Saturday, January 09, 2010

Winter Camping Gear List

This is an attempt to publish my winter camping gear list which I use Google Docs to keep in a spreadsheet format. You can view the real version here, where it should appear as a normal spreadsheet and will be kept up to date. I'm getting ready to head out on a couple of trips this winter so I've been getting my list in order.

Note that one could write a book chapter on some of the items on this list such as sleds, boots, tents, etc.


Individual Item
Group Item
Comments

Cooking

Stove
X
1 per 4 people

Matches & lighters
X
Everyone should have a few fire starting methods on hand, all the time

Fuel
X

Fire starter
X
X

Cooking grate/bars
X

Gloves
X
Leather gloves for handling pots, and working the fire.

Pots
X

Pot lifter
X

Spatula
X

Dish soap
X
Warm in a pot of the warmed dishwater to use. For dishes - you may just scrape pots with snow to clean them.

Pot scrubber
X

Dish towel
X

Food pails
X

Cutting board
X
can use lid of the food pail

Tinfoil
X

Thermos
X
1 per two people, can be used for hot drinks on the trail, have something hot and ready for the morning, etc.

Cutlery
X

Plate/Bowl
X

Insulated mug


Camp Gear

Tent
X
Included as individual item since each person needs to make sure they have shelter

Ground sheet
X

Axe
X
1 per 4 people, sharpened. Also useful for getting water through ice.

Folding saw
X
1 or 2 per 4 people

Tarps
X

Rope
X

Snow shovel
X
1 per 1 or 2 people

Sleeping Bag System
X
Cold-weather bag suitable for the coldest weather. Could be a -12C bag plus an overbag, vapour barrier liner, fleece liner, etc.

Sleeping pad
X
it's a good idea to double these up or use a shorter foam pad under a thermarest

Big duffels/packs
X

Duct tape
X

Lantern
X
Good item for a group - it gets dark early so most cooking and many camp activities sill be done int the dark

Flashlight or headlamp
X
If using a metal light - wrap end in duct tape if you are like me and occasionally use your mouth as 3rd hand to hold it. I usually bring a headlamp and a maglight with spare batteries for each.

Maps
X
1 full maps set per - or two people.

Compass
X
Know how to use it.

GPS
X
Does not replace compass and real maps.

Plastic bags
X

First aid kit
X
Kit sized for the group, multiple kits is better.

Multitool &/or knife
X
I bring one of each.

Toiletries
X
Don't bother with deoderant and toothpaste - it doesn't work well frozen.

Toilet Paper
X

Sunscreen
X

Emergency blanket
X


Transportation:

Snowshoes
X
Bring shoes appropriate for the conditions. If weight is not a major concern, I'll bring a smaller pair for camp/bush use

Skis
X
I might also bring both skis & snowshoes, but usually just snowshoes now.

Ski Poles
X
Even if snowshoeing, poles can be helpful.

Sled/Pulk
X
Ideally with poles and some sort of harness system to help with hilly terrain.


Personal Optional Gear

Camera/tripod
X

Binoculars
X

Chair
X
Dependant on space/weight limitations, but some sort of device to sit on is good.

Small foamie
X
For sitting on, kneeling on, standing on when changing footwear, etc.

Notepad & Pencil
X

Alcohol
X
Dependant on space & weight. Remember alcohol decreases cold tolerance.

Medications/pain killers
X



Clothing Stuff:

Boot System
Winter boots with removable liners or whatever is going to work for you. Need something for trekking & also camp work, and evening use.

Camp booties

Heavy socks
1 or 2 pair

Midweight socks
2 pair

Liner socks
Polypro or whatever

Vapour Barrier Liners
aka plastic bread bags to keep your feet from sweating up your boots, unless your boots breath or you can dry them out at night

Jacket/Parka System
Breathable shell & insulating layers, might be a separate parka for sitting around the fire and in the morning, or it might just be more layers. Anorak shells with a fur-ruffed hood are very popular.

Sweaters
I like wool. Multiple layers is good with a thin sweater and a thicker sweater

Pants
I like a good camping pant with lots of pockets

Wool/fleece pants
Insulating layer

Shell pants

Long undies (top & bottom)
2 pair of bottoms, a dry pair to put on in the evening and a pair for when sweating

Underwear

Scarf
Scarf is the equivalent of Arthur Dent's towel.

Neck Tube

Toque
I bring a thick wool toque and a thinner toque.

Mitts & gloves
I bring a few options




Polypro liner gloves

Wool liner gloves

Overmitts/Shell mitts

Balaclava

Ski goggles/sunglasses
It's bright out there and you will damage your eyes without GOOD protection.