Hiking Travel HIT/Pekka Tyllilä and Petri Mäkelä have developed a new sledge model designed for arctic expeditions with superior qualities compared to competing products.
The HIT Ultima Thule sledge is fabricated from carbon fiber, glass fiber and Hyptonite® nanoepoxide. The combination of materials makes the sledge both lighter and more durable. Perhaps the most notable new feature is the undercoating made from the same material as in skis. Tests showed an average of 25% improvement in gliding properties compared to regular sledges.
The covers are sealed with velcro and four straps are used for fastening them tightly to the sledges.
The sledges weigh at the beginning of the expedition around 175 kg which thanks to the new improved sledge design corresponds to about 130 kg of weight if pulled in a regular sledge.
More information about the sledge development
Weight: 9 kg
Capacity: approx. 700 l
Overall dimensions: 200 cm x 61 cm
Rottefella Riva 3 bindings
The most important aspect of the bindings is that they are as simple as possible and easy to use. The basic Riva3 has a front plate and adjustable cable. The binding has very few parts and therefore less possibility of breakage.
In addition we are using a 20 mm adjusting piece to lift the binding from the ski to get more clearance from the snow and make carving easier especially with kites.
Weight: 1180 g including the adjusting piece.
Ozone Access XC 8 kites and harnesses
During the planning phase it felt almost impossible to choose the model and size of the kites. We started practicing in winter time 2006 with kite instructor Tapio Hinkkanen (http://www.snowkite.fi/) using Ozone kites and quite naturally we chose our kites for the expedition from the Ozone models.
Since our expedition is not using kites as primary means of transportation, compromises had to be made as far the size and model of the kites are concerned. Nowadays you can see expeditions in Greenland and Antarctic using only kites. In those cases the expedition can have even five different size kites and several ropes of different lengths.
We chose the 8 m˛ Ozone Access kites based on the average winds we anticipate and on our experiences with kites.
We also had to make some Finnish pioneer work to combine the kiting harnesses with sledge pulling harnesses topped with a small backpack. For these we used Ozone Access harnesses with foot straps and Millet Vector 28 backpacks. After several phases we managed to combine all and saddle smith Satu Ritari finished the job with leather and heavy stitching.
Sasta Everest Gore-Tex shell layer jacket and Sasta Storm Gore-Tex pants
Reissu Petet started their trekking with Sasta clothing already 20 years a go. Shifting from cotton anoraks to Gore-Tex layered clothing happened in the late 90's and co-operation with Sasta Oy started more officially in 2002.
During long arctic expeditions it is vital that the equipment and the manufacturer of that equipment can be trusted totally. Extreme conditions mean every tiny detail counts. In hard conditions trusting the clothing gives a more secure feeling and helps in the success of the trek.
The Sasta Everest Gore-Tex jacket has three layers. The properties of the jacket includes long venting zippers, excellent hood, stretch fabric in side panels, pockets high enough and wind blocker on the waist.
The Storm pants have three layers, long side zippers, snow locks and adjustable suspenders.