Tuesday, May 14, 2013


On my last visit to Greenland, I took my main meals with me. There is a company here in Tasmania that provides dried meals and I thought it would be convenient to carry my food with me, and purchase the rest when I arrived in Iceland. There are two problems with that arrangement. The meals just add weight to an already too heavy pack and the airlines charge accordingly. And trying to buy food in a country where all of the packages are labelled in Icelandic is ......... difficult :-)

I am also pretty sure that I didn't take enough food with me and suffered as a result through a lack of energy.

This time I have organised for a UK company, Outdoors Grub, to supply my food. They come with a good reputation and they have gathered together the best outdoor food available under the one roof.

They provide two levels of day ration packs, Standard (2900 kcal) and Extreme (4100 kcal). The owner, Chris Frizelle, suggested that as I would be using a fair bit of energy covering 30+ kms a day in a sea kayak, the Extreme packs would be best.

And I have to say, their service and helpfulness is stunningly good. Chris is going above and beyond the call of duty to make sure the food gets to me. Thanks Chris!

Monday, May 13, 2013


Well, I have had a chance to set up and try out the tripwire system using the Packalarm I ordered from the US. I have to say I am very impressed. It worked very well indeed. That was with a circle of a diameter of approximately 50 metres and using aluminium poles to run the line around (there are no trees in Greenland where I will be travelling). I have a second unit on order for the second, lower run of line and will now feel confident that nothing is going to arrive unannounced :-)

Correction-there actually are trees where I will be travelling. They are Arctic Willow and they grow to about 25mm height. They make Bonsai look like Old Growth forest!