EQUIPMENT

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The selection of equipment during the lonely Gobi crossing will be very important. The priority is the lowest weight and the absolute highest quality of the items taken. The daily temperature amplitudes in the desert are huge. At night, the temperature can drop to -30 degrees Celsius and rise to +45 during the day. For this reason, I take with me sandals and a sun hat, but also a down jacket and a sleeping bag with a comfort temperature of -20 degrees Celsius. During the trip, I will use many patents used, among others, by polar explorers. The list below is not final. All equipment, including food and water, will be transported on a specially prepared expedition cart.

clothing

The clothing set is based mainly on products from the Swedish brand Fjällräven, including, among others, durable trousers (Nils Trousers), a quick-drying shirt (Abisko Hike Shirt), a jacket (Eco Shell Jacket) and a warm down jacket (Keb Expedition Down Jacket). Baselayers of the New Zealand brand Icebreaker was made of merino wool, thanks to which it stays fresh for a relatively long time and does not dry up too quickly – it is perfect for the desert. People who walk long distances on foot know what a great role played by properly selected socks. I take Icebraker models and the Swiss Rohner brand with me. Shoes – a simple model of the German brand Meindl – were made of leather, also inside. I use them with Superfeet (Green) insoles, thanks to which I minimize unpleasant injuries (mainly blisters).

  • Fjällräven Eco Shell jacket
  • Fjällräven Keb Expedition down jacket
  • Fjällräven Keb Fleece Hoodie
  • Fjällräven Abisko Hike shirt LS
  • Fjällräven Abisko Shade trousers
  • Fjällräven Nils trousers
  • Fjällräven Abisko Trekking tights
  • Fjällräven Bergtagen Woolterry hoodie
  • Icebreaker Everyday Long Sleeve Crewe baselayer
  • Icebreaker Anatomica boxer
  • Rohner Fibre Tech socks
  • Rohner Fibre Light SupeR socks
  • Rohner Protector Plus socks
  • Rohner Original socks
  • Icebreaker Hike Heavy Crew socks
  • Icebreaker Hike MediumCrew socks
  • Icebreaker Hike Light Crew socks
  • Akubra Territory hat
  • Fjällräven Bergtagen Beanie hat
  • Tagelmust scarf
  • Buff Merino scarf
  • Smartwool Liner gloves
  • Giro Siv cycling gloves
  • Black Diamond HeavyWeight Softshell gloves
  • Keen Newport sandals
  • Meindl Tasmania MFS boots
  • Superfeet Green insoles

 

CAMPING stuff

The tent gives a sense of security, which can not be overestimated in the desert. I will have a light model with me – MSR Acces 2 with an additional Easton Syclone fiber poles in stock. Gobi is a place almost completely devoid of shadow. During the hottest hours, I will use the ultralight tarp from the Polish brand Lesovik (Groza Solo), which weights just over 300 grams and will give me a shadow. The Therm-A-Rest sleeping bag was created in agreement with the polar explorers, has a short zipper and hand holes. The synthetic collar around the face cope well with moisture. The whole (sleeping bag and mattresses) I will pack into the bag of the Norwegian brand Piteraq (Arcitic Bedding) and put a top of cart. After arriving at the place of the campsite, it is enough to take the whole thing out of the cart and the campsite is ready – an old polarist patent. The stove is the basis – it has to be failure-free. I choose the Omnifuel model from the Swedish Primus brand that was tested by many. In addition, I take a repair kit and spare parts. Every day I will use the Skeletool KBx knife from the American Leatherman brand. Twisting the trolley and all repairs will be done using the Leatherman Charge multitool + TTi (this is our next trip) and the Tread multifunctional bracelet.

  • MSR Acces 2 tent + spare poles + footprint + titan stakes
  • Lesovik Groza Solo UL tarp
  • Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest Solite L mattress
  • Therm-A-Rest NeoAir X-trem L mattress
  • Therm-A-Rest Polar Ranger -20 L sleeping bag
  • Piteraq Arctic Bedding XL sleeping kit
  • Primus Omnifuel stove + spares + service kit + Primus StovePaw base plate + spare pump
  • Primus 1L fuel bottles
  • Sea To Summit Alpha Pot
  • Light My Fire Scout 2.0 firesteel
  • Nalgene Everyday 1l bottle + Source Cenvertube kit
  • Optimus Titanium Long spoon
  • Sea to Summit Folding bucket
  • MSR Dromedary 10L waterbags
  • MSR Guardian water filter + service kit
  • Leatherman Skeletool KBX knife
  • Leatherman Signal multitool
  • Leatherman Tread bracelet

 

OTHERS

  • Leki Black Series SL2 trekking poles
  • Service kit (needle, threads, duct tape, etc…)
  • Rite in the Rain notebook
  • Rite in the Rain pencil
  • First Aid kit
  • Julbo Explorer Cameleon sunglasses
  • ESS Land Ops gogles
  • Sea To Summit waterproof sacks: Ultra Sil eVent Compression Sack, Ultra Sil View Dry Sack , eVac Dry Sack, Ultra Sil Nano Sack, Trash Dry Sack,
  • Sea To Summit Mosquito Head Net
  • Sea To Summit Accessory Strap with Hook Buckle 2m, Accessory Strap 1m
  • 3M dust mask

 

EXPEDITION CART

The cart was created on the basis of the experience of the salt desert passage Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. Grzesiek Gontarz from the Wazari Team is again responsible for the design and execution. For its construction we used aluminum 6060 profiles with dimensions: 40x60x3mm, 40x40x2mm and 30x3mm tubes. The poles were made of austenitic steel 1.4571. The wheels are built without any compromises: DT Swiss hubs and spokes, Surly rims and 4.8 “wide Schwalbe tires. The cart weights about 40 kilograms, allowing me to carry luggage weighting up to 200 kg! The harness was made of Cordura by the Triglav brand, it has reinforcements at strategic points. The equipment will be transported in bags from Cordura of the Polish brand Crosso – sewn to order in accordance with the guidelines.

