I have a ridiculously good activity for when I go into a town. It is to scour flea markets for outdoor related items, and on some days it is just a slamdunk on all fronts. Much like today when I found hiking inspiration for the world’s most beautiful hikes – an old edition of Vagabond magazine lying in a newspaper pile for a five krona.

I also found a retro coffee thermos for twenty – it may not keep hot for half an eternity but the charm of having it to pack into my backpack for a shorter day trip is worth it. But best of all, were the old postcards I found with mountain photographs. I’ll try to find metal frames in gold to frame them and hang on the wall here at home. These fine finds just makes my heart roar.

Then I took a detour via the lake which wasn’t a bad way to spend a sunny afternoon.

Bruce Lee became known for a whole world as an actor and martial arts legend, but few people know he was also a poet. One of my favorite quotes from Bruce is that there are limits to what we can achieve and how far we can reach, there are no stops – just plates.

Sometimes, there are some such painting pictures from a different perspective to litter about a little in life. Only that is what I think this time of year needs. After all, it is time for start-up and start-up and what suits you better than to include some really important insights. Find their innerstones, take the time out in the unknown and above all dare to believe in their own inherent ability. Moving at the place where life is most friction-free, but doing it with conscious and active choices.

  1. Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.
  2. Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
  3. Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
  4. I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.
  5. The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.
  6. If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
  7. As you think, so shall you become.
  8. A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
  9. Real living is living for others.
  10. To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.
  11. If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
  12. Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.
  13. Life is never stagnation. It is constant movement, un-rhythmic movement, as we as constant change. Things live by moving and gain strength as they go.”
  14. A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
  15. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.
  16. The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.

Which is your favorite quote? Do you have a saying that you often pick up to motivate yourself in the uphill climbs of life?

If you have to call for help to the trail, there are some things that are good to know about beforehand. For example, how to dress to help rescue personnel to find you in large areas, how you should communicate and make yourself understood even in harsh weather or with poor signal and how to safely prepare for a helicopter.

Receive a helicopter – eye contact, distance and loose gadgets

The staff who work with the helicopter are well trained, be sure to keep eye contact with the helicopter driver and list to any possible uses.

  • No loose objects: The helicopter creates strong wind from the rotors so make sure there are no loose objects in the vicinity of where the helicopter will land. Keep all your personal equipment well packed away. Keep dogs under control near the helicopter. Hold on tight to or pack away all small loose objects.
  • Avoid the rear part: Never approach the helicopter straight from behind – the tail rotor is powerful, difficult to see and can endanger life. Approach obliquely from the front.
  • Protect your eyes: Make sure not to look straight at the helicopter when it lands, for the strong force of the rotors can pull up sand and gravel that can get into your eyes.

Get Found – Make sure to be easily seen

Make sure to make as good a signal as possible for you to be found for those looking for you on the ground or from the air.

  • Smoke is visible across long distances, so lighting a fire can be a good way to draw attention to your position.
  • Bright colours contrast with nature: Wear, or have a big object/bag cover in a bright colour like orange or clear blue – it breaks up natures colors and catches the attention from personnel trying to find you.

Communicate clearly

Strong wind and poor satellite connection can cause problems with understanding information over the phone. You can use the standardised phonetic alphabet to avoid misunderstandings. Think about what to say before you start talking.

Swedish Phonetic Alphabet:

  • Adam
  • Bertil
  • Cesar
  • David
  • Erik
  • Filip
  • Gustav
  • Helge
  • Ivar
  • Johan
  • Kalle
  • Louis
  • Martin
  • Niklas
  • Olof
  • Petter
  • Qvintus
  • Viktor
  • Wilhelm
  • Xerxes
  • Yngve
  • Zata
  • Åke
  • Honest
  • East

NATO Phonetic Alphabet:

  • Alpha
  • Bravo
  • Charlie
  • Delta
  • Echo
  • Foxtrot
  • Golf
  • Hotel
  • India
  • Juliet
  • Kilo
  • Lima
  • Mike
  • November
  • Oscar
  • Papa
  • Quebeck
  • Roger
  • Sierra
  • Tango
  • Uniform
  • Victor
  • Whiskey
  • X ray
  • Yankee
  • Zulu

Stockholm offered romantic big snowflakes slowly falling to the ground, light swirled around the houses and balloons outside the Morakniv Concept Store which opened at Kungsgatan 19 this day. I was invited to the opening party and was super happy to meet other ambassadors and several famous faces.

