I'm going on an overnight touring trip up trailridge road (RMNP) for a snow hydrology class this semester. I have most the touring essentials (at set up, avy gear, tech outerwear) but I'm not sure what I'll need sleeping/backpack-wise. Unfortunately I have to miss the pre-trip dinner where we will discuss gear essentials, but fortunately I have a wealth of bc knowledge right here in this community!
I am assuming that shelter (tents) will be provided by the school. I currently have:
-old REI 55 liter backpack
-exped inflatable sleeping pad (packs down very well)
-synthetic 15° bag (does not pack down well)
I'm thinking i should go get a touring specific overnight backpack and a 0° or warmer down bag, at the very least. What else would you guys consider alpine winter camping essentials and what would you recommend for backpacks and sleeping bags?