Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter

Equipment List for Winter Backpacking

Inadequate personal clothing and equipment will compromise your ability to participate fully and will jeopardize the safety of your entire group. Any hiker not properly equipped at the trailhead may be disqualified from the trip by the leader. All gear should be tested and adjusted prior to the trip.

Personal Clothing:

____ Top and bottom underwear made of mid-weight Polypropylene, or any similar wicking materials. Bring a change of inner clothes for each hiking day.

____ Two insulating layers for the upper body; common combinations are wool sweater or wool shirt with a fleece jacket.

____ One insulating layer for the lower body e.g. tight-weave wool or breathable nylon/Gore-Tex over long underwear - NO jeans or sweat pants

____ Water proof wind gear, parka and pants (not a poncho)

____ Extra insulating layers - extra layers for standing around in the cold for extended periods (pile, down, wool, or synthetic parka, booties, mittens). Also, bring extra lower body layer.

____ Two hats, fleece or wool plus a balaclava

____ Gloves/mittens, three pairs: light weight liner gloves, warm mittens (wool or synthetic), mitten shells, hand and toe chemical warmers.

____ Two pairs of wool hiking socks and liners

____ Winter hiking boots: felt-lined pac-boots (e.g. Sorels), technical mountaineering boots, or mouse boots

____ Gaitors

____ Face Mask and Ski Goggles (required on some trips but - check with the leader)

____ Snowshoes (required on most trips but check with the leader)

____ Crampons with protectors or bag (determine from leader what is required)

____ One and two quart freezer bags for packing clothing or stuff sacks

Personal Equipment:

____ Back-pack; lined with a trash bag

____ Ice-ax with protector and/or ski pole(s) (required on some trips - check with the leader)

____ Winter sleeping bag with hood rated to at least -10 degrees F. (wrap in trash bag)

____ Closed cell sleeping pad - total one inch thick

____ Compass and map

____ Two one-quart wide-mouth, leak-proof, shatter-proof water bottles

____ Headlamp with spare batteries

____ Personal first-aid kit; large trash bag; water purification tablets

____ Toilet articles

____ Plastic cup, bowl, spoon

____ Gear repair kit

____ Water-proof matches and fire-starter

____ Pocketknife, whistle

____ Tent - three-season if below tree-line. Snow stakes should be carried

____ Stove and fuel - winter rated type (e.g. MSR Whisperlight)

____ Cooking pots

____ Food: breakfast, lunch, supper and trail food for each day. Bring high-calorie quick-burn energy food: dried fruit, candy, bagels, bread, preserved meats or cheese.

____ Freezer bags for trash

____ Fifty-foot length of rope and stuff-sack for hanging food in bear country

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SEM Hiking Committee 4/8/98