This is our gear list for the Scandinavian stage of our multi-year world expedition. We are following the E1 European long distance path for this section. The first half goes through the remote alpine Scandinavian mountain range dividing Sweden and Norway.
Gear is highly individual and on long-distance hikes, the choices are even more crucial since you will depend on it for such a long time. Different terrain and seasons also dictate what we pack of course. The northern part of Scandinavia is mostly alpine and our choices reflect this. Most notably we choose to walk in boots. While for more urban stretches, later on, we will switch to trail runners since they are a bit lighter and more flexible in less technical terrain. We chose Lundhags leather shell boots for a number of reasons. We love the benefits of a waterproof boot without a sensitive membrane to wear out or a padded lining that takes a long time to dry. Another benefit is that you can actually re-sole and mend these boots for a number of seasons and for years of service.
We love sustainable gear that you care for and mend instead of just throw away. You create a relationship to the gear and the maker that is not only good for the budget, but also for the environment. Another reason we love to support brands with a clear vision for sustainability and the environment.
We are also huge merino wool fans! It is a phenomenal natural material that not only keeps you cool in summer but also warm when it is cold, even when wet, so it is very comfortable in all seasons. An added bonus is that it will not smell as bad as synthetic materials either when you sweat or live in it for extended periods. We choose merino for all our thermal base layers, some mid-layers, t-shirts, and socks.
Most importantly to note is that we will just use the gear we already have when we start this expedition. Most of it has already seen many, many miles of trail and the plan is to simply wear it out and replace it as we go. A few pieces of gear that will serve their last mission on this stage is Karma’s reinforcement clothes, for example. Veterans from the Kungsleden thru-hike in 2016, and shelved for a few years, it will be used and retired after this season in favor for some newer lighter gear from Norrøna and Rab.
We are not ultra-light hikers. We carry a *base weight of around 9 kg each for this mission. We like to strike a good balance between safety and weight, and we choose gear that we trust and feel that we can depend on for a long time.
*Base weight =weight of the backpack not including food, water, fuel and what we are wearing.