You do not need the latest equipment to get out on a winter adventure. But you need to be able to stay comfortable, drink and eat enough and get a decent nights sleep. For your own and other hikers safety you also need to bring some basic safety equipment.
Here you find the equipment you must bring to the High Coast Winter Hike. There is not a big difference from what you need for a summer hike. Some more insulating layers, a thicker sleeping-bag (or two where you place one inside the other) and two sleeping pads to get better insulation from the snow is usually enough.
WHAT CLOTHING SHOULD I BRING?
Well pack and dress according to the layer-principle. Baselayer that transports moist and keep you dry and warm. A warming fleece as mid-layer and some shell garments like jacket and trousers. When you take breaks to rest, eat and enjoy the views you will need an insulating jacket with down or synthetic filling. Remember that it is perfectly allowed to take out your sleepingbag and make it even more comfortable. The trick is not to sweat too much or get too cold – so you need to adjust your clothing during the day. We will go through all this during the first outdoor school so no need to worry.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
Backpack, stove, sleepingbag, tent and sleeping pad is something you might already have or could borrow from friends after a simple facebook post. Just make sure you know how to use the equipment. During the night a lot of the heat loss is due to the snow underneath so it is a good idea to bring two sleeping pads. Most people do not have a winter sleepingbag so why not bring two and put the thinner in the thicker. For extra insulation you could always place your thicker jacket on top of it all and make it is super-cozy. Place your thermos with some hot chocolate next to you and you will feel like you´re in heaven.
SO WHAT ABOUT SNOWSHOES?
Parts of the winter hike will go through deep snow. That is why you will be able to borrow a pair of Snowshoes – TSL 325 Escape Easy to be specific. You simply place them on your hiking-boots. If you got a shoesize above size 46 or 12 – well let us know so we make sure we have enough of the big model by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
You will notice that you will really need your showshoes on some parts of the hike while you are better to take them of sometimes. This is extra important in climbs between cliffs so here you should take them off. We recommend to bring a pair of hiking poles for better balance.
Baselayer (Top and bottom)
Hiking Poles (Not a must)
Stove (Could be shared)
Matches and washing up liquid
Fuel/gas to stove
Cutlery and knife
Waterbottle and thermos
Snacks / Sausages
Coffee / Tea
Garlic and Parmesane cheese to enhance food.
Some stronger drinks.
Sleepingbag (or two)
Tent (Could be shared)
Sleeping pads x 2
First Aid Kit
Spade (not a must)
You probably do not need to buy any new equipment and you could probably borrow what you do not have – but if you are looking to revitalize your outdoor gear then we can really recommend you to take an extra look at this clothing and equipment.
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During the event you will also meet Grobetrotters Swedish sister company Naturkompaniet who will be able to help you with your tent, sleeping bag or backpack.