Sue and I had the pleasure last night of attending a talk/slideshow by Paddy Dillon at Stockport Walking & Outdoor Group’s weekly get together.
The presentation was slick and precise, as must have been his packing in order to get 18 kilos of gear and food into his 50 litre rucksack for the 7-10 day route that comprises the Arctic Circle Trail.
You can get a fair idea of what it’s all about from the Cicerone website, here, and Paddy Dillon’s own website, here.
It’s for seasoned backpackers who are able to carry around 20 kilos or more. It’ll cost you €600 for the flights between Copenhagen and Greenland, plus the cost of getting to Copenhagen and back from wherever you live. All you’ll need to buy once you get there is fuel for your stove.
The season is less than three months, from mid to late June, to mid September. The mosquitoes die down with the first frost in mid August, so the best time for the trip could be late August/early September.
Some people camp, and it may be wise to take a small tent, but most stay in the small red huts that punctuate the 100 mile route.
Paddy will be at a Backpackers Club event in Ulverston this weekend, and I’m sure will be delighted to chat to anyone who has a penchant for this sort of trip…
It was good to meet Paddy. We’ve used a few of his guide books and wondered what he was like: a consummate professional.