Winter walking gear

in Outdoors

I'm sorting gear out for a trip to the Cairngorms. The intention is to base myself in Rothiemurchus camp site and do day walks. I will be meeting up with Phil Turner for 1 night, he will be running around in his new snow shoes.

I'm taking the gear for a multiday trip, plans are vague so unsure what I'm doing yet. I packed everything into a 50l Osprey Atmos which suddenly seamed very empty, wondered if it would fit into the 25l I'm also taking for day walks. To my amazement everything fitted in, its a bit of a squeeze but its all in. This is when I started to wonder what I've forgotten and thought I better unpack it and write a list. Here goes...


Osprey Atmos 50l or 25l pack
Black Diamond Rave Ice Axe
Kahtoola Steel Crampons
Red Snapper Ezee Toilet Trowel
Toilet Paper
Sigg 500ml water bottle
First Aid Kit
Lifeventure Wallet
Petzl Tikka Plus Headtorch
Silva Compass
Small Maxim Knife
Cheap Sumvision MP3 player
Spare batteries
Montane Quickfire jacket
Mountain Equipment Drilite Plus Waterproof trousers
Titanium Folding Spork
Fire Steel
Vargo Stove
MSR Titan Titanium Pot
Gas canister 250
Exped drybag with small amount of food
1litre platypus
Spare Smartwool socks
Spare Icebreaker 200 baselayer
Lifeventure Trek Towel
Mountain Suds Soap
Folding Toothbrush
Rightguard Deodrant
Avid Folding Razor
Neo Air & repair kit
Thermarest sitter
Hilleberg Akto tent
Alpkit Pipedream 600 (in Exped Drybag)
Garmin Etrex GPS
a few spare freezer bags


Pacer poles
Montane Litespeed
North Face Beenie
Snow & Rock Long John things
Montane Terra pants
Icebreaker Hiker Socks
Icebreaker 260 Base layer
Trek mates Gore-Tex gators
Berghaus Infinity Light Jacket
Sealskinz Gloves
Columbia Titanium Gloves
Keen Targhee II Boots
Inov8 345GTX Trail Shoes

I will probably carry both sets of gloves, preferring to wear the sealskinz as they are lighter. The Columbia things are what I use for snowboarding but are needed when the Sealskinz get too wet and cold. I may buy some more gloves in Aviemore to replace them for walking, have used Icebreaker liner gloves before which I really like in conjunction with something else. Boots or shoes would be chosen depending on walk. I have also got some Inov8 310s but currently covered in mud from a run and wouldn't dry in time if I cleaned them tonight.