OLJATO WINTER TRIP CHECKLIST v0.1

THE 10 ESSENTIALS

____ MAP and COMPASS
____ SIGNAL DEVICE (whistle)
____ FLASHLIGHT (with extra batteries)
____ EXTRA CLOTHING
____ EXTRA FOOD AND WATER
____ SUNGLASSES
____ WATERPROOF MATCHES
____ CANDLE or FIRESTARTER
____ POCKET KNIFE
____ 1st AID KIT

ALWAYS CARRY THESE 10 ESSENTIALS, WHETHER ON A DAY HIKE OR A 50-MILER!

To CARRY GEAR

____ Backpack with waterproof cover (properly sized and adjusted - demonstrate by putting on)
____ Packing straps to attach sleeping bag (do NOT bring bungees!)
____ Day pack (back or waist, to carry lunch, water, 10 essentials, spare sweater on day tour)
____ (optional) Sled with waterproof bags (demonstrate durability! Remember rope for attachment)

SHELTER:

____ Winter weight synthetic sleeping bag (or double bag) and stuff sack (no down bags for Scouts)
____ Foam Pad (extra thick closed cell foam. Can use two pads strapped together)
Inflatables are not acceptable for Scouts! (Adults using inflatable pads must back up with closed cell foam pad. No air mattresses at all!)
____ Waterproof Ground cloth—silver sided preferred
____ Tent with TENT PEGS or pickets appropriate for snow (alternative - "deadman" sacks for snow)

CLOTHING:

(5 layers torso, 3 layers pants, plus full change in pack, plus one change per day
except the heavy outer fleece which you need two sets) - NO COTTON!
____ Polypro briefs or boxers (4 total)
____ Thermal underwear long pants – polypro (4 total)
____ Heavy long poly FLEECE pants + extra pair in pack
(2nd layer heavy long johns or insulated ski bib passable but fleece is recommended) (two total)
____ Waterproof breathable membrane shell pants (1 total)
____ Thermal top – polypro (4 total)
____ Long Sleeve poly shirt (4 total)
____ Heavy (or two layers if not heavy) Poly FLEECE sweater (2 total)
____ Additional FLEECE top to provide warmth (if needed) (1 total)
____ Waterproof breathable membrane shell top with hood (1 total)
____ Light liner socks (poly) - I pair per day + spare (4 total)
____ Heavy poly or wool outer socks - I pair per day + spare (4 total)
____ Waterproof insulated WINTER boots (1 total)
____ Gaiters (be sure they cover boot tops and calf of leg!) (1 total)
____ Poly stocking cap + extra in pack (wool acceptable (2 total)
____ Balaclava (1 total)
____ Mittens - minimum two pairs poly liners + waterproof outers (plus optional poly liner gloves)
____ Polargard, Holofil, or similar synthetic-filled booties for inside shelter
____ Recommended one pair of large black chemical gloves from hardware store for making snow shelter

AT LEAST ONE CHANGE OF CLOTHES EACH DAY. ALL ITEMS PACKED INDIVIDUALLY IN PLASTIC BAGS.

OTHER GEAR:

____ Snowshoes
____ Spoon, insulated cup with lid, and bowl or 2nd cup (be sure to use cord to tie lid and spoon to cup and bowl)
____ Water bottle (I qt wide mouth) (two preferred) use a sock for insulation or buy an insulated cover
____ Nighttime urine bottle (reused sturdy large sports bottles work well)
____ Rope, 50' of 1/8" nylon line
____ Small roll of toilet paper in plastic bag, and trowel and double zip lock bags (for used paper) in wilderness areas
____ TWO or more large plastic garbage bags + extra plastic bags for clothes, food, cook gear, etc.
____ Toothbrush and paste, comb, and soap
____ Sun screen (minimum # 15) and chapstick

GENERAL RULE: IF YOU DON'T KNOW YOU'LL NEED IT, LEAVE IT!
(Limit packs to 1/5 (young scouts) to 1/4 (older, experienced scouts) of body weight

EQUIPMENT (some equipment provided by Troop/patrol)

Cook pots
Backpack Stoves - 1 per 3 campers. Recommend white gas. Be sure to test at home so you know lighting procedures.
Sufficient fuel for stoves (2 oz person/day white gas, plus snow melting allowance of 8 ounces/person/day) – use fresh fuel
Fuel containers must be marked with scout’s name
ALL FUELS ARE UNDER ADULT LEADER’S CONTROL PER BSA CHEMICAL FUELS POLICY STATEMENT
Stove boards - to insulate stove from snow, prevent melting a hole under the stove, and for stability
Metal (not plastic) snow shovel (each participant must have a shovel of backcountry ski type, for snow shelters)
Snow saws (several in patrol - some pruning saws are suitable) .
Large patrol-size first aid kit
Blister kit (even in winter!)
Seasonal first aid equipment (chemical heat packs, etc.)
Water purification kit and large containers (you will melt at least one liter per person to keep overnight)
Folding bucket or similar container for gathering snow for melting ,
Tent and pack emergency repair kit
Snowshoe and ski emergency repair kit