For the Winter of 2017/2018, i’ve assembled a lightweight backpacking gear list. I am headed out to Canyonlands National Park for a tour through the Needles district, so many of the items in this list are specific to that trip, but in general, the list would work for most winter scenarios unless there was deep snow. A 4 season tent would be a nice addition to this list.

The 27 pounds on this list is for everything, including food and water. Base weight for this list is roughly 17-18 pounds. That includes camera gear, filming tools, and the small pocket size firearm that I carry with me in the backcountry. Without Camera gear and the small firearm, I am around 13-14 pounds.

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25 COMMENTS

  1. Just got back from a 7 day winter backpacking/fishing trip around Blackrock Mntn near Kern River (CA) and the average temps were 35F during the day and 10F at night.

    Questions:
    1. How many days do/did you plan to spend on the trail?
    2. What will/were the average temperatures be during day/night times?
    3. Why do you have a DIY hammock if you're already carrying a sleeping bag/pad/tent?
    4. Will/did you waterproof your map before leaving?
    5. How much ammo did you bring? We had wolves around us on multiple nights and felt very safe knowing we had firearms.
    6. Neck protection – did you bring a scarf, buff, and/or shemagh?
    7. Was the only hand protection you brought the Outdoor Designs gloves? If yes, why only those? If no, what else did you bring?
    8. How far (in miles) do/did you plan to hike?
    9. Navigation – did you also bring a compass, GPS, or both? Make/model?
    10. Hygiene? Toiletries? Didn't see/hear you mention either of these.
    11. Was the 15F sleeping bag enough or were you cold at night?

    Hope you have/had a safe trip! Happy hiking 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing your winter backpacking list. I really like your gear and that pack looks amazing. I have so many questions since I am getting more into Winter backpacking. You mentioned possible temperatures in the teens — how do you keep the water in the smart water bottles from freezing overnight (if temps do go below freezing)? Do you sleep with them inside your bag or do you have some type of water bottle insulation for them not mentioned here? How does the canister stove perform in below 20 degree Fahrenheit weather? Do you keep the canister inside your sleeping bag or some warm place as well or do you place the canister in a water pot for better efficiency in sub 20 degree weather? I was under the impression canister stoves are not as efficient somewhere around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, so they consume more gas and have longer boil times (with the exception of inverted canister stoves like the MSR Winpro 2 or Kovea Spider stove). Is a water filter ideal in sub-freezing temps? Would it not freeze and get damaged with the water that remains inside? Will you encounter snow or ice where you would need a shovel for setting up your campsite and snowshoes or micro spikes/crampons for the trail? I love the foam wrapped in tyvek – would love to see a video on that. I plan on doing a lot more winter backpacking and just want to learn more about it from folks like yourself that do it more often than I do. Thanks so much.

  3. Hope you had a nice trip. How cold did it get at night? How did the SmartWater bottles hold up? Usually for me, winter trips are the one time I'll go with a Nalgene…not just because they take little longer to freeze up, but also because I can put in hot water at night, use one as a sleeping bag warmer, and then I can have water that will heat up so much faster in the morning. Also…did you pay for that Exped gear, or did you just contact them and ask them for some free products to test and review? Or do you have a connection with them too? I've looked at their Mira tents and Synmat pads before, impressed with the features they offered, but they were also really pricey for what I could afford at the time. I never thought to contact them to see if they'd send me anything for review, if they're even willing to give away products like that for free for testing and review purposes. Then again, I'd probably have to put more work into my own channel and have a lot more followers before I could meet the criteria for a company like that to give away gear to test and review.

  4. Can you add to your amazon links the collapsible cup and the 2 ounce table?  I think some people out East may not appreciate the risk of wild animals in wilderness areas in Utah.  I frankly carry a 40 cal since I don't think a 380 acp round would help where I go where bears and mountain lions are very legit concerns.  Great video.  Thanks.

  5. Look into the Cnoc Vecto. We pre-ordered two (shipped this week, I think available on Amazon this month); they've got wide open tops for scooping water and thread on to the hydrablue/Sawyer's. Being difficult to fill was the only reason we switched from the Sawyer bags that came with our filters. Have an awesome trip, look forward to seeing the video!