Winter Backpacking / Hammock Camping Gear

My base pack, as of January 2019.

Left to Right:

  • Tarp.
  • Suspension straps.
  • Hammock & winter cover.
  • Food: from back to front, food & fuel bag, cooking set, water filter, cup & spoon.
  • Fleece sleeping bag/blanket.
  • 10°F underquilt.
  • 40°F top quilt.
  • Down pillow.
  • At front: sit-pad.
  • At rear: 60+10 liter Deuter backpack.

Not shown, clothes, electronics, and 2 liter water bottle which I normally carry empty and fill when I’m getting ready to camp.

Don’t be fooled by the size of my pillow, it’ll just about fit into my cup if need be. Base weight is around 20 – 22 lbs. The 40°F quilt doubled up with the fleece blanket has worked fine down to 23°F. I’m waiting for my 10° quilt to arrive when I’ll be able to leave the fleece behind, well I might not leave it behind as it’s good to wrap myself in while I’m sitting round the campfire, and it has lots of burn holes to show for it. My new quilt will not be ready for another five weeks, and if the weather improves, I may not need it by then. That’s one of the problems of buying from cottage manufacturers.

Update December 2020

I’ve been refining, updating, and replacing gear throughout 2020, and now, besides tinkering with bits and pieces, I can’t see things changing a lot in 2021 (famous last words…). My 2020-2021 Winter Backpacking Gear

Update March 2019

I changed out my water filtering system, getting rid of Ziploc bags in the process:Backpacking/Hiking Water Filtering Setup. Oh, and I’ve ditched the cup too. I really don’t need it. I can drink my hot drinks straight from the cook pot. There’s no difference in the cleaning up and it’s one less thing to carry.

Update February 16, 2019

On my next trip I experimented with not using compression stuff sacks for my quilts and that worked very well. So well I don’t think I’ll be using the compression sacks again.

I heard this week that my 10°F quilt is almost ready to be sent. So hopefully I’ll get it next week, and then I’ll have to organize a trip out to test it – done see: Trip Report – ‘Wet Feet Hike’

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