I am thinking about it... I will be doing some extended ski touring after work ends for the season. I would like some opinions.
This is not a gear list so I thought I would post here rather than the gear list forum. But it is gear heavy.
Skis: Karhu Catamount with Voile Cable Bindings, skins, Garmont Excursion boots.
Think I need my boot crampons? Camp XRC 470 or something... light aluminum ones. Ice axe?
How about food... I am pretty happy with no cook, even in cold climates. But emergency water boiling would be a good idea. I think it would be warm enough that there would be runoff everywhere. Mornings could be a bit cold and water free... But I really wouldn't need to be melting ice, I don't think. I hate to add weight, could I get away without using a stove? Is there such thing as a sealable metal container to hydrate stuff in? Something I could use to hydrate stuff without bean juice filling my pack, and something that could in a pinch be used over a wood fire to melt snow? I love my 16 oz plastic pb jars, but they aren't exactly heat resistant.
Would I have to worry about rangers checking me for bear cans? I am so lawful... It is hard to go into the high Sierra without a bear can, even in April.
Boots/Shoes. I have Garmont Ventures, a soft three pin boot, and Excursions, a hard shell lightish tele boot with a removable liner. What would the lightest gram weenie take? what would a smart person take? ... WWSD? (What would Skurka do?) I am looking over his Alaska gear list, but I appreciate other peoples' opinions. Naturally I need some trail runners too I guess...
Sleeping and shelter"
Tarp. Probably gatewood cape. Mos head net if it comes down to that or I camp low...
Golite Ultra 20, old one, with silk liner and down inner jacket, fleece pants, or my MH Phantom 0?
Think I can pack it in a Jam2? It is pretty much a SUL three season list with a set of skis. Might be a good idea to have ski fixit stuff too... tape, screw driver...
Any must have items? Totally indispensable?
Now to see if I can at least get a cheap food quasi-sponsorship...