Friday, 14 June 2013
Within a couple of days of arriving I'd already decided my first mountain in Tromsø would be Tromsdalstinden. Within walking distance of Tromsø, it's broad form rises 1238m – significantly higher than anything in its immediate surroundings. While walking around the city I caught glimpses of the top and could see that the route up the north ridge was pretty-much snow-free, making it an obvious choice. On Thursday morning, with clear skies and pleasant temperatures, I decided it would be a good day to go for a stroll, and with my smug self-confidence still imbuing everything with a golden hue after the previous day's trip up Sørtinden, I was ready for anything.
By lunchtime, my plans had grown and blossomed into an overnighter. I had a new shelter to try out, and as the midnight sun opens up hiking hours considerably (there are no limitations on when to start or finish hiking) I planned to set off after an early dinner, be on top by around 9pm, and find somewhere to camp around 11pm.
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
I found a smallish, reasonably-easy-to-climb fjell called Sørtinden which, while a modest 450m, looked like it would afford some nice views from the top over towards the sea and nearby islands. After Enni awoke from her afternoon nap, we packed a backpack, jumped in the car and set off for a family hike.
Friday, 17 May 2013
In this edition we look at how to give your feet a break and go light with footwear.
Thursday, 16 May 2013
This of course means there will be some hiking/backpacking going on, so I'd like to take this opportunity to ask any Tromsø readers for tips.
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Part 11 of a 12-part series in which Backpacking North analyzes Backpacker magazine's recommendations to reduce your pack weight, and offers a more comprehensive selection of tips and gear recommendations from hiking blogs and experienced ultralight bloggers.
In this edition we look at the ways "smart tech" can help you achieve a lighter pack weight.
Saturday, 4 May 2013
Remember winter? It was just a few weeks ago, but until this morning already seemed a distant frostbitten memory to me until Kristin from A Pair of Boots and a Backpack posted about the Fatbike excursion I took her on in March.
Check out her excellent blog post about the trip – I think she had fun; she even made a video which makes me all nostalgic for the white stuff.
Monday, 8 April 2013
It's already April. No more excuses. It's time to make the most of what remains of winter.
It's been gorgeous weather recently – the blinding sun gives just enough heat to raise daytime temperatures above freezing. While the cross-country ski tracks in the city are looking a little the worse for wear from the warmer weather and ski-hungry crowds, the snow in the forest and on the hills is still deep and clean and virtually untouched – so that's where I'm heading.
It's going to be a short trip – a microadventure if you like – leaving home around 17:30 and back in time for my morning duties. A refreshing dose of exercise, fresh air, solitude, and relaxation, sandwiched in-between the daily rituals.
I stuff everything I can find into my pack, in this instance a Granite Gear Vapor Trail – its voluminous capacity (it can swallow small children whole) and the fact that I'll be pulling everything in my pulk means I'm less concerned with weight than usual. I strap the skis to the top, and shove the shovel underneath; it's probably overkill, but who cares. For short trips it's best not to sweat it: Don't worry. Just go.