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    WoW what can I say. Thanks for sharing those amazing photos and what an amazing journey you went on. Ill have put put this on my to do list.
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    Hiking is'ent about waiting for the storm to pass its about learning to hike in the rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevebo View Post
    Thanks for sharing! Love the pictures and trip report!
    Cheers Stevebo A pleasure

    Quote Originally Posted by Fronkey View Post
    Epic trip report! Man, I enjoyed the heck out of that!

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    Thanks Fronkey Glad you enjoyed it.

    Quote Originally Posted by jd1987 View Post
    Awesome pics man!
    Thanks JD

    Quote Originally Posted by Redoleary View Post
    Excellent report and and EPIC Adventure!! Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nothermark View Post
    WOW! - Great adventure. Thanks for sharing. The pics were great. It's too bad you lost some. I'm not surprised at battery troubles but am at SD card problems in those temps.
    Thanks Nothermark SD cards suck sometimes!

    Quote Originally Posted by stairguy View Post
    Absolutely epic trip. Enjoyed all the photos. Riam's anorak looks like a modified Swedish military, is that correct. I will read and re-read this post many times. Thank you............
    Thanks Stairguy
    Yes, Riams smock and mine were fantastic. They are Swedish army cotton snow smocks modified out of all existence. Mine was the button up type, Riams the overhead. If you want more info, I can give you loads of links. I've even got an undyed spare you might like
    At under -10c, they are faultless.

    Quote Originally Posted by lazy river road View Post
    WoW what can I say. Thanks for sharing those amazing photos and what an amazing journey you went on. Ill have put put this on my to do list.
    Thanks LRR Glad you enjoyed it. Northern Scandinavia never ceases to drop my Jaw.

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    Now THAT is how you test your kit! AMAZING TRIP!!! Like Stairguy, I will be re-reading this many times. Could you explain the mod on the H51. I use the same light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darby View Post
    Now THAT is how you test your kit! AMAZING TRIP!!! Like Stairguy, I will be re-reading this many times. Could you explain the mod on the H51. I use the same light.

    Cheers, Dale
    Thanks Darby, glad you enjoyed it

    Zebralight H51 mod;

    I will put a thread up about it as it was so successful but til then;

    It was a simple mod really.
    I ordered a spare cap from Zebra and drilled a hole to take a wire.
    The spare cap was taken in case the mod broke.
    The wire was sealed into the cap with Polyurethane sealant.
    A single AA lithium was run from a simple 2 x AA battery holder from an electronics supplier, connections soldered on and then taped.
    A spare battery was kept next to the running one so I always had a warm spare.
    A dummy battery was made from an old pen top, with +ve end taped on( I cut the + end of an old battery off) and the negative wire soldered to the gold spring in the cap.
    The curly wire was from a 12v Car cigarette lighter lead-this was a bad move as it snapped at -30c odd and exposed the inner sheathed wires. A better alternative is being sought. Perhaps silicon coated and smaller/lighter.

    In use, the battery pack was pushed down inside my base layers and never felt uncomfortable with the flexy lead. 2 more benefits were not being able to drop the light in the snow as it was tethered. It also seemed to extend the life of the lithium AA a long way beyond normal.
    This needs running past Zebra, but I suspect its possible to run 2AA's in parallel and get much longer runtimes, although the higher current provided may cause damage-hence checking with Zebra.

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    Quite the detailed briefing for sure. Facing that type of cold must have been so fun, challenging and exciting. And painful at times.
    Looks like a trip that will be hard for even you to top))))))
    Love reading about trips like yours.
    Thanks for all the details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    Quite the detailed briefing for sure. Facing that type of cold must have been so fun, challenging and exciting. And painful at times.
    Looks like a trip that will be hard for even you to top))))))
    Love reading about trips like yours.
    Thanks for all the details.
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    Thanks Shug, glad I've given you a little entertainment back

    'Twas a bit nippy!

    Challenging all the time TBH 'til it warmed up.

    I heard you've gone colder, the gauntlet has been thrown down

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    Thank you for sharing. This was one of the better trip reports I've read in a long time. Wonderful pictures for a wonderful looking trip. Wow.
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    Thanks for a great report of a great trip!

    As a Swede, I can only roll my eyes at SJ and SAS.. unfortunately their reliability has been an issue for several years, particularly in the winter. And since everything is run from Stockholm, the understanding and focus leaves a few things to be desired..

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    What an excellent adventure! I looked thru Waylands report @ bushcraftUK and all his pics too. Fantastic. I really enjoyed the museum items.

    Thanks for sharing a full run down on your kit. Staying warm is one thing, keeping your gear from full out freeze is another.

    Without the drying rooms, do you think you coul have camped in the cold that long.??

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    What a wonderful way to enjoy my Saturday morning coffee. Thanks so much for taking the time to write this up. I really enjoyed it.
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