winter backpack checklist
so now it's that time of year I thought it would be good to add one here about "essentials" for those people who are considering venturing out in winter
Below is what I usually carry in winter in my day pack, at minimum, for a summit bid on mt. wash ( or an equivalent climb for other mountain winter summit, but emphasis on daypack)........ please reply with any other recommendations, things I left off etc,
- two plastic gallons jugs of water
- several high energy snacks ( usually dried fruit in sugar)
- a good protein lunch that won't freeze ( usually bagel with peanut butter & honey)
- a big handful of GU gels
- a map and a compass
- bivy stuff ( usually just an emergency blanket/cover)
- basic first aid kit ( emphasis on ibuprofen & some gauze to wrap a cut )
- an extra pair of socks and extra base layer..... if room some more extra warmth stuff
- crampons, ice axe & 2nd tool, small rope with belay device, & headlamp
NOTE: I always start with my "over it all" jacket actually in my pack and not on; normally I start with both pant layers on but only my polypro top on........
as I find if I start with my "over it all" jacket layer on I get hot quick and tire easily ( i.e. I would rather start cold and then let my body heat warm me)
And 've been told a good preparation routine is:
PM before: lots of carbs, I mean beer, I mean carbs like pasta yeah & most importantly good rest
AM start: usually predawn, breakfast with lots of protein & lots of hydration, I mean drink water water water
Last edited by smithtim; 10-17-2010 at 12:56 AM.
'when it starts to hurt your nearly halfway and probably should get out those ropes & put your crampons on"