Winter Overnight Backpacking Packing List

The always up to date guide to what’s in my pack! Geared for a winter overnight backpacking trip.

Last Updated: 9/09/2015

This is a full gear list including both packed and worn items.

  • Trekking Poles – K2 Carbon/Carbon Lockjaw Probe
  • Backpack – Deuter ACT Zero 50 + 15
  • Water Bladder – 70 oz. Insulated Camelbak
  • Avalanche Probe – BCA Profile 240
  • Avalanche Shovel – G3 SpadeTECH
  • TentMountain Hardware Direk 2 with REI Snow and Sand Anchors
  • Sleeping BagSea-to-Summit Spark SPIII
    • An awesome sleeping bag that will lighten your load for sure.
  • Sleeping PadBig Agnes Q-Core SL Mummy with Big Agnes Pumphouse Pad Pump Dry Sack
    • Pumphouse Pad Pump Dry Sack holds my sleeping bag, sleeping pad and pillow.
  • PillowSea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Pillow
    • I value a good night sleep and I can’t get that without a pillow.
  • Stove Primus Express Lander with fuel, fuel bottle and wind screen
    • When using this stove I portion out roughly 25g of fuel per meal and an additional 30g per day for melting drinking water.
  • Cook Pot Evernew TI Ultralight Pot 3 (1300 ml)
    • During the winter months when melting snow is my primary source of water I like to bring a larger pot.  Filling your water bladder can take a while when you are melting snow.  A larger pot expedites this process.
  • UtensilsMSR Folding Utensils
    • Fork and spoon.
  • Salt/Pepper ShakerMSR Alpine Salt & Pepper Shaker
    • 1/2 with salt and 1/2 with cinnamon.  I don’t normally use pepper and cinnamon makes coffee and oatmeal taste better.
  • Spice ContainerMSR Alpine Spice Shaker
    • Filled with sugar – I don’t like black coffee.
  • MugGSI Outdoors Blue Mountain Infinity Mug
    • While I really prefer to use a titanium mug over plastic this mug has a lid that easily seals.  This allows me to drink hot coffee in my sleeping bag and set the mug down in the tent while I shuffle around and not stress out about it spilling.
  • Water Purification – SteriPEN Adventurer Opti
  • Bic Lighter
  • HeadlampBlack Diamond Icon
    • In the winter I use a bit beefier headlamp.  Due to the decreased amount of daylight the odds of me hiking in the dark are pretty significant so I like a brighter light with a longer battery life.
  • LanternMont-Bell Crushable Lantern Shade
    • This thing is brilliant.
  • Sit Pad – 1′ by 2′ piece of foam I cut from a sleeping pad
    • One of my favorite items to take with me.  Great for sitting on at lunch, around the fire, using as a small table to keep from losing small items, placed under a pack in your vestibule to keep the bottom of your pack dry, and many more uses.
  • Emergency BeaconDelorme InReach
  • GPS – Garmin 62s
  • Avalanche Beacon – BCA Tracker2
  • Ice AxeCAMP Corsa Nanotech ice axe
  • Gaiters – REI Mountain Gaiters
    • Snow getting down your boot can ruin your day.
  • Watch – Suunto Core
  • Sun GlassesJulbo Tensing
  • Puffy JacketThe North Face Supernatural
  • Puffy PantsArc’teryx Atom LT
  • Rain Jacket – Outdoor Research Mentor Jacket
  • Soft Shell JacketOutdoor Research Salvo
    • This is what I hike in.
  • Soft Shell Pants – Outdoor Research Salvo
  • Camp ShoesFeathered Friends Down Booties
      • I really enjoy a camp shoe in the winter.
  • Hiking Boots – Anything GORE-TEX that fits well
  • Snow Traction – Kahtoola MICROspikes
    • I once got talked into leaving these at home during a early October trip to The Enchantments – huge mistake. Now I always bring them.
  • Light GlovesOutdoor Research StormTracker
  • Heavy Gloves – Outdoor Research Mt. Baker Shell Mitts paired with Blackrock Gear Expedition Grade Mitt Liners for warmth
    • The shells can be layered over my light/medium weight gloves while on the trail if the sky opens up.  I swap the Blackrock Gear Expedition Grade Mitt Liners in for extra insulation when I’m hanging out at camp.
  • Boxers – ExOfficio Give-N-Go Sport Boxer Brief
  • Socks – Two pairs of Darn Tough Ultralight hiking socks
    • One pair to hike in and another to wear around camp.
  • ShirtOutdoor Research Echo 1/4 zip
  • Baseball Cap – Any cheap trucker hat will do.
  • Food – Breakfast, lunch, dinner (I pack one extra serving of dinner just in case), trail snacks, night time snacks, coffee, tea & sports drink powder
  • Food Bag – Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil dry sack with 50′ of cord
    • A durable dry bag with a length of cord attached holds food and can be hung to act as a bear bag.
  • Carabineers – Two of them. Camp Nano 23’s are my favorite.
    • Great for all kinds of random things.
  • Nighttime Pee Bottle – Nalgene Wide-Mouth Canteen (96 oz)
    • I hate going outside in the middle of a blizzard.
  • Emergency Survival GearEmergency + medical gear packing list

Alternate Items – These are items I swap in or out when the weather changes.

  • Snow Shoes – MSR Evo Ascent
    • Swap for snow traction when the snow gets deep.
  • Poncho/Tarp – Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano Tarp-Poncho
    • When the weather gets really nasty throw this in. Nothing keeps you dry like a poncho. Layer it on top of the rain jacket and pants to stay extra dry and protect your pack at the same time. It can also be used to create a vestibule on the tent if you get snowed in for a bit and need to cook inside your shelter or stash extra gear to create additional living space.
  • Crevasse Rescue KitCrevasse rescue packing list
    • Added into my pack whenever I’m venturing into glacier covered terrain.
  • Bear Mace
    • I throw this in whenever I’m concerned about bears or if there could be some worry over people.  You can always say your sorry after you mace someone.  You can’t say “whoops” if you shoot them.
  • HammockHummingbird Single Person Hammock + Tree Straps
    • Nothing makes people jealous like busting out a hammock at the edge of a lake and kicking up your feet. If there is terrain that supports a hammock I throw this in.