We are located in Lisa Lindblom county. More particularly in Asarna in Jamtland. A fast look at the clock says me it is 05.02. The Husky have woken me up. He can feel the mountain air, like myself. The high air and the atmosphere is there. I get up, dressed and ready for a morning hike along the Ljungan. I breath in the clear air, and feel the excitement. After a breakfast we driving towards Bydalen. This day it is the peak of Drommen and the peak of Vastfjallet that is the goal. We park at he bottom of the Drommen ski-lift. The husky is eager, so as I. The first part is in the ski-slope. just for taking height. But soon we get a nice view of the Bydalen valley. After we passing the creek it is time to climb upwards. The trail is easy to follow, and soon we can reach the peak. The wind is hitting us, with 18 m/s it is quite windy. The trail downwards it easy and with a extraordinary view of the valley. Soon we are back to the starting point and it is time for the second peak. This one is a bit easier, and after passing Fjallhalsen the trail start to be upwards. The trail is nice and I am just floating with the peak in sight. When the trail turn left, we got hit by the wind again. But the view over Storsjon is magnificent. The view give us extra energy and soon er are standing at the peak. The wind almost lift me up, and we turn back to the trail. Soon we are down and can ascertain the two out of three peaks is done. One left to go. After a good sleep at persasen, we driv to Graftavallen. We park the car and the Husky is eager to get on the trail again. This day will be a bit more challenging. Here there is no trail, so we have to discover the best way up. We start up in the Ski-slope. And follow a small trail, But soon it is time to read the map and use the compass. We pass three plateaus before we can see the real peak of Ostfjallet. But when we got it in sight the speed increase. A couple of minutes later we reach the peak pile. It is still a hard wind, and pretty fast we start downhill again. But the view here is also fantastic. The Oviksfjallen has exercises its magic over me. It is marvellous how many different mountains there is in the area…
Three persons , three peaks and three badges:-)
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Becoming a guide has demands. This means that what you say and do will make an impression. Every single second you will be valued. Therefore it is of utmost importance to reflect over yourself. It is hard to see you own weakness and shortcomings. With pride comes spirit, the spirit to become professional. So are you proud of being a guide -that is a good question to ask yourself. What is your scheme for becoming even better? This year I have been focusing of avalanche safety and navigation. Every single moment when I got the opportunity I have been practising it. And I started to feel much more confident in my role as a guide. (Matt Larsson-Clifford have made me becoming a better guide)
Early morning, the atmosphere in the breakfast room can be felt. Everyone is a bit quite, eats and chews in silence. The evening before everyone got the instruction for the day. I am looking at my clients, thinking about the man which wife called me a couple of days before telling that he is frighten for heights. This will be interesting. We gear up, and start the walk from Hotel Alpina in Chamonix towards the cable car to Aguille du Midi. The weather is nice and 10 minutes later we stand in the line. Quite fast we get up ti middle station and em-barque the the last part of the cable-car. Up at Aguille du Midi we gather in the ice cave. I’m fix the rope, and the participants starts to lock in. I’m looking into the eyes of the man with frighten of heights. I ask him how he feels, and he reply -fine, I feel elated this will be great. Good I think. A couple of tourists looking at us, and ask about our gear. We step into the void, the ridge of Aguille du Midi. Step by step we walk downhills. As usual slow, very slow in the beginning with the suction in the stomach. The weather with the sun is fantastic. We stop and take picture, and just enjoying. We keep the pace and soon we are close to Mont Blanc du Tacul. Here we speed up for the block and serac falling. We pass a couple of crevasses, but struggle in good speed up to pointe Hellbrunner. Sipping on a Italian Cappuccino, and reflect over the days adventure everyone is satisfied. And now its time for the cable car over the trail we walked during the day. See it from above give a new perspective over the days event. At Aguille du Midi we take some time for enjoying the view. But soon we going down, back to 1000m over sea level again in Chamonix. The evening is spend on a nice restaurant with savoyen food.
And the best workout music ever…just F***** go for it. Hit the target…Volume to max!!
