To the competition Yukon Arctic Ultra, 300 miles, I was prepared for it to be cold and assumed that it would be around twenty minutes as it was the days before the competition started.
The warmest was the start line with thirty seven blue and afterwards we had three out of six with fifty degrees of minus - in a tent !
Six days in a tent with -43 to -54 degrees I had never thought I should experience.
In the competition we use the pulk to carry all equipment. My powder weighed about 24 kilos. In addition to the pulk we had the opportunity to get a drop bag at the control station in the competition. These were dredges that could contain equipment, fuel, spare shoes, extra clothes and food.
I packed quite similarly to extra clothes in the pulk and dropbag. The contradiction mirrored how the weather was at the forefront, but I had also taken into account the forecast as suggested down to minus thirty degrees.
Quick legs in netting
Because without boxing shorts, I chose Polycolon netting underwear that stays dry and provides a very good balance of temperature at high activity.
- Boxer shorts in Merinoull
- Merinoull: It's great to wear and stay dry along the way.
- Longs with gylf
- Posts on knees: Knees are most prone to chilling
Dry and warm upper body
- Sweater with short arm and round neck
- Round neck: Then I can adjust body heat more easily with buff in my throat.
- Super Thermo Sweater with long arm
- Shoulder inserts: release rubbing of shoulder straps.
- Arctic combatshirt
- Equivalent to a "Super Thermo" with an extra layer of merino wool on the arm. Using spells, your arms will easily get a little cold
In both the pulk and the drip bag I had packed two extra shifts with similar underwear as described above.
In the competition
As it was extra cold in this competition, I dressed up three teams long sleeved sweater and two teams with nettinglongs . This layer of team strategy with synthetic netting is amazing. It's thin layer that keeps you moving. The combination with multiple netting layers is airy and body temperature is easy. With a third layer of netting on the upper body with Arctic combatshirt I stayed hot seven days with temperatures between -43 and -54.
I did not change anything but boxer shorts during the six days the race went on. Reserve and extra clothes were donated to competitors who were in need and had poor clothing.