Packing up and shipping out!


I may say that this is the greatest factor – the way in which the expedition is equipped. The way in which every difficulty is foreseen and precautions taken for meeting or avoiding it. Victory awaits him who has everything in order; luck people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck

— – Roald Amundsen



6th May 2015
A few weeks ago after amassing 600 kgs of supplies and kit for a big trip this summer I packed it into 20 loads, put it on a pallet, wrapped it in industrial cling film and shipped it off to the back of beyond.


At the end of June I will be reunited with it along with four friends, hundreds of miles from anywhere in the Arctic wilderness. For the following five weeks of exploratory adventure our survival and the success of the expedition will be entirely dependent on the contents of my shipment.


Kit being shipped


There are myriad choices to be made when deciding what will and will not be required when packing for a big trip. How much toilet paper will we need? How much rope and what rack? What about batteries, fuel, suncream? Tents, stoves, sleeping bags the list goes on and on…



It’s not a simple task and the stakes are high; get it right and you’re in for a safe, fun trip; get it wrong and you can fail before you even begin or somebody can get hurt.



I hope I got it right!


Leo Houlding