Explorer Mikael Strandberg

Equipment List for Arctic Expeditions

What equipment do you bring?
This is the most common question I get. And it is also the first thing I look up if I am reading a book by some explorer, adventurer. What equipment did they bring on the Expedition?
It is also something I have spent a considerable time doing in my life! Making kit lists.
Since Polar Expeditions is on my mind now. And the girls and I are soon heading up the mountains for thier first Arctic “Expedition” I have made this kit list. It can be used going to any of the Poles (with some personal additions) or just going up the mountains for a few winter days.
(And, if there´s any vital piece of equipment you are missing, please tell me)
Equipment list.
· Tent
· Stove.
· Fuel canisters.
· Cooking equipment.
· Thermos.
· Knife.
· Windsack.
· Sled/harness/traces.
· 4 ice screws per tent.
· 50 meter rope.
· Extra carbines
· Some of the medical kit.
· Food, snacks
· Light ice axe
· Climbing harness (prosik rope)
Personal kit.
· Ski boots. Liner.
· Skis. Bindings.
· Skins.
· Ski poles.
· Two long sleeve shirts (thermal underwear) Wool.
· Long Johns (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
· Light wool sweater or fleece (2nd layer).
· Warm Jacket – Wool or fleece (3rd layer).
· Trousers (2nd layer) – Strong and light material that dries quickly. Wind resistant and water repelling or fleece trousers to wear under shell layer.
· Shell Jacket or an Anorak with hood – Waterproof and breathable material. Gore-Tex or alternative.
· Shell Trousers – Waterproof and breathable material.
· Liner Gloves – Wool or synthetic (polypropylene / polyester).
· Mittens – Wool or synthetic (two pairs if no liner gloves).
· Over Mittens of waterproof material (Gore-Tex or alternative).
· Socks – Wool or synthetic. Three pairs. I always have one pair of neoprene socks, which I use when some moisture in the air. Like Sealskinz.
· Hat and a Balaclava – Wool or synthetic.
· Neophrene mask or similar to wear in extreme cold
· A Buff or Hat – head wear.
· Gaiters – Calf or knee high and wide enough for the boots. If not going for the full covered boot like the Alfa type.
· Wind proof underwear
Other gear:
· Sleeping Bag
· Insulation mattress, Ridge Rest, polar style and an air mattress. Thermarest.
· Parka – Down or synthetic jacket/anorak.
· Backpack.
· Sunglasses.
· Ski Goggles.
· Seat insulation
· Water bottle
Additional stuff:
· Sun Protection. Lip balm (healing)
· Personal medical kit. Pain killers, personal stuff…
· Toothbrush, earplugs and other personal belongings …
· A light weight ice axe.
· A pair of crampons.
· Three locking carabiners and a climbing harness.
· Snowspade.
· Avalanche probe
· Thermos.
· Toilet paper
· Compass
· Map
· Mapcase
· Steel thread, iron spike
· Tent brush
· Leatherman Tool
· Knife
· Skicover
· Watch, one manual and one tech/sport
· Gorilla tape
· Extra skihorn
· Toilet paper
· Toiletries
· Sewing kit, thread
· Wind measurement tool
· Bialetti
· 1 battery pack AA
· Solar panel
· USB charger unit
· 3 power banks
· Epirb
· Tracker/GPS
· Sat phone Iridium Go
· Batteries AAA and AA
· Cables
· Iphone
· Camera equipment – Incl. spare batteries, memory card and/or films.
· Extra skipole, extra baskets, extra binding
· Extra tentpoles
· Stove spares
· Extra binding
· Imodium
· Bandaids
· Evas medicine
· Pain killers
· Antibiotics
· Suncreme
· Lipsalve
· Tigerbalsam
· Bandage
· Compresses

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