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Gear List: Cool to Cold Weather Without Snow

This is my list for trips when the weather is cold, but it is either before or after snow season. These are weekend trips as work allows for vacations only during summer months. In northwest lower Michigan this probably includes late October through early December and mid March to early or even mid May. Temperatures are likely to be anywhere from the 30s to 60s during the day and 20s through 40s at night. Rain is frequent and often includes long periods of drizzle. Aquamira is used for water purification so I don't have to be concerned about my filter freezing. The major difference between this list and my summer list is the additional clothing and the absense of bug protection gear.

I continue to use a fanny pack in conjuction with my backpack. It and its contents are referred to here as the "Office". Items carried in the fanny pack appear in the main list marked with an asterick but then are listed again separately. This way I keep track of actual pack weight (the weight of my backpack and its contents) and gear weight which includes the contents of the fanny pack.

 

Item

#

Ea.

Tot.

Notes

Bags

Clothing Stow Sack

1

0.90

0.90

Sleeping Bag Stow Sack

1

0.90

0.90

7" X 15" Silnylon

Small Items Stow Sack

1

0.50

0.50

5" X 7", Silnylon, for small items that need to kept dry

Trash Bag, Plastic

1

0.25

0.25

For non -burnable stuff that has to be carried out

Clothing

Glasses & Case

1

1.70

1.70

Extra pair

Hat Balaclava*

1

1.20

1.20

Polartec 100

Jacket*

1

10.00

10.00

Patagonia Zephur

Pant*

1

3.12

3.12

Montane Featherweight

Socks*

2

1.70

3.40

nylon liners

Socks, Smartwool

1

3.42

3.42

For Sleeping

Socks, Vapor Barrier*

1

1.19

1.19

Golite, Sil-Nylon, Worn between liner socks and Smartwool socks when sleeping

Umbrella

1

9.40

9.40

Golite

Underwear, Pants

1

5.85

5.85

Wool, Icebreaker Skin Leggings

Kitchen

Aquamira

1

2.50

2.50

Water purification, weighs 3.0 oz. when full

Basin, Wash

1

1.00

1.00

Cut down plastic 1 gal. milk bottle

Bladder, Water

1

2.15

2.15

2 L Platypus, Wide Mouth

Bottle, Water

2

2.80

5.60

1 L plastic water bottles, GaitorAid bottles have a wide mouth which is useful

Cord, Parachute*

1

2.30

2.30

For hanging food bag

Cord Kelty Triptease

1

0.30

0.30

4' & 7' lengths for setting up the tarp in different configurations etc.

Cozy, Foam

1

1.28

1.28

for keeping food warm

Cup, Sierra

1

1.00

1.00

Titanium

Firestarter Paste

1

0.90

0.90

Goghlan's Fire Paste carried in a film cannister

Knife, Swiss*

1

0.77

0.77

on a lanyard

Lighter

1

0.65

0.65

Bic disposable

Papertowels

1

0.50

0.50

better than toilet paper for backpacking. Cut each towel in 6 equal sections. A five day supply is a couple dozen sections.

Pot, .9 Liter Titanium

1

3.20

3.20

original lid removed and replaced with a section from an aluminium pie plate

Soap biodegradable

1

0.80

0.80

for sponge baths

Spoon, Lexon*

1

0.30

0.30

Stove Sierra Zip

1

10.30

10.30

Titanium, weight includes the Energizer e2 Photo Lithium AA battery

Toothbrush & baking soda

1

1.00

1.00

Tooth paste attracts animals, particularly bears. Leave it home. Baking Soda has a multitude of uses in addition to serving as toothpaste

Towel backpackers

1

0.80

0.80

10" X 10"

Trowel*

1

0.90

0.90

3/4" aluminum channel stock, doubles as a tarp stake. Photo.

