Nearly lost my toes completing La Cloche Silhouette this winter

We budgeted 8 days to do this trail this winter and were the first group to complete it in 2017. We chose to do it the more difficult way (counterclockwise), where we did the bulk of the elevation gain with packs laden with food.

Temperatures were colder than I expected. We had 4 consecutive nights of -20C (-5F) or colder. I brought a -12C (10F) quilt and expected to suffer a bit for one night — but never would have guessed there would be 4 nights of suffering.

Gear list below:

Packed Items (Baseweight): 15.9lbs
Worn Items: 11.0lbs
Carried Items: 2.2lbs
Consumables: 17.9lbs
Total Pack Weight: 33.8lbs

Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor pack
Outdoor Research 15L dry sack
Daiso day pack / food storage
Cyxus glasses case
Plastic bag
Garbage bag
Ziploc freezer bag
Ziploc sandwich bag

Clothing & Footwear
SmartWool Merino NTS 250 baselayer top
Patagonia Nano Air puffy jacket
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer puffy jacket
Uniqlo down jacket
Marmot Precip rain pants
SmartWool Merino NTS 250 baselayer bottoms
ExOfficio Give-N-Go boxers
Russell fleece sweat pants
Vasque Arrowhead insulated boots
Injinji toesocks
Smartwool PhD Heavyweight snowboard socks
Bagel bag VBL
Puma grey crew socks
Thermal insoles
MSR Evo Ascent snowshoes
MSR Evo tails
Hats, gloves & accessories
Cyxus clip-on sunglasses
Trekmates Mountain Lite mittens
Canadian buff
Louis Garneau cycling gloves
SmartWool Merino NTS 250 beanie

Shelter & Weather Protection
Sierra Designs High Route tent fly
Sierra Designs Night Glow
Sierra Designs tent stuff sack
Tyvek 7′x4.5′ tarp

Sleep System
Enlightened Equipment Revelation 10F quilt
Enlightened Equipment Hoodlum 0-20F
Enlightened Equipment quilt straps
Enlightened Equipment stuff sack
Therm-a-rest Neoair XTherm MAX pad & pump sack
MEC Air Pillow & stuff sack
Ear plugs

Cooking Gear
Plastic bag
GSI Halulite 1.1L hard-anodized aluminum pot
BRS 3000T titanium stove
Fuel Containers
Isobutane canister, 16 fl oz MSR
Daiso lighter
Snow Peak titanium spork
MYOG windscreen & pot cozy, for GSI 1.1L
Folding windscreen, for alcohol stove

Cotopaxi double walled 600mL bottle
Nalgene On The Fly 650mL bottle
Aquatabs water purification tablets, 12L

Guess prescription glasses
Garmin Fenix 3 GPS watch
Leki Micro Vario Ti COR-TEC
iPhone 7 Plus
myCharge 2200mAh battery pack + lightning cable
GoPro Hero 4 Silver
GoPro mini tripod
GoPro spare batteries
DIY trekking pole camera mount
UST 7 stormproof matches & striker
Blue carabiner
Victorinox swiss army knife
FOX 40 whistle
Ziploc bag with ID, credit card, cash, keys
Energizer Vision HD+ Focus (incl. 3 AAA)
Spare AAAs, alkaline
Fire starter, cotton & vaseline
First Aid & Repair
Athletic tape
Ibuprofen, 200mg
Acetaminophen, 325mg
Antibiotics, 0.9g bacitracin zinc
Alcohol swabs
Kinesio tape
Petroleum jelly
Vaseline lotion
Midnight melatonin
Sewing needle + thread
Nitrile gloves
Duct tape
Tenacious tape
Imodium (Loperamide HCl)
CELOX clotting powder
Long handle toothbrush
Mini toothpaste
Floss picks
Toilet paper squares
Biodegradable soap in small container
Moist wipes
Paper towel
Multipurpose Utility
Paracord, 8′
Velcro strips
Therm-a-rest Z-Seat
Coughlan’s plastic trowel

Post time: Jun-26-2017
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