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Winter Equipment List

Compiled originally by John Waffenschmidt. Modified by Bob Moulder over the years.


Sleeping Gear

  • Tent – Winter mountaineering, plus snow stakes
  • Sleeping bag, rated to -20°F or lower
  • Double sleeping pads – full-length closed cell, plus Ύ-length ThermaRest


  • Internal frame, minimum 5,000 cubic inch, with two 500 c/i pockets


  • Hats – Two, Polartec or pile lined, with ear covers
  • *Nylon baseball cap
  • *Cotton bandana
  • *Polartec 200 balaclava
  • Neoprene face mask
  • Sunglasses – Dark glacier glasses with side shields
  • Ski goggles
  • Headlamp – Petzl Zoom or Micro, with fresh batteries plus spare batteries and bulb

Upper Torso

  • Jacket – Polartec 200, with pit zips
  • Shell jacket Gore-Tex, or similar.
  • Down parka – TNF “Baltoro,” Marmot “8000-Meter,” or equivalent


  • Gloves – Thick pile mittens with Gore-Tex shells, plus
  • Two sets Polartec 200 gloves, plus
  • Two sets of thin polyester liner gloves

Lower Torso

  • Long Underwear – one medium and one lightweight set, tops and bottoms
  • Pants – Polartec 200, with full side zips
  • Shell bibs --Gore-Tex, or similar. Shell pants will do, but bibs are recommended
  • *Shorts – nylon with built-in briefs preferred


  • Sock liners – Two pairs of  thin polyester
  • Socks – two pair of wool or wool/synthetic, Thorlo or equivalent
  • *Down or Polarguard booties
  • Boots – Plastic double-boots, inner boot insulated with closed-cell foam
  • Gaiters – Outdoor Research (OR) Gators, or equivalent
  • Crampons – 12-point step-ins recommended, plus crampon bag
  • Snowshoes – 9x30 inches, but more or less depending on your size


  • Ice axe – General mountaineering, with leash
  • Ski poles – Adjustable preferred, but fixed will do

Kitchen Gear

  • Swiss Army knife, Leatherman tool, or equivalent
  • Insulated mug with snap-on lid tethered to mug
  • 1-liter stainless steel or titanium pot, plus pot lifter if the pot has no handles
  • 2-liter pot for melting snow (1 per 2 people)
  • 2 Lexan spoons
  • 2 Lexan Nalgene bottles, plus OR water bottle parkas
  • Food – the simpler the preparation the better. Two steps is one step too many.
  • Stoves – MSR XGK or WhisperLite preferred, plus stove base and repair kit
  • Fuel – White gas, ½ to 1 pint (if melting snow for water) per person per day, plus 25%

Safety Gear

  • Map & Compass
  • *Altimeter watch
  • Bic lighters – several stashed in various places
  • 2 large plastic garbage bags
  • Several 1-quart Ziploc bags
  • Repair kit with duct tape, parachute cord, sewing kit, etc.
  • Sun block and lip block
  • Whistle – two-tone is best
  • Thermometer – small tag type, but check accuracy
  • Shovel – Lightweight Voile, or similar
  • *Bamboo wands – with colorful flags, for route marking

Personal Hygene

  • *Ear plugs – for a good night’s sleep
  • Toiletry kit
  • Toilet paper
  • *Pee bottle
  • First Aid kit


  • *Camera and film – Pentax 928 known to work down to -30°F

*Optional, but damned handy sometimes

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