Great Eastern Traverse

08 Feb 2016 20:47 #66952 by ASL
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So a quick calculation tells me that you are going to lose 10 to 15% of your bodyweight...

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08 Feb 2016 21:10 #66953 by Stijn
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Andrew, apparently the guys that do the Antarctic treks drink a 100ml vial of olive oil every day... takes a bit of time to get used to so best you get cracking! :sick:

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08 Feb 2016 21:27 #66954 by ghaznavid
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mayake wrote: how are managing 20 days of food, you are setting off with a mule or the donkey that is you ? :lol:

He's a Porter :P

Getting to the top is nothing, the way you do it is everything – Royal Robins
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09 Feb 2016 08:24 #66960 by AndrewP
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ASL wrote: So a quick calculation tells me that you are going to lose 10 to 15% of your bodyweight...


Please share the details of this calculation. Every time I try work out calories burnt vs kilojoules eaten I come up with a figure that says I died 3 weeks ago.

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09 Feb 2016 08:30 #66961 by AndrewP
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Stijn wrote: Andrew, apparently the guys that do the Antarctic treks drink a 100ml vial of olive oil every day... takes a bit of time to get used to so best you get cracking! :sick:


No, not going there

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16 Feb 2016 19:53 #67048 by AndrewP
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One intense week later and the packing is now complete. I have rationed the provita's, weighed out the cous-cous, rice and all the other goodies.

Pass one came in at over 23kg without any water, and in a pack much bigger than I wanted to carry.

For a hike this long, solar panels make sense, and I just cannot go out there so long without a few basic repair kits. Or, spare clothes, a tent and a whole lot of other stuff I would prefer to keep at home.


So, I ditched some of the essential gear and found a few other tricks to save a few precious grams. I swapped out tried and tested food for a few novel ideas. Still not enough. I then swallowed a few mtfu pills and a whole box of mtfuP as well. If I can ditch enough weight, I can go faster which means I can ditch some more :-)

End result is 16.9kg including water. It even fits in the same pack I used for the 5 day GT with Ghaz late last year!

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17 Feb 2016 11:10 - 17 Feb 2016 11:15 #67053 by Coeta
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You know you lose some more by becoming a rock, pebble, grass, leaves and sticks man.... no need for white gold. :whistle:
-justsay'n-


What tent \ bivvybag do you use?
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17 Feb 2016 11:17 #67054 by Coeta
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AndrewP wrote:

ASL wrote: So a quick calculation tells me that you are going to lose 10 to 15% of your bodyweight...


Please share the details of this calculation. Every time I try work out calories burnt vs kilojoules eaten I come up with a figure that says I died 3 weeks ago.


sorry every time I read this I burst out laughing

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17 Feb 2016 11:25 #67055 by mayake
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Hy Andrew, very interesting pict. May i ask you some questions ?
- in yellow, why have you so many aparatus and electronics ? where is your photovoltaic panel and power bank?
- in red, don't you use only pouches and a filter ? Nalgen is a little heavier and bulky.
- in blue, 2 cartridges 100g, is not it better than a 230g? Almost same weight but when the one of the former is empty you can litter it. And then your plastics stuffs cannot they be exchanged with a big Mug or a kettle. Myself I use a kettle and eat and drink in it. A wind screen can also spare a lot of gas.

Only to help, but surely you have more experience than me in your mountains ;)

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17 Feb 2016 11:51 - 17 Feb 2016 12:05 #67056 by Coeta
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I'm sure Andrew will answer you with more authority than me on other points, but allow me to pipe in on your last Q.

- in blue, 2 cartridges 100g, is not it better than a 230g? Almost same weight but when the one of the former is empty you can litter it.

Leave no trace is at the order of the day. Not sure what you mean with "litter it", but if you took it up, you bring it down. No littering.
Correct me if I misunderstand, maybe something got lost in translation, but if you intend to come to our mountain and have a "litter it" hiking philosophy, best you stay where you are. ;)
Happy to be corrected if there is a misunderstanding.
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