The Denali Girls recently had another overnight training. We learned some stuff! And here I will impart all that valuable knowledge to you, dear reader.
I need a bigger pack! Thank goodness for Paul who saved the day by showing up with beer, ice cream and a 95L pack for me to borrow. This trip prompted me to email Cilo Gear to get and estimate of when my new, big pack will arrive. The guys at Cilo Gear assure me they are working as fast as they can.
Building the wind walls for the tent took a long, long time, but I think next time we will be faster. One thing we learned is that we can dig with the shovels in a little way, and then start using the base to saw out blocks for the wind walls. This will be much faster, I think.
Our tents need a bigger footprint than we anticipated. The Hilleberg tent, in particular, has a bigger footprint than we thought.
It took us about 2.5 hours to melt water in the morning. This melts water for breakfast food and drinks plus about 2.5 liters per person for the day. We have capacity for more, but it all freezes so we’ll need to melt water in the morning and then again in the evening, melt another 1.5 liter per person plus water for dinner and evening drinks. The goal is to drink at least 4 liters of water per person per day.
We used about 30oz of fuel. That’s 7.5 oz of fuel per person per day. But two of our members cooked pasta. We’re thinking about doing dehydrated and freeze dried meals, mostly because things don’t cook well at high altitudes. This will save some fuel
Contact lenses have to be kept in the sleeping bag or they freeze. Actually it seems like almost everything has to be put in the sleeping bag at night (water, toothpaste, electronics, boot liners… what doesn’t go in the sleeping bag?)
It was a beautiful weekend and we were lucky to be out! I’m excited to see Alaksa! I hear it’s the most beautiful place you can imagine!