Well, Both of us are beginnners. I "can" kite but when it comes to huge jumps and spinns I´m totally lost.
I haven´t put any effort in reading about Foils before as i already have my tubekites, so your knowledge is more then welcome!
Our plan is to make this trip next spring (depending weatherdata) so we will have "plenty" of time to train this and next winter. The only question is if we should buy new Foils asap so we can train with them on water this summer or wait for it until next winter. What would be your choice?
There are excellent point in the responses already.
There are good points in the messages already sent.
It is important to kite on snow and in various conditions as much as you can. If you have tubes go with them but try to get the kites you are planning to use on expedition asap. You need to know how to work with them in all possible conditions by yourselves.
Other training depends a lot how experienced you are in hiking/mountaineering or similar or sking with sled. You need also learn to kite with a sled and have you harness or what ever system (you need to be able to ski with it) you use to fit to pull the sled. You can start training with a small weight in the sled but then you need to go with the full weight in it. I recall the Greenland expedition had 175kg starting weight in a sled. However they wanted to ski half the way so they used more time and needed some more food etc. with them.
Plan also training tips with all the gear to travel some days.It will give better picture what you will face out there.
During the expeditions the day travels with kite have varied from 30 to 140 km depending on the wind. They have used 8 to 14 hours to those distances. You need to be in excellent mental and physical condition to do so.
It would help us to help you and also it would ease our minds if you could tell how experienced you are with snowy conditions and making any expeditions.
We both have relatively good experience "hiking" in tough winterconditions from our military service (similar to Airborn Special Force), without being to cocky I would say we are in excellent physical and metal shape.
My friend also have experience from climbing mt mckinley, Elbrus and Mont Blanc but when it comes to kite-expeditions we have much to learn.
Our plan is (as someone here recommended) to get hands on the kites and gear we are planing to use at the expedition and train as much as we can with it, mostly next winter (as he works in the US at the moment)
So... I´ve got recommended Flysurfer Speed 3 21m for superlight conditions, Ozone Frenzy 11 and 7m.
What do you think about that combo?
As written the best thing for our economy would be to buy 3 Flysurfer kites ( or other closedcellkites as we don´t really want 2 sets of kites), but if those aren´t the most safe and best kites for the purpose maybe it´s worth going for 2 open cellkites?
Once again, thank you for you engagement. It´s appreciated!