Darude – Sandstorm – YouTube
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”To adapt the adventure to its ability and prevailing position” That would be my description of mountain safety. When you know what you know and not thinking of what you know, then it happens that you feel comfortable. And that what it is all about to feel comfortable. The planning of a tour is the basic. Read the map of understanding the area. Is there any risk you can see directly, and if how to avoid? Look into river passing, steep ground etc. How can the wind direction affect me? Where do I have my escape route if I got injured or if the weather become bad. So know I have build up a basic knowledge base of the area, whats next? Now its time to do the route planning. Still use the map and now it is also time to get the compass. Take head direction and you can also mark spots at the map, even with ”soft” time lines. If it get fog or white out with snow, you still have the head direction for your targets. Challenge yourself with spending time in the outdoor environment with map, compass and navigate. This will build up your self confidence. That you will need when the weather and the sight is bad. So ok, now you know your limits, and you have done the planning whats next then? The next step will be the equipment, the gear. So from a mountain safety perspective what would you think of? After a couple of years in the outdoor I can recommend clear colours. If you end up in a situation it is much easier to find a person in mountain environment if you got clear colours on your jacket for example. A wind-shelter is also a safety gear you shall bring. First aid-kit and of course map and compass. A extra ration of food is also good to bring. Some kind of communication equipment is also good to bring, the mobile phone may not got coverage so do not trust on that solution. This will be the minimum of gear to bring(the list need to be build up depending on type of adventure and time of the year. Winter has it own needs of gear) Now it is still two thing to do: Check the weather of the area for a couple of weeks before you going to the area. this will help you to understand a bit of the wind directions etc. And also inform someone about where and how you planned your route. So now you probably are ready for the hike, but you want to challenge your knowledge to become more confident. So now what to do? Here the guide comes in to the plan. Book a guide for one day or more, that will develop your skills a lot. That the solution for that. So get out there and ”break a leg” mate…
Tierra Pro Series | presents Alpina Fjällräddningen – YouTube
An epic start of the season: Ski touring Tolpagorni, Kebnekaise – YouTube
Feel Me (Chill Mix) – Jjos – YouTube
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I grow up in working class family. But my mother was a leader in Friluftsframjandet, and my father has been competing in cycling. I was raised in skating school and skiing school. The weekends were spend in the nature. So there I got my interest for the outdoor. When I started to competing in cycling in 1978 I also got the taste of the adrenaline and the thrill of competing. Parallel I still was in the Outdoor. While the other classmate went to disco, we went out to a wind shelter. But we visit the disco from outside. But by wearing the Fjallraven Greenland jacket the outlook done as we looks like communist at that time. That should all the people wearing this outfit today ha ha. Well by the interest of the outdoor it was not far to the Army. So I decided to do the service for 15 mounts. The winter training were excellent and I got my first avalanche training at that time. But the best was the real leadership practice. I continued in the service for 17 years and was captain when I decided for leaving. It was not a job, it was a lifestyle and that I can still miss. Therefore I think the interest of the outdoor was beginning to grow. In the business I also got the opportunity to been leader in wide are such as telecommunication, communication, IT-outsourcing companies, and banking and insurance. At the moment I’ve visit +30 countries in the world and that has enriched me in many way. But that is a whole other history. But I also feed my Outdoor interest and drive a own guiding company. I am also Vice chairman and treasurer for the Swedish mountain leader organisation for the third year. And most of all I am still learning about the outdoor skills. This year I’ve been to a mountain every month; Kittefjall, Bydalen, Salen, Helags, Sonfjallet, Skuleberget and now I am planning for the July adventure.
News in the outdoor of Sweden tells us that the Landowners in the south of Are-fjallen want the hikers to pay a fee. This related to the worn of the trails in the area. It is not possible to do it by the law, but as a voluntarily fee. The suggested cost will be about ~200 euro. So from 0 to 200 euro. I think it is a giant first step….But this show us the road ahead. This might be a backside of the Corona invasion related to our Swemester (Swecation).
The Swedish outdoor company Silva has been bought of a risk investment company. Verdone will be the new owners and the goal is to increase the profits and to speed up the digitisation.
And if you are curious about my upcoming July adventure, here is the plan. Me and the husky are gong up to Jamtland. The Bydalen area. We will try to reach three peaks of Bydalen. Vaster-fjallet (1158m), Osterfjallet (1211m) and Drommen (1140m).
Gandagana | Georgian Trap Music (Lyrics) – YouTube
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