Medical

Alcohol, Rubbing

1

1.20

1.20

in a squirt bottle

Anticeptic

1

0.20

0.20

4 packets Triple Antibiotic ointment

Aquaphor

1

0.25

0.25

For chafing and burns

Benzoin, Tincture

1

0.70

0.70

in an eye drops bottle, Apply to skin before a bandage; it will stick better.

Compeed

1

0.60

0.60

blister care and prevention

Medical Misc.

1

0.85

0.85

Motrin, Pepto Bismo, Q-Tips, Bandages, Safety Pins, Ear Plugs, all in a plastic bag

Second Skin

1

0.25

0.25

Burns and bad blisters

Misc.

Compass & Whistle*

1

0.67

0.67

Suunto

Essentials

1

0.85

0.85

Car Key, money, drivers licence, credit card, Sil-Nylon bag

Note Pad & Pen*

1

1.20

1.20

Survival Kit

1

1.00

1.00

whistle, mirror, matches in case, needle & thread

Pack

Golite Breeze Day Pack

1

13.85

13.85

I have added sternum straps

Sleeping

Bag, Sleeping

1

19.50

19.50

Rab Elite Top Bag-Modified to mimic the Nunatak Arc-Alpinist

Bag Bivy

1

9.92

9.92

Integral Designs Pertex Endurance Bag Cover/Bivy

Blanket, Space 1/2

1

0.90

0.90

For emergency heat retention and a ground cloth in wet weather

Headlamp

1

2.40

2.40

Petzl Tikka

Mattress, Air

1

14.70

14.70

Tarp/Poncho

1

10.40

10.40

Moonbow 68" X 96"

Tarp Stakes*

8

0.26

2.08

8 Titanium stakes (my trowel serves as a additional stake, if needed)

Wearing

Bandana

1

1.00

1.00

Camera

1

8.60

8.60

Canon Powershot S100 Digital Elph, battery and 128 MB CF card, Carried in shirt pocket

Footware New Balance 803

1

26.00

26.00

trail running shoes

Gaiters homemade

1

1.90

1.90

See hiking tips for instructions for making these.

Glasses

1

0.80

0.80

Hat Ultimate

1

5.30

5.30

full brimmed with a drawsting for wind

Jacket

1

18.35

18.35

Jacket: Buffalo Teclite Activity Shirt

Maps

1

0.50

0.50

trimmed

Mitt Liners

1

1.75

1.75

Polartec 200

Mitts, Rain

1

1.20

1.20

Outdoor Research Rain Mitt (Goretex)

Pant Long

1

8.00

8.00

Cloudveil Cirque Pant

Poles Treking

1

22.00

22.00

Leki Super Maliku & duct tape wrapped around near the top

Undershirt, wool

1

5.35

5.35

Smartwool

Socks, liners

2

3.40

6.80

Nylon

Watch w/clip on compass

1

0.75

0.75

the compass I use most of the time

2 Day Tot.

Water Carried

2.00

Food at 2 lbs./day

4.00

Gear Weight Total

9.98

Office Contents

2.13

Pack Wt. (Gear-Office)

7.85

Pack plus Expendibles

13.85

Office

Pack, Fanny

1

9.20

9.20

LL Bean, original waist belt replaced with a larger one

Hat Balaclava*

1

1.20

1.20

Polartec 100

Jacket*

1

10.00

10.00

Patagonia Zephur

Pant*

1

3.12

3.12

Montane Featherweight

Socks*

2

1.70

3.40

nylon liners

Socks, Vapor Barrier*

1

1.19

1.19

Golite, Sil-Nylon, Worn between liner socks and Smartwool socks when sleeping

Knife, Swiss*

1

0.77

0.77

on a lanyard

Spoon, Lexon*

1

0.30

0.30

Trowel*

1

0.90

0.90

3/4" aluminum channel stock, doubles as a tarp stake. Photo.

Compass & Whistle*

1

0.67

0.67

Suunto

Note Pad & Pen*

1

1.20

1.20

Tarp Stakes*

8

0.26

2.08

8 Titanium stakes (my trowel serves as a additional stake, if needed)

2.13

 

 

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