Because we’re switching up our modes of transportation halfway through the trip, we need to plan a gear drop via snowmobile. Due to the terrain, we’ll be snowshoeing the first half of the trip and carrying packs. On day five, we’ll meet our resupply with more food and fuel and transition to XC skis and sleds. The sleds are of our own design, and built for the rigors of traveling through the Maine woods.
In addition, there’s food, water and gear to think about. We’ll be aiming to eat 4,000+ calories a day, so we’re making sure to pack lots of bacon, cheese and butter to supplement meals from pasta to oatmeal (if you haven’t tried bacon in your oatmeal, you’re seriously missing out). As far as hydration goes, there’s no guarantee that we’ll find a lot of open water, so we’re bringing extra fuel to melt snow.
Thankfully we can see the 10-day forecast before we launch and can make a few game time decisions on gear. The temps aren’t looking bitterly cold, so the big puffy down jacket will stay home. We’ve got car shuttles figured out, potential bail out routes planned and our repair kits dialed in. We can’t prepare for everything, but we can definitely stack the deck in our favor.