Winter camping – PNW
Mar 30, 2018 at 5:28 pm #3527839Adam GBPL Member
I’d like a critique of my winter gear that I’ve come up with over the past 2 years. Conditions are the PNW, lows around 0, possible 2-3 feet of snow, sometimes 40 mph winds.
I attempted to use my three season kit, but I found myself uncomfortably cold. Apparently, my cold tolerance drops quite a bit when camping on snow.
I’m also thinking about replacing my upright canister stove with a heavier inverted canister stove. A windscreen would be quite nice, and I’m not too comfortable periodically feeling the canister to see if it’s warm enough to explode, especially if that means I have to take my gloves off!Mar 30, 2018 at 6:53 pm #3527847Jeffs ElevenBPL Member
To be clear, you were cold in the conditions you state above while sleeping in the kit you have linked in the 3-season list?
–looks like the winter and 3season have the same sleeping system on your lists…
It looks like you should be warm to me. Possibly tray a double wall tent? They shine in the wind on the comfort front. Maybe its a diet thing?Mar 30, 2018 at 11:34 pm #3527887Adam GBPL Member
Oops. The 3 season list is here. I’m reasonably warm in my winter kit, but I was wondering if I can lighten it up any.
I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the Ultamid. It’s a pain to set up and I always am hitting my head or feet on the sides, dislodging condensation. I’m relatively short too. In three seasons, I usually have a bathtub floor so that isn’t too big of an issue.Jul 14, 2018 at 5:44 pm #3546759Giulia PBPL Member
You could get lighter options for:
– snow shovel (lose about 400gm)
– ice axe (-200gm)
– sleeping mats: have you tried going with just the xtherm? or try a thermal blanket instead of the zlite?
– sleeping bag: why do you have straps for a sleeping bag? you could consider a system of layered quilts but many quilt users return to sleeping bags for winter, so up to you.. just something you can try to get lighter
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