|Kokatat is the leading Manufacturer of Dry Wear. It is hard
to find Clothing of higher quality to protect us from the harsh
conditions in the arctic. Well, it would be hard if Kokatat would not
be there. They create the highest quality Drysuits and underwear we
know and we are very proud that we can call Kokatat a sponsor
of the Ellice River 2003: By Fair Means! expedition.
|First Air is THE Airline serving the canadian north with
scheduled air flights for 28 destinations. We are
very happy to call First Air one of our sponsors. Since we will end our
tour in the remote community of Ikaluktutiak (Cambridge Bay), which
lies in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, they are
our only way out! OK, we could go by barge. But hey, this takes a
hundred years and we have jobs, too.
First Air is providing transportation for the two of us and is shipping the canoe back to Yellowknife.
|ZRE is the leading manufacturer of high end Carbon Bent-Shaft
Paddles. Since we will have to cross some mighty lakes, we need
paddles that know how to spell the word efficiency. The
Whitewater is a very tough, yet light Carbon Bent-Shaft of just
over 300g. We use these paddles for all but whitewater paddling, where
we use backferry technique.
When we encounter big lakes or open water in general, we usually start eating up kilometers. We do this by using the sit'n'switch technique. Every few strokes, the stern paddler will tell the bow paddler to switch sides using the "Hut" command. In some german conversations, especially in high winds, this can be quite confusing and triggers weird behaviour of the bow paddler.
Grateful Heads makes helmets for whitewater paddling. The helmets are
extremely light, since they use Kevlar. This makes the helmets
perfect for us: super light on the portages and extremely tough when
shooting whitewater or carrying high loads over boulder fields.
We use the models Hwag and Drop Zone.
Very few people use helmets on wilderness trips today. We look at them as one of the most important pieces of equipment on remote rivers. A Helmet can make the difference between the trip is over and "Hej Heinz, look how I scratched my helmet!"...
Hilleberg the Tentmaker is the number one tent manufacturer in the
world. Hilleberg tents are known as the best on the market in terms of
weight, craftmanship, toughness and wind stability. We use a Nallo 3
GT tunnel which weighs only 2.5 kg. The GT extension is especially
usefull for paddlers since they usually carry more gear along and it
makes dressing easier in foul weather. We choose red as a signal
In addition to the tent, we take a ultralight tarp, the 10 UL, which measures 3.0x3.5 m. It weighs only 0.5 kg. Since we will travel through bear country, we do not cook inside the tent. The tarp serves a out "open-air-kitchen", far off the tent.
Tent and tarp are 3.0 kg together. This is really hard to beat and most other tents would be heavier than that, without the tarp!
|We like quality food and Walkers Shortbread provides food of superb quality! Their Shortbread products are made from high quality ingredients only. Further, it is an excelent energy source. In cold weather and, with a constant level of aerobic work over long hours each day, the human body needs fat. The butter found in Shortbread is far superior to the low quality vegetable oils found in most comparable products. We take about 7 kg of Shortbread Fingers on the trip, which will be one of our main energy sources above the tree line.|