Pickle Springs: Snow & Ice 1/21/2019

Cabin fever was setting in. I went on a mission to cure that via a snowy trek and some hopes for great photographic opportunities. A quick drive down to Pickle Springs near Sainte Genevieve is where I ended up. Arriving to a great dusting of snow and some absolutely incredible ice formations on the cliffs and bluffs was just the thing. And it got me thinking about how I wished more Missourians appreciated this part of the year that is still as art-filled as the other seasons.

The weather was hovering right around 20ºF with the occasional breeze—perfect for a non-sweaty trek. The trail was covered in ice and snow which, for the first time since living in Missouri, made me put on my MicroSpikes. It was the perfect setting that transported my mind into the Northwoods. Snowy glades, towering pines and winter skies. I gotta say, Missouri’s Ozarks are absolutely stunning in the winter.

Long story short, I was in heaven. The landscape transformed into my favorite subject and was capped off with a gorgeous color show of a sunset that lasted about an hour. Trekking out under the light of my headlamp my exhales obscured the trail I was thinking, finally, some dramatic photographic opportunities.

When I got back to my truck a friend had texted me and asked me if I could sit down with him to go over exactly what I wear in outings such as this. I have compiled a gear list specifically from this trek that I hope helps. I hope it helps people who find such disgust in winter realize the beauty of this constantly changing season and what you can do to enjoy it comfortably.

Gear List:

  • Särmä merino wool watch cap
  • Alaskan Hardgear Puffin jacket
  • Hot Chilly base layer pants
  • Borealis Wool Co base layer shirt
  • Helly Hansen Polartec fleece
  • Blackstrap neck gaiter
  • Fjällräven Vidda Pro pants
  • The North Face Hooded Apex jacket
  • Smartwool Mountaineering socks
  • Salomon Quest 4D3
  • Kahtoola MicroSpikes
  • Outdoor Research PL150 gloves
  • Hestra C-Zone 3-finger gloves
  • Mystery Ranch Scree 32L pack
  • Morakniv
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Tenba BYOB camera cubes
  • Manfrotto tripod
  • Fujifilm XT2 and XT1
  • XF35mm f2, XF50mm f2, XF10-24mm f4 lenses
  • Camera batteries
  • Black Diamond Storm headlamp
  • Compass
  • Flannel (stored as extra layer)
  • Beef jerky
  • Bobo’s Bar

Come see any one of us at the Alpine Shop in Kirkwood, MO so you can get out and enjoy!

—Jake

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