|Purple Pugsly w/ full Nome kit in 08', I have learned and changed things a bit since then...|
|Emergency moment - after waking moving down trail and freezing cold we needed to stop for hot liquids and food...|
|We stopped carrying mattresses last year...a bit bulky...|
Clothing is another big area where people will over carry as well as another area to save on bulk and weight. This can become a big discussion in itself but here a few things to think about. Carrying an extra sock system for when you get trench foot or step in overflow. I have in the past but no longer carry an extra base layer. Something that might help with your decisions is asking the question are you going to do whatever it takes to get from shelter to shelter without stopping to dry out or do you plan on bivying in the bush? Sometimes you don't have the choice, but are you willing and do you have the know how to survive a couple of nights without the extra layers. Let's get back to clothing in another post.
|Overflow comes in all shapes and deepths, sometimes it will surprise you under snow and ice...|
|Looking a little desperate...we are...|
You better have matches in your kit. I suggest you store them on your body and become a pro fire builder and don't be afraid to do so. This is not just for emergency reasons, when you become comfortable and efficient with building fires you will make more and it becomes more of just another typical thing to do to dry out, get warm, and melt snow.
Where does all this kit go? Packing gear is another discipline to become effiecient in. Being super organized and knowing where every little piece of gear is all the time will help tremendously. Try different things. Keep the frequent used things close by. Keep the things that should not freeze on your body. FYI - Chemical warmers work better and faster when they are not frozen.
|Drying out, repacking, reorganizing becomes a regular thing.|
|A well thought out tested kit will make for a happy confident racer!|
document of what I use and carry, cause again, figure out what works for you! The best way to aquire your kit is by testing, fiddling, modifying, trying other things, thinking outside the box, packing, re-packing, going camping, learning from others and doing some more testing. This is a lot of fun and when you get your kit perfect you start to feel like nothing can get in your way and that much more comfortable on the trail.