Now we’re getting serious. Hiking out into the wild in Winter and spending the night?
To some of you guys, walking in Winter will be a triumph in itself, and fair play. Walking in the snow can be hard enough back home but the challenges forced on you when you’re out in the mountains can be cruel. I’m digressing, that’s another blog –
This one is simply to cover the gear you’ll need for a Winter camp.
You’ll need more space in your bag for one thing, so, you MAY need a bigger bag! The top of my MLD Exodus bag rolls down so becomes the size of it’s contents. It’s 50L and that’s all I need to carry everything I need for Winter. My kit is now very compact and light, I’ve spent lots of time and money making it so. The average hiker will probably need 60-70L BUT whatever you do, don’t just go out and buy a bag for a Winter expedition without working up the rankings.
You really should spend lots of nights wild camping and getting comfortable with it. Work on the gear you need to survive Summer camping first – see my Wild Camping Bag post for gear tips. When you’ve mastered wild camping head off in rain and work up to Winter wild camping.
If the phrase ‘Mine Field’ frequents your mind right now why not just book on one of my ‘Only The Brave’ or other wild camping events? I can teach you everything you need to know and take you out to experience it.
So here’s what I take on top of my wild camping kit discussed in the previous article.
- Lots more food and energy
- Twice as much fuel for the stove
- The Alpkit Skyehigh 700 Winter sleeping bag does it for me
- Kahtoola Microspikes
- Scarpa Charmoz B3 boots
- Grivel G10 Crampons
- Grivel Helix Ice Axe
- Mountain Equipments Liteline Down Coat
Using these items is another story! Doing a Winter skills course is very much advised, I know some good instructors so feel free to ask.
This gear will add a couple of kilograms to your bag as well as the space. My bag on a Winter expedition weighs 8kg, yours will come to about 12!
Not only will you use an extra 10% of energy hiking in freezing temperatures BUT you will use more carrying the heavier kit. Bear this in mind when planning your route AND the return.
Do you have any Winter wild camping stories you would like to share? If you have any questions about kit don’t hesitate to send me a message. Please drop me a comment and a like if you got anything from reading.
Take care out there.
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