By Jörgen Johansson
- Two tents
- Two stoves/cooking gear
- Two rulks
- Two sets of firestarting, medical, repair etc
We both used top mounted canister stoves that are not considered winter stoves but work fine down to at least -20 C. Bringing two stoves, each weighing less than 100 grams, could be considered a safety measure.
We could have put all our gear in one big Paris pulk, instead of having two sawn off into Rulks, and taken turns pulling it. But that would have completely ruined the whole rulk concept. It would have been impossible to carry this big pulk on our backs.
As for our true emergency gear (repair, medical, firestarters etc) it only weighs about 100 gram for each of us. So in total there was little to be gained from combining that stuff. It can even be argued that there is safety in both of us having all the gear we needed, should we for some reason, like whiteout, become separated. That can in fact happen, and it almost happened to me years ago, that I lost sight of my team mate in hard wind and swirling snow.
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