Border Patrol

Down south in Denmark there is a trail known as the Gendarmstien which is a trail that was used by the Danish police to watch out for unexpected visitors from the south. It seemed appropriate to visit this area in the southernmost point in Denmark between Christmas and New Year as hopefully it would be a warm and sunny tour. Alas, with recent snowfalls and below freezing temperatures, the sunscreen will be staying at home and all possible warm clothing is being packed.

So for the past few days I have been trying to decide the gear to use given expected temperature ranges of -10 C to -5 C.

My almost final list is as follows.

Rucksack
Aarn Featherlite Freedom

Shelter
Golite SL 1 with inner net (warmth and condensation protection) I have been interested in looking more closely at this shelter and was able to borrow one from Backpackinglight Denmark for this trip.
4 Snow Pegs
4 Clamcleats
2 Easton 8” stakes

Sleeping

Exped Downmat 7 Short
Therma Rest Ridge Rest
Nunatak Arc Alpinist Epic cover
Katabatic Bivy

Cooking

Primus Express Spider
BPL 1300 + lid
Lightmyfire
Folda Spoon
Kupilka
Nalgene 1.5l

Clothing Carried

BPL Vapr Thrm Mitts
Possum Fur Fingerless Gloves
Possum Fur Socks (Sleeping)
Balaclava
BPL Cocoon Pants
Rab Xenon (maybe warn if needed)
Wester Mountaineering Flash Hoody (around camp and sleeping)

Clothing Worn
Ibex Hoody
Macpac fleece
Paramo Vista
Paramo Adventure Light Pants
Merino Buff
Icebreaker Merino Legless
Darntough Socks
RBH Vapr Thrm Liner Socks
Blue OR GTX cap
Ibex Liner Gloves
Inov 8 390
REI Komperdell Trekking Poles

Other items include
Mobile phone, PrincetonTec Head Torch with Battery, Kahtoola Micro SPikes, First Aid and repair, GPS
Washkit, Pentax W60 with case.

A report will follow.

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4 Responses to Border Patrol

  1. Great Roger!I look forward to the report!

  2. Maz says:

    I'm in DK at the moment and took my little man out for our first hike in some forests about 30km north of Copenhagen. It was -7C but fantastic. There's a hell of a lot of snow in DK at present and I look forward to your report. Merry Christmas Roger!

  3. The Odyssee says:

    Roger, Merry Christmas.How do you find the Primus works at -10?Have a good trip. Looking forward to reading your post.

  4. Rio, I am working on the report now. Maz I agree completely there is a lot of snow, some drifts I encountered were about a metre deep. Lots of post holing : (The Odyssee, the stove worked fine, one night/morning the temps were down to -15 C .

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