05 August 2016

How to pack for Kebnekaise

Fjällräven Akka Dome, Trangia and Primus, Salomon shoes

This post is all about packing and gear. I hope it helps people, who are planning to summit Kebnekaise or any similar mountain in summertime. This is our complete packing-list for two persons and for two or three days in the mountains.

- tent (Fjällräven Akka Dome 2)
- two foamed plastic mattresess
- two down sleepingbags (Marmot Saw Tooth and Marmot Angel Fire)

- cooker (Trangia with one full gas bottle and only one kettle)
- 2 plastic cups and 2 plastic spoons
-  4 portions of breakfast (Mountain House Bacon and Eggs, Eloveena Porrige)
-  4 portions of lunch (Homemade sandwiches, Lämmin kuppi -soups)
-  4 portions of dinners (Mountain House, Real Field Meal)
- 12 portions of snacks (dried fruit, nuts, seeds, raisins, chocolate)
- instant coffee,some teabags, sugar, salt, pepper
- empty plastic lemonade bottles for water 2 x 1.5 l and 4 x 0,5 l

-  t-shirt, sweatpants, hiking socks
- light trekking shoes (Salomon)
- a hat and sunglasses

- merino wool underwear with long sleeves and legs (North Outdoor)
- jacket (Fjällräven Eco-Shell)
- light windproof trousers
- a light long sleeved hoodie
- Puff and gloves
- a light travel -towel
- one set of clean underwear, socks and t-shirt

- Maps and timetables (In paper and in phones)
- Phones (Samsung Galaxy S5 with lifeproof covers)
- Power Station for loading phones (Absolutelu great!)
- First Aid Kit
- Repair Kit
- Hygienic Kit
- Mini-size sun lotion and mosquito repellent
- Toilet paper

- two pairs of hiking poles

- meals when driving the car to and from Nikkaluokta
- one or two meals from the mountain station when trekking

We carried all the things on the list from the Mountain Station to Kitteldalen. We both took our own clothes, sleeping bags and sleeping mattresses. I carried the food, first aid kit, hygienic kit and some of the water. My backpack in the beginning was 11,5 kg. My husband carried the tent, the cooker, the snacks, the repair kit and most of the drinking water. His backpack weight was 19 kg.

You may wonder why we carried water, but we decided to drink only from the brooks that came straight from the glaciers. I think it is not safe to drink water on the hillsides of Vierranvarri  and Kebnekaise, because so many people walk there every day, leaving their waiste on these hills. In Kitteldalen there is plenty of clean water coming straight from Björlings- glacier. Going to the top that is the last place to fill the bottles. On a hot day you need to take at least 1,5 liters of water per person to the summit. We prefer normal lemonade bottles to real drinking bottles, because you can roll then really small when they are empty and they never leak in the bag.

To summit we only took jackets, merino wool underwear, hats, gloves, water and snacks. On a hot summer day it may seem silly to carry warm clothes in your bag, but I would never go to a mountain without them. This time we did not get any of the  heavy winds or a thunderstorms the forecast promised, but what if we did? You start to get cold really quickly, if you are only wearing a t-shirt and shorts. It takes many hours to get down from the mountain, and there is always the possibility that the weather gets so bad or so misty you can not move. A wind sack is good for that.

I am ashamed to say we forgot one really important item at the tent: The first aid kit. It is a fact that many people hurt their knees or ankles trying to climb these stony paths. Not to even mention how often one needs a bandage for blisters, when you walk for eight ours! Luckily we didn't need any of these that day, but next time I won't take my chances. Fist aid is not only good for you, but also often to help someone else on the way.

After the summit I had planned we would buy one or two meals ready. Yes, in the Kings Trail that is possible in some places. The day we walked back to Nikkaluokta, we had a hotel-like breakfast in Mountain Station and a super tasty lunch in a new burger place, which you can find by the boat station in the east end of Laddju lake. It is an experience worth taking to have a look at their modern sami style interior and to enjoy their famous reindeer burger, before walking the last five or six kilometers to Nikkaluokta.


packing snacks

Snacks packed

Making sandwiches
Sandwiches packed

Power Station

My clothes, sleeping bag and mattress
Hygienic and first aid kits

Boat timetable

Helicopter timetable

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