Winter Adventure Pack List
(For cold-weather snowshoeing, hiking, or base for backcountry skiing)
(NO Cotton! Synthetic or Wool only.)
o Base-layer (T-shirt or long sleeve)
o Mid-layer (like a polypro hoody, ex. Patagonia capilene)
o Insulating layer (puffy jacket, down or synthetic)
o Outer shell (Waterproof, non-insulated)
o Wind Shirt – Optional (one of my preferred layers. Ex. Patagonia Houdini)
o Extra insulating layer – Optional. Let temperature dictate this. (vest, fleece, etc.)
o Base-layer (long underwear, hot chili’s, underarmour, etc)
o Technical shell pants, snow pants, or whatever activity dictates.
o Insulating pants – optional (fleece, down, etc. for super cold weather)
o Wool or synthetic socks, mid-weight or whatever is comfortable.
o Insulated snow boots or just sturdy hiking boots.
o Sun hat – to keep sun out of eyes and off face.
o Warm hat – wool beanie or dorky fur bomber hat.
o Sunglasses or goggles. Snow blindness sucks. Keep them on croakies, pro tip.
o Buff or bandana- to soak up all yo nasty sweat.
o Thin insulated gloves. For aerobic activities
o Thick insulated gloves. For when you’re sitting around getting cold.
o Gaiters – Optional. To keep snow out of boots.
· Comfortable pack (obviously). 20-40L usually good. I like my 36L (on the bigger side)
· Navigation – Map & Compass, or GPS. (Know where you’re going. Stay found!).
· Sun protection – Sunscreen, lip balm, sun hat, sunglasses.
· Illumination – Flashlight or headlamp. Extra batteries if you want.
· 1st aid kit- And the knowledge of how to use it.
· Repair kit – Multi tool, knife, duct tape. Extra stuff depending on the equipment you have. What happens if something breaks? Can you limp out on a busted snowshoe?
· Nutrition – Protein bars, trail mix, energy goop, snacks, leftover meatloaf, etc.
· Hydration – Container (I use a 2L bladder) and water treatment like AqauMira.
· Emergency Shelter – Like one of those giant tinfoil bivys that come in a tiny orange bag.
· Fire – Matches, lighter, fire starter… in case of impromptu bon fires or emergency situations.
· Foam sit pad to take a break and not freeze your ass off.
· Hot Buttered Rum
· Field guides