Georgia Winter Gear List for Review
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JJ Mathes
(JMathes) - F

Locale: Southeast US
Georgia Winter Gear List for Review on 12/02/2010 18:16:19 MST Print View

This is my Winter Gear List for a Georgia Solo hike
Distance: 20 miles, not the AT
Duration: 1.5-days, 1-night
Average Temps: Lows upper 20’s/low 30’s Highs upper 40’s/low 50’s Too early to know about rain in the forecast, will take rain gear and leave in the car if the forecast remains dry.

I do not sleep in my hiking clothes in order to keep my bag clean, unless I need additional layers for warmth, with the bag I have I shouldn't need any with the temps given. I'm a side sleeper and prefer a 2-inch pad for comfort and warmth.

weights are in ounces

PACKING 22.5 oz
ULA Conduit 19.0
Sil-nylon Food Bag 1.0
Sil-nylon Clothes Bag 1.0
Pack Liner 1.5

SHELTER 19.5 oz
GG- SpinnShelter w/guys/stuff sack 10.8
MLD-Superlite Bivy 7.2
Stakes-6-6" Ti Hooks 1.5

SLEEPING 55.0 oz
WM VersaLite Down 10* Bag 32.0
Exped 7.5 72” sleep pad (comfort & warmth) 23.0

COOK KIT 6.0 oz
Gram Cracker stove 0.1
Ti Spoon 0.4
Foil Windscreen 0.2
Ti 850 ml mug/lid 3.3
Pot Stand small rocks found in camp 0.0
Bear Hang 2.0

HYDRATION 3.7 oz
1-0.9L bladders 1.0
1-1.5 Widemouth bladder 2.2
AquaMira (repackaged) 0.5

MISC 10.8 oz
Small single blade folding knife 1.0
Foam sit pad/back pad inside pack 2.0
Headlamp 2.8
Lip Balm 0.1
Hand Santi (repackaged) 0.5
Liquid Soap (repackaged) 0.25
Solo First Aid carried in Ziploc 1.5
Fire Kit 2 Tender Tabs/Matches/Sm Ziploc 0.1
Personal Hygiene Carried in Food Bag 1.0
ID/InsurCard/Cash/Car Key/Ziploc Bag 0.75
1 Hand Warmer Packet 0.8

INSULATION 21.1 oz
Montbell down jacket- camp 10.6
Capilene 2 shirt- pajamas 4.0
Capilene 2 pants- pajamas 4.5
Socks- sleeping 2.0

WORN/CARRIED 61.85 oz
Base layer Capilene 3 l/s shirt 5.7
Bandana 0.85
Pants 10.7
Wind Shirt 3.9
Fleece Beanie 1.0
Gloves 1.5
Socks 2.0
Sock Liners (allergic to wool) 1.15
Trail Runners 28.0
GG LT-4 Trekking Poles 6.6
Whistle/Compass/Photon LED on lanyard around neck 0.45

RAIN GEAR 10.0 oz
Marmot Mica 6.0
Rain Skirt 3.0
Rain Mitts 1.0

CONSUMABLES 49.5 oz
3-Esbit Tabs 1.5
Food 32.0
Water 16.0

Base Weight- 138.6 oz
Carried or Worn- 64.85 oz
Consumables- 49.5 oz
Optional Rain Gear- 10.0 oz

The trail is clearly marked, I’m familiar with this section and will not be carrying a map or GPS.

I haven't decided which camera I will carry.

Brian Camprini
(bcamprini) - MLife

Locale: Southern Appalachians
Re: Georgia Winter Gear List for Review on 12/02/2010 18:27:25 MST Print View

Hi JJ--I'd ditch the bivy, especially if it's not going to be a rainy trip. Even if there's some condensation and the bag gets damp, it's just a one nighter so you can dry out at home. Versalite ought to be plenty warm on it's own with that pad. Have fun!

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: Georgia Winter Gear List for Review on 12/03/2010 07:30:57 MST Print View

You shouldn’t need the bivy with the SpinnShelter unless you just want it for warmth. Everyone I know that has tried bivies around here has had problems with condensation.

I wouldn’t use esbit in the winter. I have hiked with a few people that tried and did not have good luck with it.

I might add another pair of fleece gloves or mitts in case one gets wet

I would have rain pants instead of a rain skirt. They can also be used for warmth in camp.

Looks like a great list, have fun on your trip!

Adam Kramer
(rbeard) - F

Locale: ATL, Southern Appalachia
Re: Re: Georgia Winter Gear List for Review on 12/03/2010 08:35:17 MST Print View

+1

i would take rain pants like bradford said if its windy and cold they will help a lot.

and for me, nothing beats the roar (and quickness) of a gas stove in the AM or PM for a hot drink.

rain mitts will be fine with the fleece gloves im guessing

Edited by rbeard on 12/03/2010 08:38:58 MST.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Georgia Winter Gear List for Review on 12/03/2010 10:52:28 MST Print View

I'm in the no rain pants crowd. I've never worn them and never thought I needed them, even in a hypothermic rain/hail storm in Wyoming this year. I do have a rain skirt but that was a recent addition and I didn't wear it in the mentioned storm. In the Summer, I just get wet, and in the Winter I wear a soft-shell pant.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
rain pants on 12/03/2010 11:01:58 MST Print View

i rarely use rainpants even in the PNW ... just softshell and cap1

unless im belaying in the snow

Josh Newkirk
(Newkirk) - MLife

Locale: Australia
rain pants on 12/03/2010 14:53:36 MST Print View

Do you guys who dont use rain pants use gaiters?

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: rain pants on 12/03/2010 15:26:03 MST Print View

Depends on the terrain and conditions for me. I used them in deep snow in Montana during a blizzard. I also use short ones on SE trails a lot during dry season to keep crap out of my shoes.

JJ Mathes
(JMathes) - F

Locale: Southeast US
Georgia Winter Gear List for Review on 12/03/2010 15:46:20 MST Print View

Brian and Brad- I'm on the fence with leaving the bivy behind, I used it last weekend in north GA, same shelter and bag, low's mid to upper 20's, kept the front of the shelter open and one side pitched higher and had no condensation, I stayed very comfortable and warm all night. However, I'm willing to try just using a Polycyro ground sheet for one night and see how warm I stay.

Brad- good call on a second pair of gloves for the reason you mentioned, I have a pair of liners that I can take. I'm not keen on rain mitts, too much condensation from my experiences. I tried fleece mittens last weekend, nice for a short time, then became too warm very fast.

Rain pants vs rain skirt, for me it's easy, it's the skirt in rain AND wind. I've been using it for two years, the skirt is one of the most versatile pieces of gear I own. I used it last weekend while hiking in the cold wind and around camp, legs stayed warm and much easier to move/walk with the skirt

thanks for your input, keep it coming