Winter Woodsman Gear List

•  Warm Winter Boots

•  Sleeping Bag rated to at least -20 degrees

•  Sleeping Pad

•  Tarp: No smaller than 10′ x 10′

•  Long Underwear

•  Wool Socks: 4 pair (no cotton)

•  Wool Shirt or sweater

•  Wool Pants: 1 pair

•  Windproof jacket and pants (can be rain gear)

•  Rain Gear – should be sized to fit over cold weather clothes, can double as windproof gear

•  Parka or warm Jacket

•  Warm winter hat

•  Mittens

•  Sun Glasses

•  Personal Toiletries, including towel and washcloth, etc.

•  Other clothing that can get dirty and beat up.

•  Flash Light or Head Lamp

•  Snowshoes: 1 pair (read about snowshoe sizing information, and please contact us before buying)

        – The Faber “sport” model is the traditional style for this part of the world, and works very well.

        – Another option is the military magnesium snowshoe (google it)
        – Don’t purchase bindings, as we’ll be making them.

•  Cup for Hot/Cold drinks (unbreakable)

•  Plate, bowl, fork, spoon

•  Cook pot with a bail handle (Mors Pot, 16 cm Zebra pot, coffee can with lid or something similar). Will be used for cooking food and boiling water in the field..

•  Water Bottle with wide mouth (uninsulated metal water bottles can be put directly on the stove, a bonus)

•  Notebook and pen/pencil

In order to get the right size, put all gear for a winter trip (clothes, sleeping bag, pad, footwear, notebook, reading material, toiletries, etc.) into a trash bag. Then buy a large enough bag to hold this trash bag.

Tool List

•  Sharp Knife, fixed blade (non-folding) – We recommend the Frosts Mora #2 Carbon Steel, available from Ben’s Backwoods

•  Axe with Sturdy Leather Sheath (no hatchets) – handle should not be shorter than 25″. Contact Pole And Paddle Canoe for old, high-quality axes.

•  File (mill bastard, flat) and sharpening tool or stone

Optional Gear

•  Camera

•  Orienteering compass

•  Plastic sled for hauling your gear

•  Ice fishing gear

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