Tänndalen, why have a day in the calendar about Tanndalen)? Out of that simple reason it is known as one of the best ski village in Sweden. The loss of hip restaurants, shopping, champagne-sticky nightclubs and snobby waiters will also be a reason for a visit. The area offers both real good slalom slopes, Off-pist, and real nice cross-country skiing, and this close to the Norwegian border. And if you want to do a peak tour, why don’t you give Skarvarna a nice try. And if you are ready for snowshoeing, I will recommend the edge around the Svansjon. During the summer you can participate in the MTB race ”Fjallturen” one of the biggest cycle event in Sweden and in a breathtaking environment. So if you want to have a really nice mountain adventure, where you can be yourself for a time this will be the place. Ready for this?
Hem – Fjällturen (fjallturen.se)
Offpist i Tänndalen – YouTube
And todays book suggestion will be the: Vandra grona bandet. Vandra Gröna bandet : en guidebok och reseskildring genom den svenska fjällkedjan – Erika Nilsson-Waara, Linnea Nilsson-Waara – Häftad (9789189203938) | Bokus
Mattias we must take this one..
Jonathan Roy – Next To Me (Imagine Dragons Cover) – YouTube
See ya tommorow…
Today we open the seventeenth door, and today we will learn more about the Sami’s. Today there are about 2500-3000 Sami’s that leaves from the outcome from reindeer’s. But there are much more that got its own reindeer mark, and owns reindeer’s but they are handled by a reindeer herd that works with it for fully time. The Sami’s religion got there on faith. Here the world was divided into three different worlds; The underground world, The earth world and the heavenly world. Every one of the world, got there own god. The only one that got the ability to communicate with the spirits was the Nåjd, the Sami medicine man. The Sami’s history is old. One has found things such as paintings, and old tools that is over thousand years old. For about two thousand years ago was the first time someone has written down text about Sami’s. A roman historian writes about a people he call Fenni. From that description we can understand it was the Sami’s ancestors. During the 1600 the king was demanding more tax from the people, the Sami’s stared to tame more of the reindeer’s. Today there is no wild reindeer’s in Sweden, all of them got an owner. Today is slaughtered about 60 000 reindeer’s pro year.
Todays book tips will be: När dom andra sover a book about Samis
SÁMI FOLK MUSIC | Máddji – ”Far” – YouTube
Jon Henrik Fjällgren – Mountain Dance / 4K HDR – ProRes RAW – YouTube
Se ya tommorow
Thank you for the comment yesterday Mattias:-). Today I will talk about weather and weather forecasting. When you are heading for an adventure it is good to do a pre-work. The longer you might go, the earlier you need to start. And what you do is to read and understand the weather in the area. What is the normal wind direction? Is it common with thunderstorms and in that case, is there any time it often appear. The air pressure can also give a hint of change in the weather. Read meteo sites to see the big picture . Here comes some good suggestions to start with: AccuWeather.com, weather.com, wunderground.com, weatherbug.com, worldweatheronline.com, windy.com, ventysky.com, Here you can see an example from ”Windy.com” real good forecasting of Katterjåkk for example:
I will also suggest you to notice the change within the environment around you. The wind, the smell and how the animal act. You should also always, ask the locals about the weather, here you will have a sea of knowledge…The avalanche prognosis is also very good to read and understand. Here you also can get a very clear picture of where the slopes will be challenging etc.
How To Read Clouds To Forecast the Weather | Outside – YouTube
The book suggestion today will be:
Mountain Weather and Climate – Roger G Barry – häftad (9780415071130) | Adlibris Bokhandel
Sam Smith – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Official Video) – YouTube
See ya tommorow…
Today I will speak from my heart, and I got two topics in mind. So lets start with the first one; Humility. As a human and a guide I think this is one of the most important characteristic you need. The more knowledge and skills the more humility. In the outdoor we all got our shortcomings. I think we all forgotten the compass or the gas canister for the stove and so on. People who are stacked in the perspective that a badge will give you authority, I will tell you, you couldn’t be more wrong. Do not measure the sheep of its wool…And try the perspective of the opposite side so often as you can, then you will be a good raw model. The person in front of you might be a future customer or teacher. So my first advice will be, start being interested in people in a genuine way. I will tell you you will get a great ”pay back” for doing that. The second advice, put yourself in someone else position at least in your mind. If you are a authority this will help you to develop. Storming into to a cabin and telling people to boil water in every available saucepan might give you the tour guide nail, but not the authority…
Look at this video, 4 minutes in start there and you will see an good example,,
Sveriges bästa lärare får en chock – och berättar hur de lyfter eleverna – Malou Efter tio (TV4) – YouTube
The next topic will be the sleep. Never underestimate a guy who can fall asleep in vertical position within 120 seconds. Well for me the recovery of a good night sleep has been a survival way. With 43 years of rational workout and hard work I cant tell that that has been my salvation. So that is one of my really most important life learning, secure you got the recovery trough a good night sleep. The last thought shall be a real good one, and the same first thing of the morning. Those small things will build you a creative and nice life. Now I speak from own experience. And you who knows me know that I got the ability fall in sleep quite fast or:-D.
