Ever wonder why long winter excusrions like the one Neil is doing requires so much planning, training, time, money and gear? Here Neil goes through piece by piece everything needed to make the journey as comfortable and safe as possible
40 liter Ultimate Direction daypack
85 liter Hyperlite backpack
20 liter Sea to Summit sil-nylon pack
Long underwear. MEC T2 or lighter depending on the temperature.
Base layer shirt. Patagonia Capilene midweight or lighter.
Gore-tex bib pants from MEC
Gore-tex Synergy jacket from MEC
Bela Clava (various thicknesses)
Wool hat (various thicknesses)
Vapor barrier gloves
Hand-knit wool mitts (various thicknesses)
Revel shell mitts
Keene summit county boots
Single pair of thin, cotton socks
Rab vapor barrier liner socks
Tingley rubber overboots
MSR Evo ascent snowshoes.
Hillsounds trail crampons
K10 hiking crampons
Exped down-filled sleeping pad (R factor = 7)
Marmot long sleeping bag
Rab hooded sleeping bag liner
White gas stove (Primus) and fuel plus small extra fuel bottle, funnel, lighter and matches
Wind screen for stove
OR 2 liter teflon-lined pot
Small, folding insulated pad to sit on.
Next day’s baselayer bottoms and tops
Camp-only thick base layer top
Thick wool socks
Rab Argon down pants
Synthetic booties with added insoles
Puffy jacket (MEC)
Marmot Baffin down parka
Wool hat (or two)
Base layer sets
number of sets depends on number of days until next re-supply. One set per day.
Plastic bags for Tingleys
plastic bags for boots inside sleeping bag
2 Nalgenes and cozies.
Headlamps (2) and spare batteries
1st aid kit
toilet paper and sanitizer
skin lubricant for chaffing prevention
Black Diamond Ergo hiking poles with cork hand grips and15 degree angled handles.
Contact lenses, lens fluid and medicated eye drops
SPF 30 lip balm
inReach tracking device
Garmin GPS with complete itinerary loaded.
10,000 mAh Power pack
Energy bars (various kinds)
Small, cooked sausages. (pepperette style)
Small bag for inside sleeping bag with medicated eyedrops and contacts
Day pack clothing
Wet base layers
Future base layers
Day pack contents to include:
extra mitts and hats
map & compass
headlamps and batteries
TP and sanitizer