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George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
My Winter Gear ( list) on 02/02/2009 18:35:54 MST Print View

Storm proof shelter, ability to safely cook inside, warm/comfy pad, large enough pack for gear. Use existing quilts and insulation for sleeping. Total weight less than 25 lbs.

Read, researched, bought, and tested...


Winter storm proof shelter:
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 GT (7lb 14.9oz)

Winter stove (R. Caffin Standard):
Primus EtaPower EF Trail (1lb 10.7oz)

Winter sleeping pad:
Exped DownMat 9 (2lb 6.9oz)

GoLite Pinnacle (1lb 14.9oz)


Sleeping insulation (3lb):

JRB No Sniveller quilt (20.9oz)
MLD 2Thirds XP quilt (9.6oz)
BMW Cocoon UL 60 Hoody/Pant (17.8oz)

About 15.8 lb for shelter, pad, stove, pack, and sleeping.

More details, comments and weights to follow.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
More info needed on 02/17/2009 10:17:28 MST Print View

Where do you plan to backpack?
What are the lowest temps/wind chills you can expect there?
Have you tested cooking in your tent? (ventilation, etc.)


Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
My Winter Gear ( list) on 02/24/2009 14:27:37 MST Print View

Although you haven't posted your entire gear list and weights, I would be interested in how you think the Pinnacle does with load transfer in this case.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: More info needed on 03/03/2009 17:40:53 MST Print View


This winter I'm in training mode and have been in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Next winter I plan to take a trip or two to CA. Maybe CO.

lowest temp 5F(-15C) but mostly mid-20 F (-4C)

cooking in your tent:
love it and still alive (thanks to our Mr. Caffin's articles)

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: My Winter Gear ( list) on 03/03/2009 17:43:02 MST Print View


Pinnacle load transfer:

Works well for me. Go far so good.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
My Winter Gear ( list) on 03/05/2009 20:32:59 MST Print View

Good stuff. I just ordered one (not here yet) for my winter pack.