My Solo Winter Camping Gear

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My Solo Winter Camping Gear

Like most crazy winter campers, I’m always seeking ways to improve my winter camping gear.  This year, I purchased a few items to make my winter camping trips not only more enjoyable, but safer.  Camping in temperatures that fall far below freezing is much more challenging than fair weather camping, and it can be life-threatening to go out with sub-standard gear, particularly when adventuring solo.  To test my winter camping gear before setting out on a more extreme trip, I went snowshoeing and camping in Muskoka over the past two days.

Here is the first video from that trip, showcasing the winter camping gear and how I packed and carried it.

Here are some of items from the solo Winter Camping Gear I used for my one night trip.  Or, click here to download my complete gear list for this trip, including my clothing selection.

Outside pockets in Osprey Volt 75
3 litre Hydrapak water bladder w/ insulated hose
1 litre Nalgene water bottle w/ OR insulated sleeve
Matches, striker and lighter
Aquatab water purification tablets
Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
Snacks for current day – 2,000 calories
SPOT emergency beacon
Gloves, waterproof

Sleeping Kit
Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy
ThermaRest Neoair All Season sleeping pad w/ pump
ThermaRest Z-Lite pad foam sleeping pad
Sleeping bag, MEC Thor 2 Windstopper -30
Sleeping bag liner, Sea to Summit Coolmax Adaptor
Pee bottle

Camp Kit
10’X8′ Integral Designs Siltarp 2 w/ parachute cord
3’x6′ silnylon ground sheet
50′ Para cord (Paracord)
Silky Folding Saw POCKETBOY 130
Shovel, Voile Telepro

Repair Kit and First Aid Kit
Stainless steel snare wire
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape for Fabric Repair
Adventure Medical Kits UltraLight & Watertight .7 Kit
Knife sharpener

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Electronics Kit – in dry bag
Sony action Camera and mini tri-pod
Spare batteries for flashlight & SPOT -LITHIUM!(Energizer 8 AA Lithium Batteries)

Kelly Kettle kit w/ hobo stove accessory
Esbit 12-Piece Solid Fuel Cubes
Titanium 1600ml Pot and Pan Set
Plastic mug, 500 ml
Cotton coffee filter
TOAKS Titanium Long Handle Spoon
Matches and fire starters

Belt and pockets
Puma SGB Catamount Fixed Blade Knife
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Army 12,000 Strike Fire Starter with Emergency Whistle, Black
Emergency fire starter tinder and matches
iPhone 6 with GPS

Snowshoeing and Climbing
Snowshoes, Atlas Traverse 30
MEC Kokanee 2 Gore-Tex Gaiters

Total pack weight = 36.5 lbs including 8 lbs water

Shawn with loaded backpack

Packed and ready to go

Shawn putting on snowshoes

Strapping on my snowshoes

Solo winter camping gear

Solo winter camping gear

Winter Camping Gear ready to be packed up

Winter Camping Gear ready to be packed up

Boots and gaiters

Boots and gaiters


Loading my backpack for the snowshoe home

Loading my backpack for the snowshoe home

By |2017-02-19T08:01:24-05:00January 11th, 2017|Camping, Gear & Advice, Snowshoeing|1 Comment

One Comment

  1. Chris February 10, 2018 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Thanks for another great video. My dog always loves to see Cali. I live in Colorado and we have the same problem with Northern Pike. At some of the lakes and rivers, your not allowed to throw the pike back…kill it or eat it…to invasive and they kill off the trout and Bass. I have a lot of Carhart cold weather gear. What are the pants that you and Joe are wearing?

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