Nothing makes for easier planning than wilderness hiking above the Arctic Circle in summer. You have a couple of variables in great abundance that will never change in their basic form.
When it comes to food I like to plan a daily ration that delivers enough protein and energy with as low a dry weight ratio as possible. Starting with a breakfast of quick porridge and dried berry powder, Gatorade energy drink and coffee I'm set for the start of a day's hike. After a week on the trail this breakfast will have lost its charm but hunger is a great way to sustain interest in whatever you have in your pack and you need to leave camp on a full tank.
There will always be plenty of fresh water in the area we're walking but I still like to fill up my water pouch situated in the back support of my backpack.
Next we have my 2 man tent to be shared with Stuart, an arctic down sleeping bag, silk liner and inflatable mattress. The tent is a replica of the one I lost on Mont Blanc a few years ago suffering from mental fatigue and physical exhaustion on the way back down and is a 'Rolls Royce' in quality and comfort - more on that later.
Good hiking boots are essential and I have the Haglöfs Grym High and a really lightweight pair of Crocs for crossing the deeper rocky streams and evening wear.
There is also waterproof and warm clothing, first aid and navigation tools as well as an interesting array of solar power phone chargers provided by the Finnish company Suntrica to keep my iPhone up and running long enough to shoot some video and possibly update this blog with pictures if my solar power phone chargers keep me powered up. The whole backpack weighs in at just under 20 kilos and with a little fine tuning still to do I'm ready for the (hopefully) unfrozen wastelands of the north.