Hello, it is getting to be mountaineering time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and I have been trying to work on my gear list to make sure that I bring all that I need and nothing that I do not. With a few experiences that I have had, I like to be prepared for the worst. Above treeline it is not at all unusual to see temps dip down to -20 to -30. Here is the clothing kit I have come up with, let me know what you think, or what you would take.
Conditions: Range from 0-30 degree’s for approach hike. -30 to 0 in high winds averaging 80 mph with much higher gusts.
Baselayer: Ibex LS Woolies top + briefs underwear
Mid Layer: Marmot Driclime top and bottoms (bottoms full side zip for easy on and off when it gets too warm)
Action Layer: Ibex Solitude pants and Patagonia Krushell jkt
Additional Moving Insulation: Golite Endurance Hoody (put this on once above treeline) and Patagonia Micropuff vest (in times of real intense cold while on the move)
Insulation: Patagonia Das jkt + Wild Things EP Pants
Extremities: Ibex liner gloves, Ibex Climawool glove, Mountain Hardwear Zero Mitt, Pata Balaclava and Wild Things fleece earband (worn while on the move below treeline when hats are too warm)
Feet: Smartwool Liner sock w/ RBH Vaprtherm sock and Sportiva Makalu’s w/ OR croc gaiters
While this is by no means a “lightweight” clothing system, above treeline in winter is no time to mess around.