The Power of Bricking It

Submitted by Lauren on Sun, 10/07/2018 - 20:54 Europe/London
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Many of my favourite experiences have started the same way. I see something - an event, a race, a course, which is 10 months away and think “that sounds like fun”. So I sign up, excited at doing something new and feeling pretty badass. Then the day arrives and I find myself standing on a jetty, or the start line, or climbing into a minibus and I think “what the f**k have I let myself in for?” My heart pounds and my palms sweat as I realise just how inexperienced and out of my depth I really am. Who am I to have thought that I could do this crazy thing?

Blitz Review - Ultralight Cooking with Alpkit Kraku/MytiMug

Submitted by Thorsten on Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:01 Europe/London
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When camping out for a night, there's nothing like a hot cup of coffee in the morning or a warm meal in the evening. Even on a single day trip, you may want to have a warm lunch or an afternoon tea. Unfortunately, a cooking kit takes up quite a lot of weight and space speaking in ultralight terms. Carrying an extra 700g or more for just a cup of tea or a single meal seems unreasonable. Luckily there is a solution for those of us who can't live without anything warm in their bellies. Here's what I use.

Bivvi Bag Basics

Submitted by Lauren on Wed, 08/01/2018 - 11:35 Europe/London
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A Bivvi (or Bivy, Bivvy, Bivi etc.) bag, is a waterproof bag that fits around your sleeping bag so that you can sleep outside without the need for a tent. It acts as both a groundsheet and cover for your bed. In the past they were mostly used by the army for fast and light travel, but they’ve become a lot more popular among civillian campers in recent years, particularly ultralight hikers and wild campers.

Polar Periods

Submitted by Lauren on Fri, 07/06/2018 - 16:54 Europe/London
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In the run up to my first experience of Arctic Expeditioning, I realised that I was due to get my period a day or 2 before I left for Norway. For me, this was a hugely stressful discovery. I’ve always suffered cramps and heavy bleeding which make me feel awful for several days each month, and I would be alone with 6 men for 5 days, in an unfamiliar environment. While Thorsten is an excellent team mate, I was also worried about this first experience of sharing a tent with him. Should I tell him?

A thousand ways to die

Submitted by Thorsten on Thu, 07/05/2018 - 13:45 Europe/London
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When I get new gear or learn a new set of skills, I am keen to try that out quickly and put my knowledge into practice. However, there is one notable exception, and that is first aid and emergencies. I sincerely hope I will never have to apply my skills in those areas for real. Unfortunately, hoping you'll never need to know about it is not an excellent approach to the topic of personal safety. For any kind of adventure, you should put in the time and effort to train for emergencies and to prepare your gear.

Kit list - first aid and emergency

Submitted by Thorsten on Sun, 07/01/2018 - 11:13 Europe/London
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A well-prepared first aid and emergency kit should be part of every single one of your trips. Seriously, never go out without one. Of course what exactly you take is not always the same, and needs to be adjusted to the nature of your adventure. If you do not have a first aid kit, yet, a good starting point is to look at ready-made kits, which are available from many brands. You should seek to get a kit tailored to your activity. If you are going hiking, get a hiking kit. Climbing? Get a climbing kit. You get the idea. Potential injuries and their respective treatments are particular to your activity, as are requirements for kit access and weight. If you can't find one, get a general outdoors kit. 

Making every gram count

Submitted by Thorsten on Thu, 05/31/2018 - 09:44 Europe/London
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Last Sunday I went hiking with a coworker. Since this was his first hike this year, we chose a relatively easy route of about 15km and a total of 1000m ascent. I knew I had done much harder hikes before, so I decided to take the big backpack, as an exercise for our summer trek in Hardangervidda. So I packed our Spitsbergen tent, which has about 5.7kg all in all, but I did not take a lot of extra stuff otherwise. And I was shocked to find that I ended up with a backpack of about 16kg. That means even without the tent this number would land me at approximately 10kg for a day trip. Impossible! That's way too much!

I believe introductions are in order

Submitted by Thorsten on Tue, 05/15/2018 - 19:25 Europe/London
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Every story has a beginning, and of course, so does my own Arctic adventure. Talking about how I got into this seems like a fitting first post on our blog. Of course, everyone getting into any kind of adventuring has different motivations and backgrounds. Lauren’s story is already entirely different from mine, and your own story will be different too. So reading about my motives will probably be one of the least helpful posts to appear here.