The winner of the competition this week is Mattias Jansson Norway, the right answer was Frankrike and Olden. This week the price is a Ortvox first aid kit,
This days book suggestion will be: Till fjällens ände | Votum Förlag (votumforlag.se)
See ya tomorrow.
14th of December and today it will be about avalanche. Due to the global heating and the environmental changes, the risk of avalanches will increase. This at the same time as more people get interested in extreme skiing and also prolong the season from early November to May. This meaning we need more training for avoid avalanches. Today we got good forecast and avalanche prognosis. So start follow the development in the area you are going to. Avoid going out directly after a storm(bad weather) Lots of avalanches occur directly after heavy snowfall. Avoid steep slopes, if its over 25 degrees its a high risk. If possible stay on the windward side of the slopes. Read the terrain and avoid slopes that are treeless. The absence of trees may reflect that previous avalanches have occurred in the area.
If you will be in area were its risk for avalanches, there is two things that will be crucial. Got the right equipment, and have a updated good reliable training. An avalanche air bag is a good investment. A good shovel, a probe and of course a avalanche beacon. All of this gear you must be trained on for being able to use in the right way. Just because you got it will not be good enough. Why dont do it off season, you can use a slope with high grass, and let a friend hide the transceiver. You can also dig it into sand on a beach for example. Put the transceiver in a bag /sand and electronic device is not a good combination). Another good training session can be to use 10 paper bags or flower pots in a defined area. Ask your friend to put the transceiver under one of them. Now you got a good training session. And you will never be better on the transceiver search then your latest training session…Each year more than 150 persons get killed by avalanches, do not be one of them. 90% of the avalanche accident is coursed of the victim or someone in the victims party. The vast majority of avalanches (90%) occur on slopes with angles between 30 and 45 degrees. Steeper slopes tend to continually slough snow, keeping a deep snow-pack from building up. The snow-pack on flatter slopes requires more force to move. If a victim can be rescued within 18 minutes, the survival rate is greater than 91%. The survival rate drops to 34% in burials between 19 and 35 minutes.
Intro to Avalanche Transceivers for Skiers and Snowboarders – YouTube
And the book suggestion of the day:
Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain – Bruce Tremper – häftad (9781680511383) | Adlibris Bokhandel
See ya tommorow…
Today we open door thirteen and learn how to cross a river lean…
First of all, river crossing is one of the most serious things within the outdoors. Avoid it to be a happening, the more planned the better for the safety. So read the map, and foresee were or when it can be relevant. So, ground role one; a river that goes faster then your hiking speed you should avoid to cross. And the lowest layer of water will move the slowest, meaning that your feet will be able to maintain good traction in the water. Role two; avoid river crossing were the water is higher then your thighs. Rule three use a pole when crossing it will help to keep the balance. Rule four, read the river. This is more complex than it sound like. Look for a broad place, this means till probably will be more shallow there. Also look were the water has dug out, there the water can be more flowing. You can also look for tracks from big animals. They often cross at more safe places, but dont take anything for granted though. Rule five, now its time to prepare for the crossing. Keep your boots/shoes on. Yes, you will get wet, but you need to have good grip and you dont want to hurt you feet. Rule six, unclip the waist and sternum straps. Rule seven, now its time for the crossing. Move slowly over to the other side. You go with 45 degrees up streams. Rule eight, if you are a group, line up and grab each other around the back and hold on the hip, or even better to the back-pack. A stable person in the front as well as in the back. The leader can commend a step by step movement. This will be safe and stable way to go. Rule nine, and maybe the most important. Avoid river crossing and find a bridge:-), that is the safest way of river crossing….What happens if you fall into the river than? First of all dont panic, as always in dangerous situations dont panic…Float on your back, and point your feet downstream. Paddle with your arms towards the shore. Let the back pack go, it will be replaceable – You will not…
How to Cross a River Safely | Expedition Episode 20 | MSC Get Outdoors Series – YouTube
And today’s book suggestion; UIAA Alpine Summer – BMC Shop (thebmc.co.uk)
See ya tomorrow…
Today I will blog about Are in Jamtland. There are few places that evoke so much emotions. Normally I just travel trough it, but lately I’ve been staying there. And it grows its place in my heart. Here we got the only cabin cable car in Sweden (and soon it will be gone?). It is a small Chamonix in a way. The weather here is gambling. So you need to get luck, because you can be stuck in the village of Are instead of doing your adventures. But on the other hand it will not be a bad choice. With the atmosphere of settler spirit it is really nice. You find a couple of nice sport stores, and also a couple of nice cafes. And as a suggestion go to the Systembolaget,(liqueur store) and buy some local beer to bring with you. Why dont you try the Harjedals brewery, or the beer from Ottsjo brewery.
