Backpacking in extremely cold weather requires a lot more planning and gear. A backpacker should always travel light. With that said, it’s important to pack the appropriate layers for warmer to sub-freezing temperatures plus food and other gear. Cold weather backpacking gear can be expensive, so I suggest shopping in advance during holiday sales to stock up on the essential backpacking gear. Warm, lightweight and packable is essential for cold weather backpacking gear. Also remember that there is “no turning back,” meaning that once the sun goes down one is forced to survive with the gear from the backpack! #backpacking