Next weekend I will be going on a snowshoeing trip on Vancouver Island. The weather report says that it should be nice, but in reality, anything can happen. Even rain :S
Its only two nights out, and the first night our group is staying in a hostel. We are staying in tents, though I might attempt to build a snowcave and sleep in that.
My main concern is clothing, and what to wear while actually snowshoeing, and around camp. I know for sure that I'll be wearing my snowpants and rain jacket, but as for layering goes, I'm relatively stuck. Here's what I was thinking:
To wear while snowshoeing:
Arc'teryx Beta AR
Helly Hansen Snow-Pants (lightly insulated)
I've been snowshoeing before for day trips, and from what I can remember, it is very hard work.
At camp, my layering will be:
Arc'teryx Beta AR
Montbell UL Inner Down Jacket
Merino Wool T-shirt
Helly Hansen Snow-pants
MEC Trek long johns
MEC Expedition stretch long johns
And a good ol' pair of synthetic booties.
The temps shouldn't be any colder than -10 celcius without wind chill, but they could be fairly warm (above freezing).
Knowing that, what other/spare clothing should I pack? I know its only one night out, and I'd like to keep my pack weight fairly low, but I don't think taking a few extra layers or spare clothing would be a bad idea.
Some of my other concerns include hydration and water. I think taking along two full water bottles to begin with would be a good idea. How about a water bladder? I have one that isn't insulated, and I would really hate for it too freeze and be useless.
And lastly, drying clothing/boots. I've heard that putting damp clothing into a sleeping bag helps to dry them, however, I have a down bag and it would lose insulation if it got wet. Should I take along a few garbage bags to put wet clothing into, and then put that into my sleeping bag to dry them?
I think thats all for now... I'm sure I'll have more questions as I receive answers.