What to pack for winter backpacking – Part 1

Winter backpacking requires more gear and more skills than backpacking in warmer seasons, so this will be a two-part post.

Given the risk level of this kind of endeavor, the gear list assumes two people will be travelling together on skis or snowshoes primarily below treeline. Winter conditions and geographical terrain vary from region to region, as do people’s tolerance for bad weather. Whatever the specifics, genuinely winter appropriate gear and skills are essential for camping under these conditions. Here are some general points to consider: Continue reading What to pack for winter backpacking – Part 1

What to pack for an ultra lightweight backpacking trip

Here’s a revision to a post from a couple of years back, revised to include some recent innovations. It builds on the post listing gear to take on a week-long backpacking trip but concentrates on ratcheting down from lightweight to what is often called ‘ultralight’. As before, regional differences in weather and terrain will affect … Continue reading What to pack for an ultra lightweight backpacking trip

What to pack for a week-long backpacking trip

(This article and gear list assumes two people hiking in moderate, non-technical terrain in late Summer/early Fall. It has been revised to include some innovations including sleeping mats and X-Pots)) It is, of course, impossible to come up with gear suggestions that work for everyone: climatic conditions and geographical terrain vary from region to region, … Continue reading What to pack for a week-long backpacking trip