I visited Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island’s Cumberland Peninsula at the end of June one year. Auyuittuq is an Inuktitut word meaning land that never melts. I don’t normally do adventure tours anymore figuring I have enough experience to do it on my own. But when a trip is remote and logistics are tough, I am happy to leave the planning – especially meal planning to an outfit. But still packing was an issue. Below is a packing list for a remote two week backpacking trip – with a few suggestions I learned from experience after the two week trip.
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Pack weight is really everything. If ones’ pack is too heavy it totally takes away from the enjoyment of the trip. And we are carrying everything from food to fuel to all our personal gear. It weighed a lot!
Here’s what a packing list looks like for a remote two week trip – where it’s more likely to be cold and windy than hot.
Equipment for a remote backpacking trip
One good quality pack with rain cover – 70+ liters for men, 60+ liters for women
Layering is key to hiking in the Arctic or anywhere where it can be cold and windy (Patagonia, the Rockies…)- especially when the winds are blowing – which from what I’ve read is pretty constant at 10-20 km/hour. At least it will keep the bugs away. Snow can happen at any time and generally we can expect cool temperatures.