Winter Camping Gear Essentials

It’s a winter wonderland. Get out there and enjoy it.

Winter Camping Gear     Photo: Shana Novak

1. BCA COMPANION SHOVEL
This basic shovel strikes the perfect balance┬Ślight enough not to be a burden but sturdy enough for efficient cave building or avalanche rescue. $50; backcountryaccess.com

2. GRANITE GEAR PULK SLED
Be the husky. Winter slogging with a heavy pack is a cinch with this classic 17-pound, torso-harnessed sled. $600; granitegear.com

3. BIG AGNES TWO TRACK
This self-inflating, two-inch-thick pad is insulated enough to replace closed-cell foam on sub-zero excursions. $83; 2.1 lbs, 20"x72"x2"; bigagnes.com

4. RAB SUPER LIGHT BIVY
The waterproof-breathable eVent upper handles condensation, so you don't soak your down sleeping bag from within, while the waterproof bottom keeps out the melt from your snow cave. $240; 1 lb; rab.uk.com

5. BIG AGNES HAHNS PEAK SL-20
On a zero-degree night above treeline, I slept warm and well in this 800-fill-down cocoon, which trims weight by using lightweight shell materials on the bottom. $500; 2.9 lbs black

6. DIAMOND STORMTRACK
Spacious enough for two, plus packs, this 6.5-pound, double-walled bunker has two doors and vestibules and sets up easily, even in the wind. $500; bdel.com

7. THE NORTH FACE PRISM OPTIMUS
With its low weight, small pack-down size, and a stowable PrimaLoft hood, this down zero-degree jacket is our new backcountry go-to. $299; 1.7 lbs; thenorthface.com

8. CLOUDVEIL DOWN PATROL MITT
Inside this cozy wind-blocking mitten is a fingered glove liner for added warmth. $95; cloudveil.com

9. BIG AGNES MILNER MALL RECYCLED CAMP BOOTY
The abrasion-resistant and recycled sole makes for more comfortable footing on mixed snow and dirt, while PrimaLoft eco-insulation keeps boot-weary feet toasty. $45

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