Total days en route

32


Distance covered:

580 km

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Gearlist

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Before you get too excited about your camping or hunting activities, it would be best if you would make a checklist of all the things that you will surely need as you enjoy and go on your adventure. Among the must-have stuff are camping bags, clothes that can keep you warm, 4 person tent, skis, utensils, and of course, batteries. All these are essential during your entire camping trip as they all play a crucial role not only for your activities, but more importantly, in your survival just in case something unexpected happens.

Spoon as a tool

It's a multi functional tool for repairing your MSR stove and it also can use as a spoon.
It's made of Titan, very light and strong. I use it many times in the Alps, repairing the stove or other things. Only the price is a little bit high, but it's worth.

Spoon as a  tool

Gun

Off course we don’t want to shoot a polar bear, but everybody advises us to take it with us for safety. It is one of the items we hope to buy in Greenland. There are too many rules that prevent us from taking it with us from Holland. In Spitsbergen Audun taught me how to shoot and handle the gun in cold conditions. Some things you just don’t learn in Holland. Small things like taping the end of the barrel to prevent snow and ice to get in. When you have to, you just shoot through it. I hope we will find the right gun in Greenland.

Gun

First Layers

All our first layers in Greenland will be icebreaker. 5 years ago I got my first Icebreaker shirt. I was skeptic, because all my other wool sweaters itched. I took the shirt with me on a 3 weeks trekking in Norway and I loved it. I wore it every day. After that, icebreaker go’s with me on all my trekkings. Especially, because it doesn’t stink after a few weeks and it keeps me dry when it’s wet. I wore the same bodyfit 200 in Norway at -20 as I did in Ecrins at +25.  It’s comfortable at any temperature. In Greenland it will keep us warm even when we perspire considerably.

First Layers

Untraced facemask

This peace of equipment is unique. I’ ve never found anything like it anywhere else. I tested the facemask last year in Spitsbergen. It was -30 and i drove up to 90 km/h on a snowscooter. That means -68 C windchill (Siple USA method).  With the mask I had no problem breathing and kept my face from freezing.  That’s why we will take it with us to Greenland.

Untraced facemask

Tent

Picking out the tent was a difficult job for us. We are with six. Not many tents are big enough for six. This would means two tents on Greenland. We did not like that idea, because this would split the group in two. We spend a lot of time in the tent, during cooking and sleeping. Maybe even several days when there is a storm. We think this is most sociable with the howl group in one tent. But what if the tent breaks in a storm? This would be a problem with one tent. After more than a year looking around and comparing tents we found what we wanted.  The Hilleberg Stalon combi 4 with extention. Two tents that can be attached to eachother. Most of the time we will use it as one very big tent, but in case of problems we can always put up two separate tents. Or in case of real emergencie we can always sleap in a real cosy way with 6 people in one tent.

Tent

Ski' s

Most of the time we are awake we will be standing on our Fischer skiís. Without them we couldnít go far. I remember a break in North Sweden. We wanted to step off our skiís to get something out of the sledges, and to move around a bit easier. Up to our waist in the snow was the result. On skiís we will glide over the icecap. We will not walk a lot, so our body will adapt itself to handle and glide on our skis smoothly. Besides letting our bodys move the skiís forward, we will spend a lot of time looking at them. In which direction does the ski glide to and how does it glide over the ice. At night, when we are relaxing in our sleeping bag, we will regularly experience the movements over. The ice sheet is not a well prepared skitrack at all. With its extreme reliefs and knife sharp rock-hard ice it will destroy most materials. Our skis will have a lot to cope with. Thatís why we all take a complete new pair of skis with us, plus several bindings. We probable will have to get used to normal walking again when we arrive at the other side of Greenland. I think I wonít throw them away easy when they are worn out.

Ski' s

Batteries

We will use two sorts of energy. First of all batteries. We do not want to use rechargeable batteries. This is because the process of recharging all our batteries will take too long with solar power. Recharging batteries at -20 degrees take considerably longer than at home. So for all equipment which uses AA or AAA batteries, we rely on Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries. Those batteries are 33% lighter than alkaline batteries and they will last up to 7 times longer. The good thing is also that Litium batteries work very good at cold temperatures. Untill -40 degrees C. So photo cameras, video cameras, mp3-players, torches, GPS navigation, wind speed meters will all use Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries. We will take about 2 kg of Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries. This is lighter than taking rechargeables, a charger and two extra solar power panels.

Batteries

Solarpanel

For the satellite phone, BGAN satellite broadband internet, Toughbook laptop and webcam we will make use of their own accu. The internal accu will be recharged by solar power. This process of recharging will be done during the day. A solar power panel is mounted on the sledge. At the end of the day all communication equipment will be ready to use again. In the tent we can then listen to some music and update our weblog or post a videocast on the net. It feels just like home.

Solar pannel

Sledge

Fjellpulken is well known for their sledges. The simple and strong design has been used by many expeditions. They come at a good price as compared to some other brands. A few years ago a well-known Dutch climber and arctic explorer used some custom made sledges with the best and lightest materials available. Within a week or so they started to fall apart due to the heavy loads on the rough terrain. He asked for sending the old ĎGreenland sledgesí to the South Pole and with these Fjellpulkens he managed to finish his trip. We used ours already for 250km in Sweden with no problems at all. We're confident that it will be the same on Greenland.

Sledge