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Help! San Gorgonio Winter Summit Gear list
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Andrew Brinkman
(amuroray) - F

Locale: Southern California
Help! San Gorgonio Winter Summit Gear list on 01/15/2012 17:01:09 MST Print View

I have a trip planned with a few friends of mine to summit San G at the end of February or early March for 3 days. I'm pretty sure my gear list now won't work and I need help toning it for this hike. Tell me what to add or take away I am open to all input. I'm not too concerned about weight at the moment and I want to know options first. Thanks.

My list:

Pack: ULA Circuit
Shelter: Contrail
Sleeping Bag: WM Summerlite
Sleeping Pad: Ridgerest Zlite short
Clothing: TNF Diez 900 fill, Hiking socks, Heavy wool sleeping socks, Fleece Beanie Fleece Balaclava, Bandana
Cooking: Caldera Cone Ti Tri, MLD 800ML, Pot cozy, Spoon, 2L Platapus, 2 1L gatorade bottles, Hydration hose system
Worn: TNF Kistwar Jacket (softshell), Prolix Pants (softshell), 200weight wool bottoms, 200 weight wool hooded top, Light weight gloves, Hiking socks, Solomon Gortex Boots not insulated. Sun hat

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Help! San Gorgonio Winter Summit Gear list on 01/15/2012 18:09:04 MST Print View

It really depends upon the weather and snow conditions. Too early to dial in a kit.

Jeff McConnell
(Catalyst) - F
yep on 01/16/2012 23:25:04 MST Print View

I agree with Nick. You'll need to wait till it gets closer to see what conditions are like. Hopefully we get some more snow.

Andrew Brinkman
(amuroray) - F

Locale: Southern California
Help! San Gorgonio Winter Summit Gear list on 01/17/2012 15:42:55 MST Print View

Yeah. Its been so warm and dry. Definite drought conditions for this summer. Thanks for responding. Has anyone here ever hike San G around the time I have planed?

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Help! San Gorgonio Winter Summit Gear list on 01/17/2012 17:42:01 MST Print View

Has anyone here ever hike San G around the time I have planed?

Yes, lows can vary from 30s to below the teens. Days from the 50s to below freezing. The mountain makes its own weather. Snow base over 9K can be minimal or over 10 feet. You cannot predict it, just need to wait. It can snow in June. Weather can and does change significantly in a single day. Climbing it can be as serious as any Sierra Nevada peak or pretty much a hike. Avalanches happen. Crampons and ice ax with experience are often required this time of year.

K C
(KalebC) - F

Locale: South West
RE: San G. winter backpacking on 01/19/2012 12:21:26 MST Print View

I have been up there twice in the winter, in Feb and March, during a very snowy season. Long story short, we never made the summit. We attempted the Forest Falls route (9 miles to the summit with 6000 ft elevation gain) Both times we were the first up after a snowstorm, so we were breaking trail in deep snow. I remember it was 7 degrees F at 7500 ft the first night; I had a 0F bag luckily. We had the full setup, big packs, ice axe, mountaineering boots, crampons, snow shovel, snowshoes. If it snows before you go, you need these things for safety. We made it up to about 10,000 feet both times but it was a grueling pace and we turned back. I have made it to the summit a few times in warm weather; I have seen snow on the summit in August.San G trailSan G trailheadSan G camp

Edited by KalebC on 01/19/2012 13:00:00 MST.