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The polar adventurer requires a lot of equipment in order to be self-sustaining on the ice.The key to success is becoming familiar with your equipment and only carrying what you need to reach your goal.

Start by writing an equipment list and then consider each item under three key headings. 'Must have' - these are items which are life support essential i.e. tent, sledge, cooker. Then consider 'not essential, but useful' - this is where you analyse what would happen if a 'must have' item was damaged i.e. cooker. Do you need a spare cooker, or maybe just some spare parts. The consider the 'nice to have' items - these will make your journey a little more comfortable and it is important to take some of these. It's a case of finding the right balance.

Having trimmed down your list then look at the weight of it all. You may find that you have to go back and look at how you can reduce weight further. Look at everything and trim away an excess that is not going to contribute to you reaching your goal. This maybe removing tags from clothing, removing straps from rucksacks that have no use and even reducing the stem of a toothbrush. Be ruthless but not reduce an items functional use.

Obtain your equipment as soon as possible and become familiar with using it. I train in Dartmoor in the winter, and although the temperatures are not as extreme as Antarctic and the Arctic I will wear my big mitts and goggles and practice putting up my tent and putting on my skis, when fitness training and pulling a tyre I use the harness system I will be using and I even spend time in a cold chamber to see how batteries and other items perform!




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