Gear Highlight #1 – Base Layers and Underwear

Submitted by Thorsten on 8th November 2018

Today we are starting a weekly series to present the kit we are going to use on our Hardangervidda crossing at the end of January. Each week’s post will deal with one (more or less) well-defined category of gear. We will explain why we are bringing it, and why we are choosing that particular brand, if there is a specific reason. This weeks post will deal with base layers and socks.

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Training like the Pros

Submitted by Thorsten on 21st October 2018

Tyre pulling is today firmly established as the way to train all year for polar expeditions where you are pulling a pulk. Three months before our Hardangervidda crossing, I have started training with tyres myself. I may be a bit late, to be honest, but this will still be valuable exercise for me. There are many blog posts out there on the basics of tyre pulling. The best I know is The fine art of pulling rubber tyres by Børge Ousland. You may as well learn the basics from the best instead of from me, so I am going to focus on the things I learned on top of that article.

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Blitz Review – Expedition Foods

Submitted by Thorsten on 21st October 2018

Expedition Foods are based in the UK and are providing a wide-range of freeze-dried meals. They were kind enough to provide us with free samples, and I finally got around actually eating it. Huge thanks to Mary from Expedition Foods, who got us the samples, and sorry it took us so long to give feedback!

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Bivvi Bag Basics

Submitted by Lauren on 1st August 2018

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.

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Making every gram count

Submitted by Thorsten on 31st May 2018

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!

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