I'm going for my first snowshoeing trip of the year this weekend. The forecast for Friday indicates that the high will be 0*F and the low will be -12*F, so I thought I'd post my gear list. See if you guys think I can make any improvements.
I haven't posted weights. Most of my gear for winter is light, but not UL. I'm more concerned with warmth and safety. That said, I'm happy to lighten up if you see opportunities.
Here it is:
1. Base Layer: lightweight merino wool or synthetic
2. Insulating Mid Layer: Patagonia R1 Hoody or Powerstretch
3. Softshell: Patagonia Ascentionist
1. Baselayer: either lightweight merino wool or powerstretch tights (depending on the temperature)
2. Shell: Rab Bergen Pants (eVent )
3. Gaiters: OR Cascadia Gaiters
1. Keen Growlers
2. Liner sock
3. Thick wool socks
Head & Hands:
1. Smartwool Beanie
2. Powerstretch Liner Gloves
1. Patagonia DAS belay parka
2. Montbell Thermawrap pants
3. OR Latitude shell mitts
4. OR Nijaclava balaclava
5. Extra gloves
6. Extra socks
7. Extra hat
Other Items Worn & Carried
1. Komperdell C3 trekking poles with snow baskets
2. Atlas 1230 snowshoes
3. Petzl Vasak crampons
1. Cilogear 60L Worksack (or Granite Gear Vapor Day depending on volume)
2. Various drysacks and stuff sacks as needed
Water & Food
1. Standard hard-sided Nalgene in OR insulating sleeve
2. Soft 1.5L Nalgene in pack against my back
3. Snacks that don’t freeze
1. Aquamira water treatment tabs
6. First aid kit
8. Ski goggles
9. Fire starter
11. A.G. Russell Featherlite pocket knife
12. Cut down sit pad
I don't have a snow shovel, so there isn't one on the list. Maybe I should get one for this trip?
I do have an ice axe, but doubt that I'll need it for this trip.
I have the following clothes that I could add if needed:
- Wild Things hooded EP Jacket
- Patagonia Micro Puff Vest
- Montbell Thermawrap jacket
- ID Thru Hiker Hard shell
I've thought about carrying my WM Megalite incase of an emergency bivy. I don't have a bivy sack unfortunately. Do you think I should have one for this sort of thing?
Similarly, I don't have the Feathered Friends down booties, but I think they might be good to have for these trips.
So, what do you think?