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Jim MacDiarmid
(jrmacd) - MLife
24 Hour Winter Trip on 02/25/2010 11:14:02 MST Print View

I decided this morning to take advantage of all the newly falling snow to take a quick trip up to the Catskills and refresh my winter skills.

Does this list seem adequate for these conditions:

Saturday: Snow showers likely before noon, then rain and snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 29. Blustery, with a north wind between 16 and 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night: A chance of snow showers. Cloudy and blustery, with a low around 16. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday: A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 32. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Snow is already on the ground, and they're getting a foot or more today and tomorrow.

Any thoughts?

Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: 24 Hour Winter Trip on 02/25/2010 18:18:49 MST Print View

Do you have any other pants - softshells perhaps?

Unless you have cold hands, I think you have too many hand layers. You've liner, 2x gloves, mitts and insulated mitts. I'd lose the middle two, or at least the third. Are you anticipating getting them soaked?

Rest looks fine on initial review.

Walter Carrington
(Snowleopard) - M

Locale: Mass.
Re: 24 Hour Winter Trip -- Catskills on 02/25/2010 19:02:32 MST Print View

The Catskills got rain today. You might need crampons or at least microspikes, depending on where you're going. Probably it's impossible to tell now what it'll be like Saturday. Check the forums at

Tjaard Breeuwer
(Tjaard) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota, USA
same here on 03/04/2010 15:05:57 MST Print View

That's funny, I am doing a weekend ski tour here in Minnesota, USA and we are having almost the same weather, a bit warmer and therefore wetter though, but no wind.

Tricky conditions for the shell layer, if you wear WP, you might get to much condensation but if you wear softshell the low temp and wind will make it to cold with wet clothes, unlike summer where you'd just let it dry out. I'd say some good zips for venting(side zip on the pants and pitzips on the upper) might be the way to go.

Edited by Tjaard on 03/04/2010 15:12:02 MST.

Brendan West

Locale: Northeast Pennsylvania
How was your trip? on 03/14/2010 17:12:15 MDT Print View

It's about three weeks later, how'd it go?

And I'd agree with Matt. Your hand insulation looks like it could work down to about -30F! I'd have taken just the base layer gloves and the VB mitts, saving 5 ozs.

But to each his own.