Northern Winter Hike Logistics
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
So far, my goals for 2014 are going well! Not perfect obviously, but this year I'm not going for perfect anyway.
I've run 4 miles so far, mostly just 1 mile at a time. I know when I start building next week they will begin to add up much faster. Haven't wanted to push it too much considering the work trip I have tomorrow and Friday.
I am headed up north (fingers crossed it is warmer than -50!!) to check out some environmentally sensitive sites and record them before a project begins. That means that it is not cleared yet (the forest) and I will have to walk the entire length of the transmission line (27km) through straight bush and snow to look for things like bear dens and eagle nests, so the clearers can avoid them. I am very excited, its going to be super fun! And maybe a bit tiring! The only thing that worries me a bit is:
1. carrying water. In the winter I never want to carry it/drink it but get dehydrated fast.
2. staying warm. Spending 12 hours a day in -50 is tough. I did it once at the end of December this year and it went well, but I do worry a tad about my feet and hands! Although I was on a snowmobile and this time with walking I hope I will be much warmer.
3. Snacks. Never ever ever ever removing a mitt is the name of the game. That means no trail mix, or anything clumsy. Not worried about calories as I will be burning so many it won't matter too much, just don't want to be hungry.
Right now the plan is:
sandwiches, pepperoni sticks, beef jerky, cheese sticks. Any other ideas?
4. Writing notes. I've already packed pencils and a Rite in the Rain book as it is too cold for pens and too wet for normal paper. Just mostly hoping my hands will work legibly in my massive mitts.
After our first day out (hopefully covering at least 14km) we will retire to a settlers tent (which has a fire capabilities) so it will be warm, I am not too worried about that.
So all in all, the next 2 days should be pretty fun and potentially chilly, but I am excited for the chance to explore the area a bit more in depth.