  • DT Swiss 350 150mm hubs
  • DT Swiss spokes
  • Surly Rolling Darryl 26 rims
  • Surly Rim Straps rim straps
  • Schwalbe inner tubes
  • Schwalbe Jumbo Jim 26 4,8’ tires
  • Triglav custom made harness
  • Crosso expedition duffels
  • Sea To Summit Carabiner Tie Down straps

 

Electronics

During the expedition, I would use a simple and durable Aztorin watch – this is our next trip. I will navigate thanks to two Garmin GPS devices (62st and 64) with a loaded set of raster maps (satellite, American, Canadian and Russian) and a set of waypoints. My position will be updated on a current basis by SPOT satellite locator. Connectivity will be based on the satellite Iridium GO modem. I will charge all electronics with solar panels of the American Goal Zero brand (Nomad 28 Plus), which can be combined with each other. Two strong power banks, Goal Zero (Sherpa 50 and 100) in conjunction with 220V converters will allow me to charge the batteries for the camera, NiHM batteries, satellite phone and iPod (audiobooks!).

  • Aztorin A061.G295 watch
  • Garmin 62st GPS device + maps set
  • Gramin 64 GPS device + maps set
  • Brunton TruArc 3 compass
  • Brunton TruArc 10 compass
  • Iridium 9550A satelite phone
  • Iridium GO satelite modem
  • Spot Gen3 satelite tracker
  • Zero Nomad 28 Plus solar panels
  • Goal Zero Sherpa 50 powerbank
  • Goal Zero Sherpa 100 powerbank
  • Goal Zero 220V inverters
  • Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus chargers
  • Goal Zero Lighthouse Micro light
  • Goal Zero Crush light
  • Wires: mini usb, micro usb, lightning
  • Olight H1R Nova headlamp
  • Olight H2R Nova headlamp
  • Skross USB car charger
  • Triglav custom made photo bag
  • Peli Air 1485 case
  • iPod Touch 128GB
  • Olympus OM-D EM1 Mark II camera
  • Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO lens
  • Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO lens
  • Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 25mm F1.2 PRO lens
  • Olympus charger
  • Olympus batteries
  • Goal Zero AA betteries
  • Eneloop AA i AAA batteries
  • SanDisk memory cards
  • Manfrotto Befree Advanced tripod

 

food

Food is the key, without it, this trip would not be possible. The main meal during the day will be full-value and caloric freeze-dried dishes of the Polish brand LyoFood. They will be supplemented by fruit powder (vitamins) and energy fruit, nut and vegetable bars of Polish brands Zmiany Zmiany and This1 – they do not freeze at night and do not dissolve in the desert sun. For several years on the expedition I have been taking dried beef jerky – an excellent source of protein. This time, 8 kg.

  • LyoFood freeze dried meals – 500 grms portions (Beef Stroganoff, Bigos, Chicken Tikka Masala, Farfalle, Five Spice Chicken, Mexican Dish, Penne a’la Bolognese, Pork Loin in Dill, Pork Loin in Green Pepper, Stew with Pearl Barley)
  • LyoFood freeze dried fruits (Strawberry, Blackberry, Raspberry)
  • LyoFood freeze dried fruits in powder (Strawberry, Apple, Wild Berry Mix, Banana)
  • Zmiany Zmiany bars (Aloha, Kosmos, Petarda, Sztanga, Agent Cooper, Lewy Sierpowy, Urwis, Farmer, Kompas) – łącznie 180 sztuk
  • This1 Bars (Nut, Chocolate, Hemp) – łącznie 180 sztuk
  • Wild Willy  Beef Jerky– 8 kg
  • Tang instant drink

   Mateusz Waligóra jest specjalistą od wyczynowych wypraw w najbardziej odludne miejsca planety. Szczególnym upodobaniem darzy pustynie, od Australii po Boliwię. Na koncie ma rowerowy trawers najdłuższego pasma górskiego świata — Andów, samotny rowerowy przejazd przez najtrudniejsza drogę wytyczoną na ziemi — Canning Stock Route w Australii Zachodniej oraz samotny pieszy trawers największej solnej pustyni świata — Salar de Uyuni w Boliwii.

Na co dzień pracuje jako stały współpracownik National Geographic Traveler oraz przewodnik wypraw trekkingowych na kilku kontynentach. Jego fotografie publikowały media na całym świecie, między innymi: The Guardian, Daily Mail, National Geographic, Globetrotter Magazin, 4-Seasons Magazin oraz Adventure Travel Magazine.

Autor książki ‘TREK’ nagrodzonej tytułem “Książka Górska Roku”, w kategorii “Przewodniki i poradniki górskie” na Festiwalu Górskim w Lądku Zdroju. Ambasador marek Fjällräven i Primus.

www.mateuszwaligora.com

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2016

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2015

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2014

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2009

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