Group Gear List – Updated for Winter 2015 Trips
For those planning to run their own trips, we now provide our group gear recommendations in list format! This page is full of notes and product links, if you’d like a clean, checklist-style list use the following .pdf document:
- Group Gear List (provided by Lure on our trips);
We organize our gear into “packages” based on task, which works well for us on the trail.
The Complete List
Tent and Tools
Snowtrekker Tents (USA – price varies with size/ model);
- Limbing/ Felling Axe
Best: Gransfors Bruks Scandinavian Forest Axe ($100+);
Economy: For years we used a cheap hardware store axe to great effect;
- Splitting Axe
Best: Gransfors Bruks Small Splitting Axe ($100+)
Economy: See limbing axe above.
- Bow Saws (& spare blades)
Best: 30″ Bob Dustrude Folding saw ($59.45);
Economy: Hardware store bow saws.
- Snow shovel
Small mountaineering shovels at MEC (various models);
- Ice chisel
LotN Take-Down Ice Chisel ($200);
- Whisk broom;
Available at hardware/ department stores ($10);
- Stove, pipes, wire & gloves available in Titanium or steel
Titanium: Fourdog Stoves
- Briden Solutions– Canadian Freeze Dried foods by the can!
- We typically pack our food into wooden boxes, varnished cardboard or plastic bins.
Read more about our wooden boxes.
Toboggans and Accessories
- A Tank wraps the load;
- A Top Bag provides access to small items through the day.
- A Day Box is a great seat and place to keep a thermos and mitts;
For many standard kitchen items, no link has been provided as they can typically be found locally.
Plano’s “Small Sportsman’s Trunk” is a great cold-weather plastic for those without a wooden wannigan;
- Pot set
Large stainless steel soup pots from department stores are an exceptional value. Grind off the side handles and install a wire bail handle for camping use.
Best: GSI aluminum griddle;
- Dutch Oven(s)
Best: GSI Aluminum dutch ovens;
- Bowls, plates, mugs, utensils
Best: Dollar store stainless steel cutlery.
- Leather fire gloves;
- Sanitary items (cloth/ scrubbie/ soap/ bleach/ sanitizer and basins);
- LED Lantern;
- Matches/ lighter;
- Staple cooking foods (oil/ butter/ tea/ coffee/ spice/ sugar/ milk);
- Safety pins for hanging clothes;
- Water bladder;
(These items will likely vary significantly from trip to trip and group to group)
- Repair kit;
- First Aid kit;
- Communication Equipment
SPOT device; or Garmin InReach;
- Ice fishing kit;
- Shared emergency clothing;
- Rope, snowshoe bindings, batteries, etc