Freezing cold, icy trails, screaming barfies, and high winds -- what more could you ask for? Winter might bring some inclement conditions, but mountaineering can bring some incredible views and quiet summits that you won't find any other time of the year.
An excellent, warm glove for skiing and winter mountaineering
These gloves are my go-to for colder ski days an any kind of mountaineering. They've kept me warm up 20,000 ft volcanoes and on blustry Colorado backcountry days. Even after multiple years of use, they continue to hold up extremely well.
These might not get you up an 8,000m peak, but they'll get you most other places.
These popular, versatile mountaineering boots are perfect for snow-covered ascents. They're actually quite comfortable as well, your feet will feel great and be dry and warm at the end of a long day of snow climbing and glacial travel. If winter/spring mountaineering on Colorado 14ers, PNW/Mexican/Ecuadorian volcanoes, or the Alps is on your to-do list, maybe give these a try.
A packable pair of insulated pants, they also have waterproof reinforcements at the knees, seat, and cuffs.
A packable pair of insulated pants, these also have waterproof reinforcements at the knees, seat, and cuffs. Ideal for more technical winter adventures or taking Zoom calls in the backyard.
A classic ice axe good for a range of wide range of mountaineering
This is a lightweight, do-it-all ultra-versatile ice axe. It feels good in your hand, doesn't weigh down the pack and is super dependable. I've used it on glacier crossings, 'easy' winter hikes, and while mountaineering over 20,000 ft. Just an excellent piece of equipment.
A much less expensive alternative to traditional glacier glasses
I've had a pair of these for a long time, and while I own a pair of more 'heavy duty' glacier glasses, I don't want to look like I'm climbing Everest all the time. The Treelines offer a nice blend of that side-angle sun protection without looking like you're Reinhold Messner. They're great for spring ski touring, winter hiking, and the sides pop off if you want to change it up a bit to wear around town.
Talk to anyone, from anywhere. The ultimate "Mom I'm OK" tool.
If you spend a lot of time in the backcountry, one of these is probably a worthwhile investment. Easily send messages, emails, or an SOS in the case of an emergency.