Should we have two sledges or a sledge and a Nordic sledge? What foods and how much should we bring for ourselves? How many clothes and what clothes should we bring? What tools should we bring if we need to fix something? How many dog socks, do we need? What type of kitchen can be used? How much fuel do we need? What must be included in first aid for dogs / us? Which GPS should we buy? Where do we start, in Salen, Idre or Mörkret?
Questions for the journey feels endless and departure date is approaching faster than is desirable. Will we have time to get everything in order?
The trip, which we have dreamed about since 2004 when we bought our first Samoyed, Sarek and Nallo, is scheduled to go as far as we can in about 60 days, in the direction of Treriksröset. The staring point is yet not decided.
The only thing we're done with is our time off - it lasts between 26 / 2 and 2 / 5, and the plan is to spend March and April in the mountains with our Samoyeds and maybe, just maybe we can do the "White Ribbon" between Idre and Treriksröset.
Today I looked around online and read about what you should think about the current food. Dried food is obviously preferable, but freeze-dried is expensive so I will try to dry some myself. We are vegetarians so dried soy protein will be our main source of protein. Our reserve food will be bags of freeze-dried dishes. Canine cuisine will be a big part of our packaging and we must also fill in with new food after about 10 days. This, we hope to solve with the help of “Foderbilen” which delivers dog food to the desired location by reservation.
The weight of the gasket is what determines how we should travel. We anticipate that each dog can take an average of 20kg, it means a total weight of 300kg. Of these, 300kg, about 60kg will be dog food. Two sleds or one sled and one Nordic sled weighing 40-50kg, so we can put about 190-200kg in our cargo. If we both should go by sled increases the load of our body weight, with approximately 170kg and then we can only take about 30kg more. The conclusion is that one of us must go skiing and have a Nordic sled. Since the sled will weigh about 150kg, our assessment is that it is heavy to handle and that it is therefore appropriate that Håkan goes with the sled and I go by ski - so now is the time to start training sleeping muscles.