Oudoor cook Elle made the food in picking style that was served on wooden trays, on the floor there were big stones brought  from Dalarna and on the walls all possible knife models, the super nice gadgets that Morakniv developed together with Sandqvist and in the bookshelf there is the book Vandra to find.

If you also have the roads past Stockholm then you just have to look in and feel a scent of Dalarna and load for the next adventure.

   

 

As in winter, there are few things that go against being out. Although it sometimes takes to go out in snowy weather and too many freezing temperatures, it is usually very lovely when one comes out – at least with the right equipment, some thought and preparation. Hiking in the winter simply requires a little more preparation.

Clothing and equipment on winter hiking

It is stock in stock that applies, just like in the summer. Start with a cuddly undergarment – preferably in wool – closest to the body and then build on with intermediate layer and an outer layer that protects against cold, wind and snow. Hats, mittens and other heating accessories are of course equally important to supplement with. Please bring an extra shirt in your bag for when you stay or if it would be really cold. A dry change can be a lifesaver. If you get sweaty, you get wet and then cold and frostbite come as a letter on the post. Middle – maybe something brutal – mantra is “Sweat you so you die”. Remember to adjust the body heat using the different clothing layers.

In the shoe front, halkan is sneaky. Ice and snow make it especially important to be careful when walking and looking out where you put your feet. I like to use shoes from Icebug in the winter. Either models with extra good grip sole – made of winter tires – or with studs if it is really slippery and icy. What I like about their models is that they are soft and comfortable, not at all as hard as I can experience that other double shoes may be sometimes. Wool socks keep your toes warm! It also works to run on your regular hiking boots and supplement with a warm wool sole. If you are going out into the terrain and hiking, it is both fun and functional to use snowshoes. It is often possible to rent snowshoes if you want to try.

Sleeping outdoors in winter

Use a four-season setting that is adapted to cope with winter stress. With one such, the canvas goes all the way to the ground, it can withstand heavy snowfall and the tent pins are adapted for winter environments. A good idea may also be to pack down a snow shovel if you need to arrange around the tent site or maybe even dig a bivouac if needed. Avoid camping in sinks, where extra cold air is collected.

It is never fun to freeze when one is going to sleep – I know from my own experience that it is virtually impossible to sleep huttrande. Run on a warm and cuddly sleeping bag and you are at home. Dual sleeping mats are also underneath to close out the ground cold which can be really stressful if the temperature drops properly.

Breaks, routines, food and drinks in winter

As in the summer, it is important to wear extra clothes when you stay so that you do not get cold. Think again about the layer principle and regulate body temperature. Drink something hot on the break. For their own part, it is coffee that applies, otherwise tea, hot chocolate, mulled wine, juice, broth or hot soup from a thermos can be adequate and equally strengthening alternatives. It may be something with sugar in, so you fill up the energy pouches. It is demanding to walk and no one wins on blood sugar levels and inexperience. Whether you or your hiking buddies. Otherwise, it is always important with energy-rich food and snacks – in the winter it is especially important to focus on hot food when you are out.

The temperature can change quickly, so have the tentacles out on what’s happening around you. Also listen carefully to the body in the winter. Be wary of how it feels in toes, fingers and face – frostbite can occur quickly. Also help each other as you walk and watch each other, on each other. If you notice yourself or a friend starting to be affected by the cold, stop right away.

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