than leather. Leather will freeze at night).

____ PLASTIC BAGS (newspaper or bread wrappers, or plastic grocery bags to go under socks in case of wet leather boots).

____ WINTER GLOVES or MITTENS (As many as you own and can borrow!)

____ 2 WARM HATS (One for Sleeping ONLY-Sleeping hat should be designed to stay on at night).

____ WINTER SLEEPING BAG (or 2 regular Sleeping Bags stuffed one inside the other; or a regular Bag AND 2-3 Blankets)

____ ADDITIONAL SWEAT PANTS & SWEAT SHIRT (for sleeping only! Change ALL of your clothes, including your long underwear, inside your sleeping bag when you go to bed).

____ TWO (2) CLOSED-CELL FOAM SLEEPING PADS (or about 2-3" of newspapers under your sleeping bag).

____ "BLUE" 5'X7' TARP or other Plastic Ground Sheet.

____ GOOD QUALITY WHISTLE on neck chain.

____ POCKETKNIFE (SMALL Swiss Army Knife on neck chain, $13. Never buy a knife made in China!)

____ MESS-KIT (BOWL, CUP, FORK, SPOON, PLATE -- heavy-duty plastic is warmer than metal).

____ 2 ONE-QUART WATER BOTTLES, filled ("Nalgene" Bottles can be filled with hot water for inside sleeping bag).


____ SMALL FIRST AID KIT (You can make your own: BSA Handbook, Page 289).

____ PEN, PENCIL, SMALL NOTEBOOK, BSA HANDBOOK (No, you can't borrow ours).

____ COMPASS with a BASEPLATE, in a Zip-Lock bag (with map, if you have one).

____ MATCHES in a Zip-Lock bag.

____ CLEAN-UP KIT (Small Hand Soap, Small Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Comb, Floss, Fast-Drying Camp Towel).

____ TOILET PAPER (Half a roll in a Zip-Lock bag).

____ SLIPPERS or MOCCASINS (To wear inside tent/snowhut)

3 paddlerjimmy Edited 2006-12-22 08:28 2006-12-22 08:26
Winter Backpacking Checklist (Gear List): Ultralight Winter Snowcave Camping
A lightweight approach to traveling light in the winter on snowshoes.

BY Ryan Jordan

Seasons: Winter, Early Spring
Length of Trip: 3-Day Weekend

Context: The gear list provided below is one example of how a lightweight backpacker might select equipment for a 3-day weekend outing in temperate mountain ranges in the winter. Inherent assumptions in this list include:

Several feet of unconsolidated snowcover on the ground
Overnight low temperatures of zero to fifteen degrees
Daytime highs not above freezing
This list focuses on camping inside a snow cave. With enough snow cover, snow caves are the fastest, warmest types of snow shelters available. Properly built, a snow cave gives you the flexibility to use three-season gear to remain warm, which can save a tremendous amount of weight. However, this approach requires an exceptional level of skill in locating a site for, and properly building, a snow cave. In addition, snow caves can be wet enough to warrant the use of a highly water-resistant sleeping bag shell or bivy sack if you are using a down sleeping bag. Finally, digging a snow cave is wet business: waterproof raingear, or all-synthetic insulating clothing, is warranted. An important disclaimer is warranted here: if you are caught with an equipment kit like this and are unable to build a snow cave, or you build one improperly, you will subject yourself to severe risk of hypothermia. In context, it is important to note what constitutes an improperly built snow cave. Primarily, a properly built snow cave is one that is just large enough for the number of occupants (less volume to maintain a thermal mini-climate), has thick enough walls for proper insulation (generally, considered to be two feet), has a properly located entrance (below the level of the ground surface so warmed air doesn't escape), and proper blocking of the entrance (with packs, a hung jacket, etc. to minimize cold air exchange).

In a snow cave, conditions are very damp. They tend to be quite humid, gear has no ability to dry, and dripping walls tend to get sleeping gear wet. Consequently, we have selected synthetic insulation in our clothing and sleeping bag, and have added a water resistant bivy sack to shed some of the external moisture. We have specified an insulated clothing and sleep system that will allow the user to survive a night outside the snow cave, if one cannot be built. This system has been used to comfortably sleep at winter temperatures down to minus 10 degrees outside of a tent. If the risk of spending a night in the open is very small, and the user is a competent snow cave builder, we recommend that the user save further weight with a lighter sleeping bag. We have spent nights down to zero degrees using the clothing specified in this list in combination with a two-pound synthetic bag rated to 40 degrees F (Integral Designs Andromeda Strain).

We have elected to bring a white gas stove over a canister or alcohol stove, for the improved efficiency in melting snow. Snow cave environments are usually warm enough such that both white gas and alcohol stoves work well; however, a white gas stove has the power to melt several liters of snow quickly, and if you need to melt snow while still travelling at midday, and conditions are cold, you'll appreciate the power of a white gas system.

We have selected wide mouth water bottles for their ability to resist freezing in the opening, and the wide mouth caps are easy to handle with gloves or mittens. We've chosen a hybrid LED headlamp with a high-power (1-watt) LED to give us the flexibility of navigating after dark, not an uncommon occurrence in the winter.

Some examples of brands and models/styles are listed below for reference only. They neither represent an endorsement of that particular product nor a suggestion that the product listed is the best choice in the context of any particular situation. ... 00277.html
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