Norge på Langs, Norway, Trails

The Great Wait

Last week the sun hit the village of Abisko for the first time. Yes, we are still here, biding our time and patiently waiting for the conditions to be good enough to continue. This great wait will proceed until the end of this month, as we are now working and have a contract until the… Continue reading The Great Wait

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Norge på Langs, Norway, Trails

Reisadalen and a stormy crossing into Finland

The thermometer showed -16°C when we left the hotel in Kautokeino at 10 in the morning. The temperature we were actually feeling was -23°C. It was a crisp, clear morning, everything sparkled in the sunlight. Every twig, every blade of grass, every needle on every pine tree was frozen and covered with a thick layer… Continue reading Reisadalen and a stormy crossing into Finland

Norge på Langs, Norway, Trails

Finnmarksvidda

The crossing of Finnmarksvidda had made me nervous all along. While going over the maps during preparations it was always there: a huge empty spot on the map, barren, exposed, prone to very sudden changes in weather, only few cabins and they are far in between. Our encounter with the Germans in Honningsvåg did not… Continue reading Finnmarksvidda

Norge på Langs, Norway, Trails

To Olderfjord

While setting up camp on the south side of Nordkapstunnelen we noticed that the weather forecast had changed. Initially we had a 10 day good weather window reported, but all of the sudden a storm was bound to blow in during the night. At around 2 A.M. the winds picked up. Our tent, pitched on… Continue reading To Olderfjord

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Nordkapp

When I retreated to my own bed for the final time on the evening of the 8th of October I had an odd feeling about it. I've always thought that the strangest moment of any expedition is the final night you sleep in your own bed, in the knowledge that when you put down your… Continue reading Nordkapp

Great Himalaya Trail, Trails

Shadows of the Himalaya

Nearly seven months ago I left Kathmandu on a panoramic flight over the himals of Nepal, beautifully outlined against a clear winter sky. I looked out the window, recognizing many of the major landmarks I had come to describe as the ‘white giants’. I remember feeling emotional at the sight of them, just as though… Continue reading Shadows of the Himalaya

Great Himalaya Trail, Trails

GHT Fun Facts

Taplejung - Simikot 127 days Trail slogan: "And we climb, and we climb, and we climb." Distance covered: 1263 km Average km/day: 13,5 km Total vertical gain/loss: 123930 m Ascent: 63640m Descent: 60290 m Average vertical gain&loss/day: 1318 m Number of times we climbed Everest from sea level: 14 Number of walking days: 94 Number… Continue reading GHT Fun Facts

Great Himalaya Trail, Trails

The battle for the finish: Gamgadhi – Simikot

On the morning we started heading for the finish line, we woke to find the mountains covered in a fresh blanket of snow. There was a sweet smell to the air: in Gamgadhi it had only rained, and the air was clean now. It smelled of crispy mornings and fresh water. It was nice to… Continue reading The battle for the finish: Gamgadhi – Simikot

Great Himalaya Trail, Trails

Rara Lake

Staying put in Jumla for two days was much needed. We were utterly destroyed when we hobbled in there, the beds brought some comfort on our sore bodies. The only thing really missing was heating: the dining room became nice and warm when the stove was lit, but the bedrooms remained cold. Power was down… Continue reading Rara Lake

Great Himalaya Trail, Trails

Lost in the West, part II: the way to Dunai that turned into the way to Jumla

Musikot was not a very touristy place, by the stares of it. We thought hardly any tourists come here at all: there were no signs in English and everywhere we went we gathered a crowd of followers. "What are they doing? What are they buying?", the followers would ask each other. We wandered around aimlessly… Continue reading Lost in the West, part II: the way to Dunai that turned into the way to Jumla