My friend has been looking into hiking in northern Sweden and asked if I would like to go along, as he knows that for some time now i''ve been meaning to try something adventurous like that before I move to Canada where i''ll have the opportunity to do it in my ''back garden''.
Anyway, the plan is to fly to Kiruna airport and head north to where Sweden meets Finland and Norway.
We''re not experienced climbers but some sort of mountain travel would be nice to see and try.
Basically what i''m asking for is some advice on how best to prepare myself mentally and physically for it as well as the kit I would need to buy to make sure i''m well prepared.
We don''t mind if it takes 2-3 weeks round trip but ideally to be done in 2 weeks or less because i''m assuming we''re going to have to take all of our provisions with us, such as food.
As it stands, the kit i''ve bought so far is as follows;
~ Well insulated coat recommended for arctic weather.
~ Two pairs of trousers as above.
~ Good quality base layers.
~ Good quality boots and gaiters.
~ A backpack with 45 or 65L capacity.
~ A 3 man tent.
~ 100 foot of military grade Paracord.
~ Distress whistle.
~ Extensive first aid kit.
~ GPS hand set.
~ High quality torch. ( Batteries to be explained later )
~ A flint
~ A high quality knife with 3.8 inch blade.
~ 2 foil hypothermia suits/blankets.
~ Small shovel.
~ Sleeping mat/bag.
~ Water bottle.
I may have missed a few things off of that list but I will soon remember when it''s mentioned if I have or not.
But that''s what I have so far.
Now the obvious thing that springs to my mind is how much all of that is going to weigh, bearing in mind that we may have to carry 2 weeks of food with us.
Anyway, to the important questions.
What would be the recommended weight you would suggest people would be comfortable carrying and ideally not to exceed?
What sort of batteries retain their energy in cold temperatures ranging from freezing to 20 below?
Is it better to keep batteries disconnected from each other and circuits when not in use?
Should I wrap them up in some sort of insulation?
How far do you think we should aim to travel each day? When would you advise stopping and taking a breather and a snack and a drink?
They''re the main questions that spring to my mind at the moment but hopefully after a few replies i''ll be inclined to ask a few more.
Thanks in advance,