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KEEPING YOUR PACK LIGHT You have to carry everything on your back 6 miles. Keeping a light pack is probably the most important key to enjoying this trip. You need to carefully consider what you bring. If something isn’t on this list I would suggest you ask me about bringing it. Here are some other tips about keeping your pack light:
- Total pack weight should be less than 30lbs. I will personally be targeting 20lbs.
- The hut provides quite a bit of gear. Don’t make the mistake of hauling something that will already be there. I put together a list of things the hut provides.
- Plan your food carefully.
- Read the food page for group food.
- Eat a big breakfast and bring some snacks for just before you leave the trailhead. Bring snacks for after the hike as well. Also bring an extra water bottle so you can leave the trailhead well hydrated.
- Plan and ration each snack and meal. You should know exactly what you are going to eat when. This prevents bringing way more food than you need.
- Don’t bring extra clothes for vanity. You want options but you want these options to be a layering system. A change of underwear / socks is prolly a good idea 😀
- Repack things and use travel sizes. Only bring exactly the number of something you plan to use. For example handwarmers, wet wipes, TP…. Don’t bring large size or full packages of items unless you have coordinated sharing items with others.
Note the huts do prevent firearms. I will probably not bring my gun. There is nearly zero wildlife danger, and the people in the backcountry are almost always good people, and quite frankly it isn’t worth the weight. If you do decide to bring one you will need to plan on concealing it the entire time you are there even when sleeping. Also please do not shoot Joshua in the finger. He really can’t afford it.
Items marked with a * can be loaned out by erik or me please let me know ASAP if you want to borrow.
- Snowshoes or x-country skis (available at REI for rent, if you don’t have your own) *
- Trecking Poles (optional but handy)
- Backpack (large enough to carry all the gear on this list) [available to rent at REI if you don’t have) minimum 35L *
- Sleeping bag (Rating min 30 degree probably want 20 degree) I would strongly suggest a lightweight down mummy bag. Weight should be 1.5-2.5 lbs
- Headlamp or small flashlight with extra batteries (lithium batteries are more reliable in the cold) *
- Map / Compass (you can print a map from the links above)
- Fire starting kit (matches, lighter, fire staring fuel …)
- First aid kit (I will bring a good kit for the group, but you should bring some essentials)
- Ibuprofen / acetaminophen
- Moleskin / blister Band-Aids
- Any prescription medications you take
- OTC sleeping pill if you have trouble sleeping in new situations (also makes you vulnerable to teabagging)
- Sunscreen / Lip balm
- Sunglasses and Goggles
- Pillow case (There are plenty of pillows @ the cabin)
- Book /Entertainment
- GMRS / FMRS radio (I have 6) (lithium batteries are more reliable in the cold)
- GPS or offline maps of the area on your phone
- Cigar (obviously optional if you don’t enjoy them)
- Personal Items
- Small amount of TP for trail
- Toothbrush / Tooth paste
- Hand sanitizer
- Trash bag to line your pack
- I will be providing group food consisting of the following.
- Spagettii with meatsauce And Pita or Naan Bread with dipping oil. Brownie desert
- Green chili with tortillias
- Bagels with cream cheese or justins peanut butter
- Scrambled eggs, left over green chili, pancakes with syrup and bacon.
- 40 starbucks via packets, and non dairy creamer to split among group.
- 1 bladder of red wine
- 1 750 ml of rum
- 1 750 ml jamison
- 1 pint honey wiskey
- 1 pint pepermint schnaps
- Due to the amount of people going and the longer hike I will need help hauling group food this year. There will be 4 sleds and people will need to take turns pulling them.
You will need to bring the following Food
- Tea / instant coffee /creamer / hot chocolate /hot cider
- Two lunches (see this blog post for ideas) Think about things freezing in cold weather though https://coloradokeith.com/backpacking-hiking-food Lunches need to be eddible without heating or much prep.
- Snacks You are going to burn a lot of calories you need plenty of snacks for energy blog post in previous post has good ideas
- Booze If you plan on more than a couple drinks per night, you may want to bring a small flask or something else
- 1L water bottle with a wide mouth. Hydration bladers are bad news in the cold. They freeze and become unusable.
(wool or synthetics – NO Cotton unless you want hypothermia) LAYERS!! Here is some good information on winter layering systems if you aren’t familiar http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/dress-layers.html http://14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=38087
- Long underwear (tops and bottoms)
- Fleece / wool insulation layer
- Shell jacket (waterproof / windproof) *
- Down parka if you have it (if you do not have this bring an extra insulating layer for emergency) *
- Extra insulation layer just in case
- Socks (at least two pairs of warm socks I recommend wool hiking socks)
- Warm Hat ( I carry two of these, if one of your layers has a hood count that as your backup)
- scarf / balaclava/ neck gaiter
- Toe / hand warmers
- Pants (good synthetic hiking pants or soft shell pants) Not jeans. If you run cold ski pants will probably be ok. I get far to hot hiking uphill in insulated pants.
- Light gloves, plus warm mittens or heavy gloves
- Gaiters (optional but a very good idea) *
- Down booties or warm socks to wear around the cabin
- Hiking boots (insulated is better waterproof is a very good idea)
- Micro spikes (optional may be handy if we don’t need snowshoes in areas)
- Travel tooth brush / tooth paste (share toothpaste with partner) or consider the disposable mini brushes (wisps)
- A small amount of TP in case you gotta pee or poop on the trail. The cabin has a latrine with toilet paper and hand sanitizer
- Knife / multi tool
- Hiking or ski poles
- Duct tape (wrap a small amount on ski pole)
- Trash bag
Provided by the Hut or by Me
- Erik and I will both be carrying GPS, Map and Compass.
- Water filter (1 4 liter gravity bag, and one pump style)
- Avalanche shovels and probes (I think there will be two of us with avalanche gear)
- Bivy sack for emergency
- Stove and pot for emergency on trail
- Well stocked first aid kit
- Some booze and food (see food section for details)
The hut provides
- Bed and pillow
- Outhouse and Toilet paper
- Grill and propane stove
- Probably some light reading material and games
- Snow melting pots
- Coffee percolators
- Propane and Wood burning stoves
- Toilet Paper
- Paper towels
- Hand sanitizer
- Dish soap
- Minimal electric lighting (although a headlamp or flashlight is still highly advisable)
- Shovels (for clearing the decks and snowmelt)
- Books / Games
- Matches, Firewood, Fire starting paper, Axes
- Plastic Trash bags