SBC 2-day Tahoe Overnight Gear List:


These 2-day overnight classes are low-stress and easy-going with much to see, notice, learn, and practice, so bring to class:




Long underwear or equivalent (tights, etc.)

Insulated pants (for cold days)

Waterproof pant shells (waterproof/breathable is ok)

Synthetic upper tee shirt or equivalent

Insulative upper layer or equivalent

Optional thicker insulative upper layer (down sweater/jacket for women)

Down parka or equivalent (for when we are having lunch on a cold, windy daIMGP2535y)

Waterproof jacket shell (waterproof/breathable is ok)

Insulated gloves (cold day); liner gloves (warm, spring day)

Knit/Insulated/Fleece hat or equivalent (cold day); Wide-brim/baseball cap (warm, spring day)

Sweat rag (as needed)

Tall gaiters for over your snowshoe boots (if your boots are tall, anyway, no need)

Down booties for in your tent or around camp (buy early because stores run out)

Extra gloves and socks


Bedroom:14 inside my tent


Down sleeping bag with hood rated to 10-25 degrees (if new) or 0 degrees (if old)

Down insulated air mattress is best (see Exped’s downmats), but air plus foam may be ok

Air pillow  (as needed or substitute)




Knife or multi-tool

Water purification or water filterDSC00683

One or two canteens or bottles (same as mentioned in Pantry)

Water storage bag, 4-8 liter for in-tent supply

Spoon, fork (as needed)

Canister or liquid fuel stove, pots, cleaning items

One or two mop-up rags for indoor cooking

Small, thin, hard surface on which to place stove on snow




(Two hot lunches, misc. snacks, a dinner, and breakfast)

Carry a liter of electrolyte-filled water and a liter of regular water for your initial hot lunch in camp

Additional electrolyte additive to water supply

Drink flavorings (as needed)





Back-up, charged storage battery for electronics


GPS (as needed)

Topo map of area

Loud whistleIMG_4662

Headlamp and back-up batteries and bulb

Dark glasses that fit the face

First Aid kit, personal medicines

Repair kit, back-up matches, lighter

California Sno-Park instructions

Sno-Park permit (2 days worth) for the car dashboard.




Toiletries: TP, wipes, carry out zip-lock, lighter, hand sanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb

Lip balm, skin cream, sunscreen




Backpack that fits comfortably and correctly (we will adjust)

Snowshoes (any brand, rental or owned, will do. We like MSR)IMG_4684

Insulated snowshoe boots (“Snopacs” of various brands, other insulated winter boots, or rental snowboard boots)

Adjustable poles with snow baskets

Day Pack (that fits and can take weight comfortably)

Chains for the car (as needed)

Sit-pad (something to put down on the snow to sit on during outdoor meals or rests)

Rescue shovel (for digging out stakes, tent, and footwells.

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