3. Fuel and Hydrate Every Hour
It’s easy to overlook hydration when you’re trekking in polar conditions, but proper hydration maintains proper blood flow and bodily functions. And snacks and meals keep your energy levels up while producing body heat.
Larsen always starts out on the trail with a bottle filled with warm water (a tight plastic lid is preferable), and tries to snack and drink every hour. One of those breaks includes a sacred tradition of drinking instant soup from his insulated flask. Try Stanley’s line of vacuum-sealed food jars and/or the Rambler 14oz Mug by Yeti.
“Having hot soup in the middle of a freezing cold day is a great way to help with hydration and energy levels—it’s something to look forward to on the trail,” he says.
Larsen likes to portion his meals into Ziploc bags ahead of time. And he usually keeps an energy bar near his sleeping bag.
“A few bites midway through the night is like putting another log on the fire.”
Get yourself a multi-fuel burning expedition stove that’s reliable. We like the XGK-EK stove by MSR Gear.
It’s also a good idea to have Skratch Labs hydration mix on-hand.
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