It seems that Mother Nature is screaming from the top of all those crisp white peaks that Winter is well and truly here.
Day trips had already become shorter with lesser daylight hours, now with the arrival of all this snow in Canterbury more layers, and more equipment is in order.
Generally is Summer and autumn, day trips are around 20 kilometers and about 7 to 8 hours. I don’t tend to take to much excess gear as the weather is good and time is on my side. That all changes once as daylight savings ramps up and we get closer to the longest day.
So for a winter day tramp I use my Deuter Futura 26 AC SL pack. I’ve had this pack for a number of years now, I wouldn’t say that I love it but I don’t hate it either. With that said, I am on the lookout for a new day pack.
As for what I pack, here is the list:
- Rain jacket
- Marmot over trousers (these come in very hand if the wind picks up at higher elevations)
- Kathmandu thermal top
- Kathmandu long johns
- Icebreaker merino jumper
- RAB gloves (I will also add another pair of waterproof gloves, especially when being in the snow all day, there is nothing worse that having cold wet hands)
- Icebreaker beanie
- Kathmandu neck gaiter
- Emergency blanket
- Bivvi bag (it’s a great idea to carry some form of shelter in case an accident happens and you need some protection from the elements, who knows you may end up being out overnight)
- First aid kit
- Emergency kit
- Crampons (I use a pair of 12 point Grivel)
- Ice axe (Grivel again)
- Drink bottle (1 litre)
And this is what I will wear:
- Meindl Island Lady boots
- Outdoor Research long gaiters
- Bridgedale sock liners and socks
- Stoney Creek pants
- Thermal singlet
- Long sleeve light weight top
- Swazi fleece and/or a Marmot wind stopper jacket (I will wear one and the other will stay in my pack)
- Merino fingerless gloves
- Black Diamond Z poles