This post was supposed to be written in December, but I’ve had a hard time focusing on the website this fall. Things have been tough, both at work and at home this fall, so I’ve been a bit low on energy.
I wrote about my plans for 2018, on January 1 last year, and I’ll give a summary on how it went.
- To do a lot of canoe camping trips, and bring my kids with me. My youngest is getting big enough for me to dare to take her along in the canoe.
I did four canoe camping trips last year, and a few day trips too. C. joined me on one of my trips in Raslången, which might have been the best trip I did last year.
- I’ll make another attempt at getting out on at least one overnighter each month of the year, and I’d really like to succeed in spending 10% of the nights outdoors.
I didn’t quite succeed with this one, this year either. I spent nights in the outdoors every month but in December. I could’ve gone out in December too, but I was just too tired to do so. In total, with the road trip through Europe during the summer, I spent 32 nights under the stars on 16 different trips. Counting in the road trip I’ve camped in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia. The nature in Slovenia was fantastic, and I’d really like to get back here on a hiking and/or packrafting trip.
- A 3-day trip to Trestickan (I’m going on Thursday, but I’d like to get back there in spring or early fall too)
I spent my annual first-week-of-the-year-hike in Tresticklan. I had a really great time there, as always. I didn’t get back there again though, but hopefully I’ll get back this year.
- A 3-4 day canoe camping trip at Halen-Raslången-Immeln this spring. This will be my first longer canoe camping trip, and I’m really looking forward to it.
In May I went on a 3-day canoe camping trip with C. Wonderful warm weather in a beautiful area. It was my first multi day canoe camping trip, and my first canoe camping trip in warm weather. I was hooked. Halen-Raslången-Immeln is really nice, and I plan to get back here a lot to explore more of the area.
- A week long canoe camping trip in Femundsmarka this summer. I thought about doing the ACT in Greenland this summer, but I’ll probably wait for the kids to grow older before I do this trip, and do a week in Femundsmarka instead.
I went on a week long solo trip with the canoe on Isteren, next to Femundsmarka. The trip had its ups and downs, but I’ve more or less decided not to go on canoe camping trips like that again. There are a lot of beautiful, somewhat desolate areas closer to home, and if I’m going to drive for so many hours I want to hike in the mountains instead.
- An Ultralight ultracheap hiking trip. This is something I’m really looking forward to trying. I’ve acquired a complete set of ultracheap lightweight gear while buying stuff for my family and also stuff I’ve bought for myself. I’ll post my updated ultralight ultracheap gear list in an upcoming post and it’ll be a fun test.
I didn’t get away on this trip as I had planned, despite that the Ultralight-ultracheap posts are the most popular posts I have here. I have all the gear, and the only thing I haven’t tried myself is the tent, that my oldest daughter has been using instead. But when spring comes I’ll try to get out on a cheapo UL-trip.
- I’d like to do another social hiking trip again. It was fun to meet other hikers in general, and especially to meet UL hikers and discuss gear and stuff like that.
My plan was initially to hike parts of Coast to coast Sweden again. I couldn’t get away when the time came though, but I did meet up with Brian Outdoor in November, for a hike in Raslången. We’ve been planning a canoe camping trip sometime this spring, and he’s been meeting other hikers in Sweden on other social hikes. Perhaps we could get a group together to do a group hiking trip too this year. I’ll hopefully go to Athens this summer, and if so I’m hoping to meet up with Olympus Mountaineering for a trip together in Greece.
It’s been a great year, and I’ve had C with me on a lot of trips. I’ve been out on a bunch of day trips with the family, that I haven’t written about here. I bought and sold a foldable Ally canoe. I bought a GStove and discovered the wonders of hot tent camping. I hope this year will bring a lot of great outdoor experiences, with more hot tent camping, more canoe trips and more trips with my kids.