The gear I used last year was pretty much as good as I could get it, and it performed brilliantly. I can’t see too many changes next year, aside from a few minor tweaks, getting the right colours for the season and something shiny, always something shiny. I also intend to take my good camera (and the associated bits) instead of the trusty point and shoot. This will make things heavier of course, but with some planning it manageable and worth the effort for such an adventure.
Food is something I didn’t look to hard at last year, weight and calories were pretty much my only concerns, balanced with taste (if you can’t face eating it then there is no point in taking it). I paid little attention to protein, carbs, sugars, and all that important ‘stuff’. Whilst I had around 3000 calories a day (probably burning in the region of 5000), I had rushes, slumps and crashes in energy. I also doubt I had my carbs and electrolytes at the right levels considering the weather. All things I will have to learn better.