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High Altitude Clothing System
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Walter Pickett
What to wear above timberline on 12/30/2004 07:44:08 MST Print View

Hello All.

I appreciate this forum! Now for my question to the experts out there. What would you have in a lightweight clothing system if you were traveling above timberline (12,500'-14,500;) in the winter?

I'm still converting to the lightweight way of thinking. But I'm still not convinced that windblocker pants are the way to go vs. the traditional pile and gore-tex overpants approach. What are your thoughts, experiences and comments?


Christopher Chupka

Locale: NTX
Softshell on 04/17/2005 11:52:35 MDT Print View

I'm not the skinniest guy ever, but in New Mexico in February and Colorado in early March I wore:
1. Patagonia boxers and silkweight T-shirt
2. Patagonia Silkweight Capilene top and Bottom
4. Patagonia R2 Jacket
3. Patagonia Krushell Jacket and Black Diamond Alpine Pants
4. Wild Things EP jacket and Pants. I was comfortable to about Zero with everything on stting around melting snow. It was pretty windy with temps in NM from single digits to high teens and clear. CO was snow, howling winds and temps down to mid teens.