And now over to this days book suggestion. Are bilder from Ola Rockberg and Martin Alzén. Årebilder : fjället och byn genom en fotografs ögon – Ola Rockberg, Martin Alzén – Kartonnage (9789188672964) | Bokus
And now over to this weeks competition. Which is the nearest village for a attempt of the peak of Oldklumpen, a clue can be even in todays blog…Send an SMS with the right answer and name before Wednesday at ten +46 702 50 90 28
ÅRE 2021 JANUARY, SWEDISH BEST SKI RESORT – YouTube
See ya tomorrow
Today’s topic is probably one of the most important when it comes to adventure…Some are satisfied with instant coffee, while others bring there espresso brewer. Some are really into it with boiled coffee and makes it into art…So lets dive into the art. Step one will be to start the fire. Fill the coffee pot with nice and clean water. Preferable from a near stream. Grind the coffee beans roughly. Put the coffee into the cold water. Put the pot in the fire and wait until it starts to bubble. Then lift the pot and let it just stand for 4-5 minutes, until the beans and the swamp sinks to the bottom. Now you can pour it into your cup slowly. Coffee should preferable be drunk black. But you can add milk or cream powder…Another suggestion is to put a glowing stick from the fire into the coffee for a short moment. This will get the coffee the real adventure taste(a Norwegian trick that I have learned)
If you enjoy the coffee you brew at home, it is easy to bring the taste out in the wilderness with you. So how to do the filtered coffee in the outdoors? You can bring the filter holder you got at home, or you can use a special one for outdoor. This one is an example form GSI. Boil the water, place the filter holder with the filter over a cup or thermos. Dose the right amount of coffee pour little water to wet up the filter, and then after a couple of seconds pour the water over the coffee.
If this not will be enough, then try the press coffee. Here there are a lot of different solution, but Primus for example have a good one. Start with boiling water. Add the coffee into the water, and let it rest for a couple of minutes. Mount the press and push the swamp slow to the bottom. Pour up the coffee and enjoy…easy to use, light weight and the coffee smell over the mountains that is something…
I prefer the percolator when I got time and space…
MSR PocketRocket 2 + GSI 3 Cup Percolator – Total Boils – YouTube
And I realised that I have forgotten the book suggestion for todays, so here we go(The book is related to the blog for each day…)
Ultimate Navigation Manual – Lyle Brotherton – pocket (9780007424603) | Adlibris Bokhandel
I minnet gömt : kors och tvärs i svenska fjällen – Roland Lundqvist – häftad (9789175656601) | Adlibris Bokhandel
Vandra i fjällen : allt du behöver veta för att komma igång med fjällvandring – Staffan Ekholm – danskt band (9789186773892) | Adlibris Bokhandel
See ya tomorrow…
Today we open door nine, and let the sun on the southern part of Lapland shine…
(Avalanche training at Kittelfjall)
In the Kittelfjall area you can find a lot of nice spots and adventures. This area is famous for real good of pist skiing. In January I was doing the Avalanche rescue leader course here with Kittelfjall adventure. Real good training and a really nice area. But in the near you both got the Mars mountain and the Borka mountain. The history of Kittelfjall begins in 1800 with Lars Larsson and Anna Gustafsdotter who started to build the village. Today just 69 persons live here, but lots of tourist come here. So if you havent been in the area I strongly recommend it. Why not take a tour towards Marsfjallet 1590 M…
(Marsfjallet, a nice mountain for a peak tour…)
Mud – Lonely This Christmas (Official Video) – YouTube
See ya tomorrow…
The winner of this week’s competition is Goran Karlén. The price is the lifesystems heatshield bag. The correct answer was Paltsa cabin.
(this weeks price and the right answer the Paltsa cabin)
The topic of today will be Winter navigation. OK, so we take this in step by step. First of all we start with the gear. Map and compass will of course be essential. A GPS can also be good. But you cant rely on only that, so you need the compass and map as well. I also recommend some kind of altimeter. That can be very helpful when it comes to positioning. When doing the navigation up in the mountain environment, you need to be skilled in contour navigation since rivers and lakes etc. will be much more difficult to see in the snow and icy environment. Route planning will be the next step, your experience will affect the route selection. And dont forget that the days are shorter during winter time, and you also got more equipment then other times, meaning heavier pack. Now its time to start the journey. From now you must know were you are, you will get tired and got unfocused sometimes. But you must now all the time where you are. The weather can change of sudden, and with snow or wind or fog you will got no visibility. A good manner is to have a couple of ”tick off” during the relocation. Trust your compass, and you might have some bearing on a taped paper on the compass. (just a reminder; keep the compass away from the mobile phone…) Know your 100 m pace, normally a human take 60-75 double step for hundred meter. This is good if the visibility is poor. Contours is your friend, Being able to use contours to interpret slope aspect can be a lifesaving technique when you find yourself lost in poor visibility. Be aware of potential hazards, and avoid them. You must avoid avalanche terrain, Always remember ‘Ridges are bridges’ and providing they aren’t rocky aretes they provide the safest way to descend the mountain should you come across unstable windslab as they tend not to hold the snow as much as corries.
Understanding contour lines with Steve Backshall and Ordnance Survey – YouTube
FINNEAS – Let’s Fall in Love for the Night (Official Video) – YouTube
See ya tomorrow…