Winter Adventure Gear List

Posted on: Tuesday February 2, 2021 Gear Lists

My winter backpack is heavy. This is the gear that I use for winter camping in Canada. But it’s warm, so it’s worth the weight. Most of this would be overkill if the temperature was 20f/-7c or higher. Canadian winter nights are long, so we spend more time in camp. We normally bring books, crossword puzzles, or listen to audiobooks in our cozy sleeping bags.

You can read my thoughts on a warmer climate/AT winter specific gear list here

  • Z Packs Arc Haul
  • North Face Inferno -20f/-30c Sleeping bag
  • Big Agnes Copper Spur (2 person)
  • Hyperlite Mountain Gear flat tarp
  • Neoair Xtherm sleeping pad
  • Z-lite (small)
  • Frogg Toggs ultralight rain suit (jacket only)
  • Montbell Ultralight Down anorak
  • Jagged Edge Mountain Gear puffy
  • Skhoop snow skirt
  • Cheap leggings
  • Icebreaker base layer
  • Smart wool hat
  • Melanzana hoodie
  • Darn tough socks
  • Fleece gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Winter hiking boots
  • MEC gore tex gaiters
  • Ursack
  • Homemade alcohol stove
  • Titanium mug
  • Titanium spoon
  • Swiss army knife
  • Rag
  • Steripen Ultra
  • Petzl Tikka Plus
  • external battery
  • Smartphone
  • REI Traverse trekking poles
  • First aid (ibuprofen, paracetamol, band aids, leuko tape, lighter, needle, floss, neosporin, band aids, and not much else)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Various cuben fiber stuff sacks
  • Kahtoola Microspikes
  • Snowshoes
  • A good book

Check out my Solo Thru Hiking Gear page or my Canoeing Gear List post to see how this compares.

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Eloise Robbins (Fun Size) is a writer, triple crown thru hiker, and adventurer. She is a lover of the outdoors, hiking, canoeing, and most of all mountains.

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Shake'nBake - February 6, 2021

I think there's something unique here about tackling winter camping from a thru-hiker mentality. All the other online groups seem heavy into the hot-tent options, and all sorts of equipment and gear. Figuring this out with FunSize has been fun, and we're leveraging a lot of our 3-season equipment which makes this more approachable. (Though a super warm sleep system seems to be key!)

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