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.
 
Enjoy!
 
(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
 
Tech
 
· 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.
 
Spares.
 
· Extra skipole, extra baskets, extra binding
 
· Extra tentpoles
 
· Stove spares
 
· Extra binding
 
Medicine
 
· Imodium
 
· Bandaids
 
· Evas medicine
 
· Pain killers
 
· Antibiotics
 
· Suncreme
 
· Lipsalve
 
· Tigerbalsam
 
· Bandage
 
· Compresses

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