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Winter Backpacking Gear Video and Notes: Selection thoughts, Worse Case Scenario, First Aid Kit

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 10 April 2011

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Now that we've checked out our Winter layering options, we now have to tailor our selections to the weather conditions we are anticipating from our route and weather conditions research and balance this with our own personal level of cold tolerance.

Then we have to throw in the extra layer necessary to deal with worse-case scenarios.

Check out the Tahoe to Whitney gear list for layering options, and the discussion about layering.

In addition, we should tailor our first aid kit to reflect our personal needs, as well as adjust it for the length and character of our trip.

For me this means bringing the proper support for my bad knees, if they give me problems. I also make sure I have enough dressings to take care of my feet, because the last year has brought me the most blisters since I was a teenager.

I will have to increase my dressings and tape supply up or down for longer or shorter trips.

The point is that you should perfectly adjust your layering selections and your first aid kit to reflect your personal level of cold tolerance and your personal first aid needs while including a prudent bit of extra layering and supplies to deal with potential worse case scenarios.

Check out the Tahoe to Whitney First Aid Kit on the gear list.

It is very important that you bring the extra layers to anticipate the worse case scenario that could possibly occure during your trip.We need to be able to survive unexpected temperature drops, unexpected blizzards, and the possibility of a Continential Cold Air Mass moving Westward into the Sierras from the Great Plains. 

If you have questions, comments, or bits of knowledge and experience to add, hit the comments link below.


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