The hiking year 2016

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The New Years Eve is closing in, and it’s time to sum up the past year. My goal for the year was to get out on at least one overnight trip every month of the year.

I didn’t succeed with this though, but I did get out on quite a few trips.

January:

Februari:

  • My third child was born, so hiking was not a priority in Februari.

March:

  • A two night trip on John Bauerleden north of Jönköping in the beginning of March, that nearly ruined my feet.
  • An overnighter again in the end of March on Vildmarksleden near Åseda. I got sick during the hike and spent the next few days in bed after this hike.

April:

  • I didn’t get away on a hike this month.

May:

June:

  • No trip this month either.

July:

August & September:

  • A two night hike on another trail called Vildmarksleden, this time east of Gotherburg. It was a wet rainy experience and not a trail I’ll visit again.
  • The “big” trip this year begun in late August and ended in the beginning of September and was a week-long hike in Jotunheimen in Norway. It was a great trip with mostly good weather. It was very windy though. But I can’t wait to get back to some real mountains again.

October:

  • In late October I finally got out on a trip. I had planned for a two night hike in Tiveden, but really poor weather made me change my mind, and despite the long drive I ended up with a short overnighter.

November:

  • In the beginning of November I got out on an overnighter on Helgö, just outside Växjö. It was one of the first cold nights, and I woke up to a white layer of snow. I did have some serious condensation on this trip.
  • In the middle of the month I got out again. This time on an overnighter in Lerike, at the north end of the lake Helgasjön. Everything was covered in a thick layer of frost, and the nature was absolutely stunning. I tried to make a short video of the trip, but it got quite short since I had forgotten to bring a larger memory card. I haven’t decided if I’m going to publish it or not.

December:

  • No trip this month, but in the first week of January I plan to be out in the wild again.

When it comes to gear I both added and changed a few things. My biggest purchase was the Hilleberg Enan. I actually like it better than I thought I would. I was afraid I’d find it too small and cramped, but it felt a lot roomier than expected.

I also bought a down quilt from Cumulus. This was my first time using a quilt instead of a sleeping bag, and I’m still not sure if I like it. I might end up selling it, and buying a Liteline 400 instead.

I also bought an Exped Winterlite sleeping pad. I really like my Synmat 7 UL, but as soon as the temperatures drop below freezing I find it too cold. It was comfortable and warm, but the mummyshape takes some getting used to.

During the fall I started to stock up gear for my planned ACT hike. After the trip to Jotunheimen I realised that I would have a hard time fitting 12-14 days worth of food in my 60l backpack (it’s not like it can’t be done, but I’d have a hard time making it work). The hike takes somewhere between 9-11 days, but I might also start at the Ice cap, with will add 40 km to the trail. I also want to do some more advanced outdoor cooking than just eating my freezer bag meals. It also seems to be really hard to get gas canisters in Greenland and a multi fuel stove seems to be the best way to go. For this I purchased an Exped Expedition 80 backpack, a Trangia 27 ULHA and the multi fuel burner X2 to the Trangia. I did put some thought down before I bought the Trangia, considering it’s weight and volume. But in Norway, where I was constantly above timberline and with really strong winds most of the time I did miss having a sturdy stove with a better windshield. Cooking was a pain in the ass when the windshield almost blew away and much of the heat escaped because of the wind.

I’m constantly trying to improve my gear and find the perfect gear for me and for the designated trip. I try to conserve my shopping in my everyday life, but when it comes to outdoor gear, I think I have a problem. 🙂

All things considered, I had a great hiking year. I do want to get out a lot more than I do. But it is a balance between familylife, work and my need to get out on hikes.

Next year I’d really like to buy a pair of Åsnes Sondre and get out on a winter trip. I also have loosely planned to buy a canoe, and if so, it’ll most likely be an Esker Wood Ki Chi Saga. It was love at first sight, and I’ll go to their showroom next year and look at one up close. There aren’t that many good hiking trails close to Växjö (if you don’t like dark spruce forests), but Småland is littered with lakes, and with a canoe I can do a lot of trips in beautiful scenery close to home. It’s a really big investment though and I don’t know if I can prioritize the cost.

I wish you all a happy new year, and I hope that you have a lot of great trips in 2017!

Januari, a short overnighter

As I wrote in my last post my plan for 2016 has been to go out on at least one overnight-trip per month. It doesn’t have to be a long adventurelike hike, but a night in the tent is sufficient.

So in the beginning of januari I set of to the northen trailhead of Sigfridsleden (Sigfreds-trail). The trail goes from Asa in the north to the lake Rottnen in the south and is 90km long in total.

I had no plans to hike the whole trail, since this was just a short overnighter, and a chance to get a night outside. It was also a chance test my new backpack, the Exped Lightning that I’d bought in december, but hadn’t got a chance to test.

I arrived in Asa around 15.00 and parked at the hostel next to the church. From there I started walking south on the trail for just about 2,5km where there is a great campspot with views over the lake Asasjön. I was here almost exactly 1 year before so I knew beforehand where to set up camp.

When I’d set up my tent and started to prepare dinner it was already dark outside.

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The dinner was Westafrican ricestew, a recipe from the book Fjällmat, witch I highly recommend

 

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My tent, the Luxe Outdoor Sil Hexpeak

For southern Sweden, and with the mild winter we had this year it was a cold night, with temperatures around -6C to -7C, or so the weatherreport said. My sleepingmat was the Exped Synmat 7 UL witch proved to be a bit cold for the temperatures. My sleepingbag was the Cumulus Panyam 600. The bag it self was warm, and I didn’t freeze from the top. The cold came from the ground and up through the sleepingpad. I should’ve brought a small cellfoam-mat to insulate more. I slept fairy well though, even though I was a bit chilly in the early morning witch made me toss and turn a bit.

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My camp for the night
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Boiling up some coffee-water. The trekkingpoles are used as tentpoles, multiple use to lighten the weight.

For breakfast I boiled up some water for coffee and had tortillias with nutella. The nutella had froze though so I had to put the bag of nutella in the hot water before I could smear it on to the tortillas.

After breakfast I packed up camp and headed back to the car to get home. It was a short, but nice trip and I like to camp in colder weather since I really don’t like the bugs that come out in the warmer seasons.

(BTW I’m not payed (unfortunately 🙂 ) by any company to write, but I will link to gear that I like in my posts.)