Food & Fluids
Expedition marches with its bellies. Plus all the drinking water needs to be melted from ice and snow. Reliable and efficient stoves and pans are important. Using the stoves can be risky inside the tent so our stove box is essential for trips safety.
We make our own stove box for two stoves to be used inside our tent. This practice is not recommended by any tent or stove manufacturer but can make all the difference in the arctics. Its quite a simple system; make a fireproof box out of aluminium that can but out flames for long enough to get the whole thing out of the tent if things go wrong. We make our own box with a fireproof cloth and aluminium.
As stoves we use two MSR XGK EXs. This is the most bulletproof workhorse of an stove one can find. Simple and efficient thing. Only down side is that the noise it makes is ingredible. We take four pumps and bottles for fuel to go with the stoves. We most probably will use jet a-1 to burn but these things burn practically any thing.
Pots and pans
We have one rather unique piece in our kitchen. Our choice to melt water is this huge pan made of aluminium with around 6 litres size. Pimped with a MSR heat reflectors this thing makes melting easy. During on of our test trips we named this badboy Sergei, dont know why. Boiling water can be very dangerous so we want to minimize playing with it. There is one accident in a finnish expedition with hot water included. Sergei is easy to pour water to our thermos bottles.
We do our cooking with one three litres Primus Eta pot with MSR heat reflector on it. Very efficient pot makes cooking nice and easy.
Our lunches are made into one 1,5 litres food thermos by Primus. Other zips drink from a bottle and other eats his portion. We save weight operating like this and it makes our dining moments quick.
Getting fluids is very important in the arctic. When temps go down it is great to take hot chocolate or tee from a thermos. Both have three 1 litre bottles. We also have Nalgene hard plastic bottles that you can trough in to sleeping bag for the night. You need to have something to drink all the time.
When melting water from ice and snow it lacks salts and minerals. We mix practically all our drinks with hot chocolate, sport drinks or tee to assure that we can get enough from our drinking. Fluids are very important for recovery and we need to do it every evening and night.
One patch of test foods
Team dries all food for the trip. Half of the duo is on rather strict diet so practically all our food is gluteen and lactose free. So we cant go with freeze dried stuff. We have tested different lunches and dinners on our training trips and found a system that works for us. Daily we need to get around 5000-7000 kcal intake so you get to eat quite a lot. Lots of oils, cheeses and butter included to get lots of energy with light weight.
We base our menu to simple vegetable, cheeses and proteins. With lots of fats to add and some specialities like bacon this makes a nice dinner. Every night and day we eat the same food. Why to vary if it works. Our lunch is rather simple too, mashed potato from a bag, dried cheese and vegies plus dried meet.
During day we eat on pauses some bars and peanuts with dried fruits.