Eric and Sarah have kited in the most extreme Polar Regions on the globe. For them, snowkiting is no longer just a sport, but a method of travel and a life style.
They want to share their passion with you. So whether you’re heading out with some friends for an overnight kite-skiing trip, or going on a major expedition, here are some tips and info to getting started.
Tips for planning
- Set a goal that is fit for you or your team. Make the goal challenging but not impossible.
- Train both physically and mentally to improve your skills and learn new skills.
- Plan for uncooperative weather; always bring extra food and fuel.
- Have a method of propulsion that does not rely on the winds. Pack a pair of cross-county ski’s or snow-shoes.
- Set up a safety network in case something goes wrong. Tell people where you plan on being and when, and what action they should take if something happens to you.
- Solo kite expedition are for extremely well seasoned adventurers and we recommended that you kite with a team.
- Have a good time!
- Kites (bring a couple different sizes for the different winds)
- Down hill ski system or snowboard system
- Repair parts for kite (extra lines, nylon patches)
- Wind meter
- Pulk or sled to tow gear
- Cross country ski system or snow shoe’s (to use when the winds die)
| - Tent
||- Cup, bowl, spoon
| - Sleeping bag
|| - Water bottles
| - Sleeping mat
|| - Extra warm clothes
| - Stoves
|| - Food
| - Pots
|| - Fuel
- Sun screen
- Music player
- Navigational equipment (GPS / map + compass)
- Communication system (cell phone/satellite phone)
- Repair kit
- First aid kit
- Extra food and fuel (in case a storm blows in or if the winds die and it takes you longer to get back than planned)
- Extra batteries for navigational and communication systems
Remember the gear will only be helpful if you know how to use it. Never bring something that you have not personally tested!