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90 Country Club Rd.
Tupper Lake, NY 12986-9704
(518) 359-7536
Adirondack Canoeing Guide

Winter Guided Day Trip List - Snowshoe, Hike, X-C Ski

Winter Clothing & Gear

It is recommended that the following items be carried on all winter trips in the Adirondacks. Our weather tends to be rather unpredictable, and changes without warning, especially at the higher elevations. Even though we venture into the backcountry not expecting to deal with an accident or injury, they do occur. Please be sure to pack what you would need to keep yourself dry and warm in the event of an unexpected delay during the journey. Hypothermia is a life threatening condition onsetting more quickly in cold weather.

Day Pack:

A day pack will be provided for you if necessary. You are welcome to bring your own day pack if you prefer. You may find it handy for:

  • Carrying your extra clothing, water, snacks and miscellaneous items
  • Keeping your back warm
  • Attaching items to the outside for easy access when layering to control body warmth
  • Sitting on when stopping or resting
Footwear & Gear:

Please note the the DEC requires the use of snowshoes when there is 8" or more of snow on the trails.

  • Boots that will keep your feet warm and are comfortable for snowshoeing or winter hiking (a boot that you would use to hike in during the winter are usually fine for snowshoeing. Should not be so loose that your feet slide around in them. Regular hiking boots will likely not be warm enough. Low top shoes/boots are not allowed.)
  • We recommend gaiters that cover the top of your boot to keep the snow out.
  • In regards to snowshoes, you are welcome to bring your own OR we can provide snowshoes & ski poles for you.
  • In regards to x-c ski gear, you will have to bring your own. If you do not have such but would like a ski experience, we can help you with ski gear rentals. Just let us know in advance. Thanks!
  • Micro spikes and/or crampons are highly recommended for winter hikes to mountain peaks.
Clothing: (No cotton please!)

Please avoid cotton clothing. It retains moisture that promotes a loss of body heat when wet. Synthetic choices include - polyester, polypropylene, pile, fleece, bunting, polar guard. We tend to favor fleece & micro-fleece clothing. It's always a good idea to bring a complete set of warm, dry clothes for changing into in the event of an injury to yourself or another group member. Hypothermia is a risk not worth taking.

The following list of clothing is recommended for wearing and maintaining your comfort level in cold weather. Unless otherwise specified, one of each of the following items is all you should need for each area of the body. Expect to pack that what is not necessary at the moment in your day pack:

  • Synthetic or wool hat that covers the top of the head and ears
  • Synthetic or wool neck gaiter and/or scarf
  • Sunglasses (or goggles to protect eyes from branches, sun and/or wind)

  • Synthetic or wool long underwear (turtleneck with zipper is best)
  • Lightweight synthetic or wool shirt (turtleneck or with high collar with zipper/buttons)
  • Synthetic lightweight jacket or pile sweatshirt for warmth when stopped
  • Down or synthetic vest
  • Hooded waterproof/windproof shell (with multiple pockets, double-pull zipper with storm flap are best)

  • Synthetic or wool long underwear
  • Synthetic or wool pants
  • Waterproof/windproof shell pants (with full length zippers are best)

  • (2) Synthetic or wool liner socks
  • (2) Synthetic or wool socks
  • Wearing double socks helps keep the feet "drier" therefore warmer and helps reduce the development of blisters.

  • Synthetic or wool liner gloves
  • Synthetic or wool gloves
  • Synthetic or wool mittens
  • Waterproof/windproof mitten shells
  • Extra pair of warm mittens or gloves
Food & Water:
  • We recommend you bring water bottles with a wide mouth for winter outings - it takes longer for the opening to freeze; water bottles will be carried inside the pack to help insulate them from the cold. Hydration systems tend to freeze up in the winter.
  • 1 liter/quart of water or other non-alcoholic beverage for every 2 hours (more if you tend to drink a lot of water)
  • Lunch & snacks appropriate for the time you will be out
Other Items:
  • Small amount of toilet paper & Kleenex packed in a Ziploc bag
  • Small "sealable" (Ziploc) bag for personal "trash" (papers, wrappers)
  • Headlamp/flashlight with extra new batteries/bulb
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Emergency space blanket or bivy (will be provided if temperatures prompt such)
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