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    Mark Wetherington
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    @markweth

    Locale: Western Montana

    Companion forum thread to: A Different Type of Shelter Skill

    As much as I love tents and tarps (and tolerate bivy sacks) for shelter on my backcountry trips, once winter rolls around my favorite shelters are USF

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    Ryan Jordan
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    @ryan

    Locale: Central Rockies

    I’d love to see how your gear list for a winter cabin trip differs from a regular winter trip, especially for cabins that might be more remote and require a long trek to get to. Obviously, I never brought my winter tent, but on some cabin trips, when I was leaving in the midst of a winter storm warning, I’d still have to bring some type of shelter for emergencies – usually a bivy sack and a Snowclaw shovel. And I’d often forgo the winter stove (Reactor) and bring something for emergencies (like a Pocket Rocket). I wouldn’t necessarily need a full-on winter parka for nights out in the cold, but I debated that choice a lot, and often brought my winter parka anyways.

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    Mark Wetherington
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    @markweth

    Locale: Western Montana

    Most of the cabins I go to don’t have very long treks in, but if going solo I will usually carry a bivy and a “backup” canister stove for emergencies. I also don’t pack as many insulating layers given that I’ll be in a cabin (although I sometimes do bring warmer layers to better accommodate stargazing outside — one of the benefits of it being dark at 5:30).

    That said, any weight I “save” is almost always gained back — and then some — by bringing heavy, tasty foods and beverages (wine. beer) that rarely make it on backpacking trips.

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