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Logan Bowling
(bowlingl25) - F

Locale: Almost Heaven
Late Fall Gear List on 10/15/2012 11:13:53 MDT Print View

So, I have been backpacking for the last few years and have just recently worked on lightening my load. I am not trying to be ultralight but like to shoot for about ten pounds and wont sweat if I am a little over.

In the past I have pretty much stuck to backpacking when the weather is warmer and nicer but this year I wanna extend my trips all the way through November and into early December. I am located in West Virginia and this time of year snow becomes quite possible.

Here is my whole gear list and any advice will be appreciated and taken into consideration. What I am mainly worried about is my clothing and footwear. Will my feet freeze if I am hiking through a little snow with trail runners and one pair of wool socks on?

I know my sleeping bag is heavy and not good down to the 15 degree rating but I have an Enlightened Equipment Rev X 10 degree with over stuff on the way that will be here at the beginning of November, which I think will work with my combination of sleeping pads.

Thanks guys and gals

Seth Brewer
(Whistler) - MLife

SOCKS on 10/15/2012 12:03:58 MDT Print View

Grab a pair of either Rocky Mountain GTX socks or some Seal Skins socks -- that will act as a insulater/waterproofer to keep your feet warmer (not dry but warm) and I've snowshoed at -5* with Salomon trail runners, Rocky Mtn GTX socks and Injiji wool toe socks (inside gtx socks) with a OR Crocodile gaiter and been fine.

Tjaard Breeuwer
(Tjaard) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota, USA
footwear on 10/22/2012 14:28:03 MDT Print View

Their are several articles one footwear for shoulder season use on the site.

Keep in mind that those are very dependant on metabolism, hiking/camping style and local conditions, so what works for one person might not work for another.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Late Fall Gear List on 10/22/2012 15:12:35 MDT Print View

If you are hiking through patchy snow, then some thick (thick is important) wool socks should keep your feet warm enough, even when wet. They will cold walking through snow, but warm up when you leave the snow.

If you are walking through constant wet snow, then the freezing cold water from the snow is going to overwhelm your feet's ability to keep warm.