A shortr list of gear and clothing I like to take for 3-5 day trips when I'm not too concerned with living the ultralighter's dream. I usually find flexibility in these trips to accommodate for weightier items.
A little more forethought goes into packing for the cold, especially in foul weather or at altitude. But my favorite thing about the cold is bringing my down booties.
Most of my long distance hikes are packed with an Ultralight, or UL, philosophy in mind. Making multi-use of the items I carry and only carrying what is needed from one town to the other.
Sometime going heavy for the night is just fine with me. Here are some of my creature comforts when I'm just out to spend the night.
Peaks you can reach without bulky climbing gear or ropes.
Choosing a milder weather window allows for cooler days, but sometimes very cold nights. Packing for exposure to the hot and the cold applies here.
Most of my kit for these trips will lean towards the lighter side, however, for a 3-5 day trip I am willing to pack out a little more for certain adventures. Here are some of the addtional items I would typically carry.
One of my favorite items for dry, exposed sections of a trail.
Only packed if I'm hiking with a friend, obviously. Bears don't understand this game.
Getting good shot or videos is great until you start carrying a ton of batteries and a tripod.
Not always tradional, but its functional.
Liberating is the word that comes to mind. The town folk call it obscene, but only if I don't sit 'lady-like'.
Everything can be done in a R1.
While traditionally made of cotton, my poly one is good year round. Great for the bugs and the sun.
Items should be chosen specific to the cold, windy, wet, and high altitudes associated with 4 Season adventures as all of these effect you and your ability to stay safe and enjoy your trip.
3-4 lbs./per person
Tents should be double walled and work to circulate condensation outside of the walls. Tarps are another good choice if set up properly. I currently do not have a favorite 2 person model, just a 3 person North Face that is bomb proof.
2 lbs., 12 oz.
Weight and volume are a concern as much as finding This bag I can only use in the 4th season because otherwise it is to darn hot.
Lightweight, compact, and strong. Great for avalanche safety and for digging out your shelter area.
While technically not an avalanche beacon, the Mini is an invaluable tool in the backcountry, especially when it comes to giving loved ones a litlle peace of mind.
The Army taught me an acronym, one of many, that I still remind myself of when planning a 4 season trip: COLD-Cover exposed skin and eyes, Avoid Overheating and too much perspiration, Layer clothing, Drink plenty of fluids. Things to consider when bringing what matters.
Find a good warm jacket with a high fill weight to total weight ratio. The hood will help protect your head and neck when temps really drop.
Find a good pair of sunglasses that wrap around the sides of your eyes as well as covering down to your cheeks. Get the highest legal tinting available and consider spending a little more on anti-smear, anti-fogging, and anti-reflective coating on the inside of the lens. I also prefer polarized and special full spectrum UV blocking finishes on the outside.
Canister stoves don't always hold up to the demands altitude and cold put them through. This stove allows me to control fuel pressure as well as control the flame. No burnt eggs here, folks.
For thru hiking, I prefer an ultralight setup keeping with the 'grams make ounces, ounces make pounds' mentality. This is a very lean kit that does not sacrifice safety or comfortability for convenience.
This has been my go to pack for the past year and a half. I stripped off the extras that come standard to make this pack lighter than stock. Plenty of room and very comfortable.
This has been a good 2-3 season quilt especially once I learned how important the retention straps are to use. A little on the cool side when the temps drop below 30 degrees, but easily fixed with a good sleep mat and thicker base layers.
I had the pleasure of working directly with Thrupack to make a custom version of the fanny pack, which eventually became their company's design standard; small paracord loops in all four corners to attach the pack to shoulder straps of my backpack. The result is an easily accessible pouch that carries my essentials on trail and when I'm bumming around town on a zero day.
Lightweight, fast drying, non-stink holding, scuff resistant, and long lasting, hiking clothes should be functional and protective.
These shorts are very comfortable, dry fast, and don't bunch up. I also like having no belt to bunch up under pack straps.
Nice loose fit, wicks away sweat like a champ, and provides great UPF protection.
Lightweight trail gaiters that help keep dirt and debris from getting in my shoes and slowing me down. I've had the same pair for going on 3 years.
This is where I give myself a little wiggle room for trying out new gear and clothes that I am interested in using on future trips without the commitment of having to carry things for a few hundred mile.
For the most part I enjoy cowboy camping under the stars or the warm protection of a tent on buggy or rainy nights. On shorter, warm weather trip I will use my hammock setup. Just don't forget a mattress or under quilt as hammocks are a bit drafty.
On shorter trips I like taking a lot of whole foods with me, that's fruit, veggies, bread, and more. Having a skillet, different cups and pots, cutting board, paring knife, spice wheel, and other culinary utensils is a great way to keep your meals interesting, fun, and enjoyable just like at home.
Festive and fun, this light has gone with me almost everywhere. 9 colors to choose from, solar charged, and a cool multi-color setting make this a great item for late nights in camp.
Overnighters are a great way to test out your layering system, those new socks, or that $5000 Arc'teryx jacket you just got at a yard sale. Here are my choices.
You haven't lived until you've worn these bad boys around camp. You'll also be the envy of everyone else in your group. They're also great for sleeping in during really chilly nights.
Sometimes its just nice wearing a good old cotton tee when its warm and you're not going to freeze to death.
Because puffy pants.