I've been looking around for a good UL winter gear list that I can use to help me put together a system for use this winter. I would use the list that was proposed for RJ's winter challenge, but it still doesn't seem to have quite come together, and I'm not really interested in trying to go SUL at the moment. The BPL winter gear list has a good selection of equipment, but is designed for use with a snow cave and has no provisions for what to use as a shelter to carry. I've been looking in particular at Flyin' Brian Robinson's winter Triple Crown gear list, but he doesn't list everything that he would bring with him, namely his complete winter clothing set, so I'm reluctant to rely on the list for my own.
I've done a lot of traditional weight winter camping and quite a lot of three season UL camping, but never ultralight in winter and I'm still quite nervous about trusting myself with UL in winter without appropriate equipment. The winter mountains here in Japan get a lot of snow (two days ago the sea level city of Niigata got 4 meters in one day!), are very steep, and reach average temperatures around -15 C (5 F) or, this year, much colder. So I'm quite unsure of myself.
Would anyone have any good winter gearlists for me to look at, that include a shelter to carry and the use of snowshoes? Are crampons really necessary for non-technical alpine climbing? There is a lot for me to learn here (I will be taking ice axe classes some time next month) and everyone's advice would be very helpful. I'd really appreciate it.