• Jonas Paurell

Gear for Trekking in Sarek National Park - 2020

After a chaotic year coloured by the ongoing pandemic, I had the opportunity to spend two beautiful weeks solo trekking in Swedish Lapland. My trek would take me via the classic trail through Sarek National Park, which is part of the Laponian UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then north through Stora Sjöfallet National Park and onwards towards Kebnekaise Mountain Station and then to finish the trek at Nikkaloukta, a Same settlement close to Kiruna.

The goal of this trek was to spend some significant time alone in wild nature to re-centre and reground my mind, enjoy lots of landscape photography and read a few books. I started with a 21kg backpack, which included 6kg (8 days) of food and 5kg worth of camera gear. I resupplied food and fuel at STF Saltoluokta Mountain Station and later at Kaitum Mountain Hut and Kebnekaise Mountain Station. This way I could keep the weight down to a minimum. 21kg starting weight with all the food and camera gear really is quite ultra-light with 10kg base weight. This is what I brought with me.

Clothes (Wearing)

  • Patagonia sun visor (never using a visor in Sweden again as the mosquitos bite through the hair into the skull!)

  • Columbia Triple Canyon trekking shirt, 197g (new for this trip and I loved it)

  • Tierra Off-Course Pants, 414g (my third pair over the last six years, will not use anything else)

  • Icebreaker wool underwear, 70g

  • Nike Wildhorse trail running shoes, 980g

  • Darn Tough wool Socks, 74g

  • Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ Z-Poles, 298g

Extra Clothes

  • Jacket - Patagonia Micro Puff® Jacket, 280g

  • T-shirt Patagonia Capilene, 70g

  • Warm Tshirt - Patagonia Capilene® Thermal Weight Zip-Neck, 200g

  • Patagonia Strider Pro Running Shorts, 105g

  • Long Johns Icebreaker, 220g

  • 2x Darn Tough Wool Socks, 74g

  • 2x Icebreaker wool underwear, 70g

  • Black Diamond Midweight Screentap Gloves, 55g

  • Tierra Hat, 50g

  • 2x Buff, 40g

  • Sea to Summit Rain Poncho, 200g (useless if it rains…but very light weight)

Tech etc.

  • Petzl Bindi head torch, 35g

  • Anker 20000mah PowerBank, 367g

  • Cables for charging, 100g

  • Garmin Inreach Mini, 118g

  • Kindle, 170g

  • Mobile Phone

  • Notebook and pen

  • Silva compass, 26g

  • 3x Maps, 40g

Camping Gear etc.

  • ZPacks Duplex Tent, 550g

  • Cumulus 450 Quilt, custom made quilt for my large frame, 780g (new for this year and I am a quilt convert!)

  • Thermarest NeoAir XTherm Large, 570g

  • Butt Pad Thermarest Z Seat Sol, 60g

  • Inflatable Pillow

  • MSR Titan Kettle, 118g

  • MSR Pocket Rocket Delux, 78g

  • Primus 230g gas bottle, 382g

  • Titanium Long Spoon – Sea to Summit, 18g

  • Knife, 80g

  • Various Dry Saks, 300g

  • Hydrapak Flux Bottle 1L, 76g

  • Small first aid kit, 150g

  • Bug net!

Backpacks The main backpack is new for this year, but it is the most comfortable backpack I have ever used for hauling heavy loads.

  • Osprey Aether Pro 70, 1800g

  • Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack Nano 18L (hanging on the outside)

Camera Gear This is sort of the ultra-light full range kit that I use for trekking. For me this is really the (almost) ultimate trekking kit.

  • Sony A7rIII, 657g