Essentials that can make backpacking in snow clad areas a comfortable experience!


Though there are many who hang up their hiking boots as the world gets covered in a blanket of snow, hiking in the snow has a thrill of its own! By this time, the crowd thins to a trickle and the bugs are all gone. And those who think it to be inconvenient will be surprised to find how comfortable it can be made with a little preparation. Here’s help to get you started.

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Tips For Pre-Trip Planning

To make your trip safe and more enjoyable, you can make the following arrangements:

  • It is better if you don’t go alone. Preferably, take along some friends who are skilled in various winter activities like snow travel, route finding and the like.
  • Get apprised of the climatic specialties of the place you are going to visit.
  • Also, check the condition of trails as well as the roads. Avoid avalanche-prone areas.
  • Chalk out a precise trip plan. Before you leave, inform others about where you are going, when you’ll return, as well as names and contact numbers of the people you are going with.
  • Last but not the least; do not forget to include essential gears for your backpacking trip.

But what should you take along while you are going for backpacking in snow clad areas?

What To Take

Make sure that you take a sturdy rucksack, and pack essential clothes and backpacking gears.

As For The Clothes…

These should go in your bag:

  • Breathable/ waterproof pants and jackets
  • Woolen clothing
  • Warm cap
  • Insulated parka
  • Synthetic hiking pants
  • Synthetic T shirts and briefs
  • Woolen mitten and gloves
  • Socks with additional sets for backup
  • Waterproof gaiters
  • A pair of good boots

Important Gears

Now this list is going to be a little long. But make sure that you pack all of them before you set for winter backpacking:

  • Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • Flashlight/ headlamp
  • Camera
  • Extra batteries
  • Water filter/ iodine drop/ iodine tablet
  • Utility bag
  • Maps and compass
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • Toiletries (razor, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Trekking poles
  • Whistle
  • First aid kit
  • Repair kit
  • Cook set
  • Bug repellant
  • Stove (white gas) and fuel (in fuel bottles)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Utensils
  • Water bottles

While you are on the go, you can follow some basic tricks to make your journey safe and secure.

What To Do While Backpacking

You may find the following tips handy when you are out for backpacking.

  • Consider the terrain you are going to walk on and plan accordingly. Don’t forget your snow shoes if you are going to hike in deep snow.
  • If you will hike through icy or rocky terrain, then bring some metal cleats to tie onto the bottom of your boots.
  • Learn the essential principles to survive the cold weather.

Finally, you should also be aware of the perils that you may face on the trail.

Possible Challenges During Winter Backpacking

The perils that you may face during backpacking in snow clad areas are:

  • Slab avalanches which primarily occur in places having inclination between 25 and 60 degrees.
  • Slippery ice can cause accidental slip.
  • Deep crevasses which can open up into glacier ice.

So before you go out for winter backpacking, consider these basic things. With proper preparation, your winter backpacking will surely be a picture perfect one.



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