Cycling Into The Dark is definitely registering as an amazing winter adventure already started up in the northern hemisphere of Canada. I've learned from my own experience, a tremendous amount of thought, creation, personal planning and preparation goes into a self-sponsored expeditions. From reading his personal blog, this Canadian adventurer is ready to take on anything in this winter cycling expedition.
I have respect and admiration for the personal challenges this man will undertake to support a worthy charity, Bikes For Africa and have an adventure of a lifetime that some of us will continue to dream about as this expedition continues to unfold (myself included, I've been contemplating this route for a few years and here it is now: an active expedition).
For equipment lists, Brek is riding a Surly Big Dummy with 26" rims/36 hole spoked for extra strength wrapped with either Schwalbe Marathon or Schwalbe Marathon studded winter ice tires for grip. Sleeping will be a major issue like any Arctic Expedition, so he's chosen a 4-season, -30 sleeping bag, doubled up with an overbag for an extra -10 degrees of temperature tolerance.
Brek's bicycle and equipment, food, spare tires, supplies all weigh in at 420 pounds (190.5 kg) so this is serious work on the bike. His Trelock lighting and Dyno-power system is an incredible idea that is lighting up this difficult mission further north. An adventure cyclist definitely ready to "Explore the possibilities of self-propelled travel."
In brief, from Brek's website:
"A 8,400km self-propelled and self-supported round- trip journey from the bright lights of Vancouver to the Northern Lights of Tuktoyatuk"
What a remarkable journey so remember to follow him in his personal blog, join his Facebook group, and leave comments of encouragement, I'm sure it will help. Good luck Brek, I will enjoy reading about your incredible mission.