Jon Finley's - Snow Camping Checklist  (guideline)


Essentials
square.gif (109 bytes) Extra clothing (replacement layers). square.gif (109 bytes) Extra pair of gloves.
square.gif (109 bytes) Extra food (at least 1 meal) plus some hard candy for snacks on the trail. square.gif (109 bytes) Extra Flashlight (and batteries).
square.gif (109 bytes) Motrin, Asprin (your favorite headache cure) square.gif (109 bytes) Extra Sunscreen.
square.gif (109 bytes) Extra matches. square.gif (109 bytes) Extra Socks
square.gif (109 bytes) Map of the area square.gif (109 bytes) Compass
square.gif (109 bytes) Picture ID square.gif (109 bytes) Leave a copy of your route with a friend.
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Clothing
square.gif (109 bytes) Winter underwear (Polartec 100, Chinchilla, etc.) tops and bottoms square.gif (109 bytes) Fleece middle layer (Polartec 100 or 200) tops and bottoms
square.gif (109 bytes) Fleece pants (Polartec 300, Shearling or Windblock) square.gif (109 bytes) Fleece jacket (Polartec 300, Shearling or Windblock)
square.gif (109 bytes) Down jacket or sweater (after the hike) square.gif (109 bytes)
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Outerwear
square.gif (109 bytes) Parka shell (Goretex or equiv.) square.gif (109 bytes) Shell pants (Goretex or equiv.)
square.gif (109 bytes) Gloves/mittons (Fleece or Insulate) square.gif (109 bytes) Glove liner (polypro. or silk)
square.gif (109 bytes) Hat (cap or helmet style - Polartec or Turtle Fur) square.gif (109 bytes) Neck gaiter (Polartec or Turtle Fur)
square.gif (109 bytes) Overmitts (Goretex or equiv.) square.gif (109 bytes) Sunglasses or ski goggles
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Footware
square.gif (109 bytes) Liner sock (Polypro. or silk) square.gif (109 bytes) Hiking sock (Wool or Polartec)
square.gif (109 bytes) Booties (for after the hike - Down or Polartec) square.gif (109 bytes) Boots (for the conditions)
square.gif (109 bytes) Extra laces (1 pair) square.gif (109 bytes) Gaiters (Goretex or equiv.)
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Camping gear
square.gif (109 bytes) Backpack (5000-7000ci) square.gif (109 bytes) Daypack/Summit pack
square.gif (109 bytes) Tent 3/4 season (or expedition quality) square.gif (109 bytes) Bivy bag (Goretex, Dryloft, etc) anything to keep the condensation off the bag.
square.gif (109 bytes) Sleeping bag (Down or Man-made fill) rated at or below the regional termperatures.  *1 note below square.gif (109 bytes) Vapor barrier liner.  *2 note below
square.gif (109 bytes) Sleeping pad(s).  *3 note below square.gif (109 bytes) Snow stakes.
square.gif (109 bytes) Extra stuff sacks square.gif (109 bytes) Plastic bags for trash (emergency liners, etc.)
square.gif (109 bytes) Water bottles.  *4 square.gif (109 bytes) Headlamp or flashlight
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Hardware
square.gif (109 bytes) Crampons. square.gif (109 bytes) Ice Axe.
square.gif (109 bytes) Snow shovel. square.gif (109 bytes) Snow shoes.
square.gif (109 bytes) Skis, poles, boots, etc. square.gif (109 bytes) Avalanche transceiver (and/or Amateur radio).
square.gif (109 bytes) Knife or Survival tool square.gif (109 bytes)
Cooking gear
square.gif (109 bytes) Stove. square.gif (109 bytes) Extra fuel bottle(s) for stove.
square.gif (109 bytes) Matches/Lighter. square.gif (109 bytes) Cooking kit.
square.gif (109 bytes) Vittle kit (Knife, fork, spoon). square.gif (109 bytes) Pot  "grabber" handle.
square.gif (109 bytes) Large pot/cup.  *5 square.gif (109 bytes) Water purifier.  *6
square.gif (109 bytes) Food.  *7 square.gif (109 bytes)
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Personal items
square.gif (109 bytes) Tooth brush and tooth paste square.gif (109 bytes) Sunscreen (SPF 50+)  and lip balm (SPF 25+)
square.gif (109 bytes) Small hand towel square.gif (109 bytes) Toilet paper  *8
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Other
square.gif (109 bytes) Disposable camera  (24 or 36 exp  100-200ASA) square.gif (109 bytes) Cards (or other games)
square.gif (109 bytes) Sewing kit square.gif (109 bytes) Extra cord (25' climbing cord works well)
square.gif (109 bytes) Money  (for the pizza run afterwards) square.gif (109 bytes)
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*1 If I'm camping where I know it may hit  -20 my bag is rated at  -40 for added comfort (you can always vent a warm bag to cool off, but you may not want to wear your same wet clothes just to try and make a colder bag warmer).
*2 Use it only in extreamly cold tempertures, it will keep your bag drier and reduce convective heat loss.
*3 I use a 3/4 length insulite pad as my first layer with a full length (72") self inflating pad on top for comfort on the colder trips.
*4 Plan on several water bottles.  Two that you carry within your jacket (so they won't freeze) two that are attached to your pack (use these first) and one in an insulated container wrapped in plastic within your pack.   The two attached to your pack may have a mixture of your favorite sports drink for flavor and as an energy boost.  The bottle within your pack will give you something to drink while you're melting snow for water at camp.
*5 This can be used to melt snow in (or when weather is real bad, as a pee pot....  just remember to clean it REAL WELL before you use it to melt snow in again for water).
*6 These used to be very expensive, but the prices have come to around $35.00 for Virus level filtration.
*7 Food should include hearty snacks and energy bars for during the hike or climb, hard candies, large dinners and breakfasts, warm drinks, etc.  Lunches (unless you're going to set up a cook area somewhere along the way) should be something easily carried within your jacket that are high energy.
*8 With the emphasis on "clean" camping, either be prepared to pack it out, or use biodegradable toilet paper and pick a spot well away from the camping area and your water supply.

TIPS:   Know what weather is expected to develop in the area you're going into.    Have a retreat plan made and agreed on.      Know your limits and when it's safe to push them.     Do your first snow camp with someone who has already done it for a season or two.

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