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Jeff K
(jeff.k) - F

Locale: New York
Winter Gear List - Castkills on 01/28/2010 20:15:53 MST Print View

Last weekend I went camping with the below gear list and was quite cozy with a night time low of 24 in the shelter. What changes do you think I will need to make to get this to work to lower temperatures such as a low at night of 5 degrees? I only slept in the tights and merino wool hoody.

SitLight Pad 1.38
Thermawrap Pants 10.83
Montbell EXLight Down Jacket 4.87
Integral Designs Down Booties 12.13
Driducks Jacket 6.14
ULA Rain Mitts 1.16
BD Spot Headlamp 2.68


MLD DuoMid 17.46
MLD Superlight Bivy 7.58

WM UltraLite 29
Gossamer Gear 3/8inch pad 3
Exped Downmat 7 Short 24.34

Osprey Talon 44 Pack 36.97
First Aid Kit, Repair Kit, etc 7

Plastic water bottle bottle 1.5

SnowPeak 1400ml Pot w/ Esbit 10
Map 0.53

Worn 71.04
Montrail Hard Rocks 27.94
Smartwool Tall/Thick Socks 2.75
Tights 6.53
Running Shorts 3.39
BPL Merino Hoody 8.5
Houdini 3.67
Icebreaker Merino Hat 1.45
Smartwool Glove Liners 1.41
Goosamer Gear LT4 8.68

I was planning on bringing the following in addition to the above:

R1 Pants 8.08
R1 Hoody 11.32
BPL UL Balakava 1.87
Alpine Light Down Parka 13.83
Nalgene
Microspikes
Snowshoes (if significant snow)
Pee bottle
Extra Smartwool Tall/Thick Socks 2.75
Fleece Gloves 2.93
Dishwasher gloves for VBL
Reynolds Oven bags and liner socks for VBL socks
Trash bag for VBL vest if need be

I also was planning on swapping out the 3/8 inch GG thinlight pad for the thicker Nightlight pad (R~=2.2).

Will this be enough? Should I bring my MSR WhisperLite stove instead of Esbit? I would expect snow and ice of a couple inches to a foot or two. The first night I will be sleeping quite close to my car as I will be getting to the trail head late. That way I can bring a little extra insurance and leave it in the car or just bailout if need be.

What am I missing? I am not too worried about cutting down extra weight at this point I just want to minimize my chances of needing to bail out early.

Thanks for any suggestions you may have!

Edited by jeff.k on 01/28/2010 20:23:52 MST.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Winter Gear List - Castkills on 01/28/2010 20:21:25 MST Print View

Ever since another poster mentioned Reynolds Oven Bags to use as VBL socks, and I tried them, I've been a fan. Much more robust than bread bags, more comfortable, and still light. They'll last a number of trips instead of less than one.

Jeff K
(jeff.k) - F

Locale: New York
Re: Re: Winter Gear List - Castkills on 01/28/2010 20:23:16 MST Print View

Hi Douglas,

Thanks for passing the tip along. I remember reading that, but I had forgotten. I will pick some up at the store and give them a try.