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Crossing Borders, Day 2 – Cornellana to Tineo

Second day I set out to Tineo. I had 32km in front of me with 1 100 height meters covered mostly in some excruciating ascents. Weather was warm, very warm, hazy and humid.
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Not long until I felt the effect of running in the heat. I Stuck to my plan. Walking uphill and maintaining a very slow pace. 24 degrees Centigrades is warm for a runner.

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There is something special about having a whole gravel road for myself. The only sound was the birds, wind and that from my steps as I moved along.

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I reached Salas and decided to have a quick lunch stop. Was I wrong! The owner of this small place decided that I should try all seven dishes he had prepared for lunch. So the lunch stop took the time it needed and I started out again with a big smile and new friends.

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After Salas the ascents started. First slow and then with more inclination. The path took me into a forest on the hill where it was cooler. Ihad the poles ready so I could use my arms while climbing.

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The reward was to reach the top and look out over the landscape with the windmills through the mist. All very quiet. Bliss.

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Then through some villages and into the forest again. The contrast between the dark forests and the white light of Asturias is amazing. Like being in a story book.

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’Why are you doing the camino?’, said the old man I met. This led to a talk about life, goals and what is important. We said good bye and he waved me off as I continued up the hill leaving his village behind.

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The views approaching St Eulalia are spectacular. Dense forests and up in the hills.

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Downhill, finally! I had a long stretch and loved it! Skipping, serpentining (made up verb) and enjoying.

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I got to Tineo and the town was covered in mist as I approached. Lovely people and so welcoming.

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Late dinner at Palacio De Merás where I happened upon the director of the hotel. We talked about the Camino and compared notes. Their services for the pilgrims are excellent. Recommend to come here when in Tineo.

Crossing Borders, Day 1 – Oviedo to Cornellana

First day started with getting my credentials at the cathedral in Oviedo. These are essential to get the certificate of completing the camino in Santiago de Compostela.

To Cornellana I had 38km and 1000 height meters in front of me.

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Finding my way out of Oviedo was tricky, but with a map and indications from friendly locals, I made the 4km to where the city ended and the Asturian landscape took over.

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Lots of up and down, different terrain and more pilgrims than anticipated. I must have met at least ten during the day. They all shook their heads when they saw me running past with a ”Buen Camino!”. I used my cup to fill up with water at the water fountains I passed, very refreshing!,

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There were so many lovely views on the way. I stopped to take photos and enjoyed the whole journey. Counted smiles along the way. Lunch and two coffee stops.

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The path crosses into forests and it is almost like Gandalf or Legolas could pop out around the corner. Truly magical. Good shoes, poles and extra energy (fruit, nuts etc) is recommended. Water is essential! I started the day with 1,5 liters in my camelback.

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The landscape took me across some rivers and through some lovely small villages. Then the path quickly turned away into the wilderness and I was alone again. True bliss!

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As I came to the highest point of the trail the views changed and on the way down to Cornellana i passed along the side of the hill as well as into the forest again.

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Finally arrived and had a late dinner, some yoga, looking at pictures and the fell asleep. Today I will continue to Tineo and am expecting even more fantastic views.

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Follow me as I go – Satellite tracking!

This is available in the main menu bar under ’My Adventure’ select ’Satellite Tracking!!’.

Using the service Mapongram and my Spot Gen 3 (satellite tracker, which I carry with me), it will be possible to follow my progress on the Camino Primitivo here on this map. Modern technology put to good use! 

The satellite tracker also allows me to let my family and contacts know that I am well. In case of an emergency I can send a distress message to the national rescue service for immediate assistance. Good to be safe.

On my way – Wheels up was at 06:20 am

I am off for my adventure, Crossing Borders. Excited, nervous, full of energy? All of the above and more! I am at the finish line of preparations and at the same time soon crossing the starting line of my adventure!!

Weather
I can expect between 17 to 24 degrees Centigrades with a between 17% to 27% chance of rain every day during the whole expedition. Colder and bigger chance of rain at the beginning in Asturias. Then it will grow warmer and less likelihood of rain as I enter Galicia.

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I will need to drink a lot during my expedition. I estimate 1 to 1,5 liter per hour when I run. I will mix mineral and electrolyte tablets with the water in my Camelback.

Nature, plants, wolves and bears
The terrain will be challenging. Lots of up and down and very diverse. Thorn bushes with sharp thorns and burning nettles hanging over the path. Loose stones, roots across the path and pot holes in the ground. Covering the legs and using the trail running technique to the fullest.

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There are wild bears and wolves in the area but most likely they will stay away from the noisy runner on the path. If I encounter any of them I will be cautious, talk loudly and remain calm while backing away slowly. I will definitely write about it on the blogg!

Equipment
I have made an inventory list, I have weighed everything and this is what will make up my clothes, shoes and the content of my backpack. It weighs 5,3kg and my running gear adds 1,3 kg more. Total 6.6kg all in all.

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Inside the backpack I have a waterproof bag in which I have put everything sensitive to water. Rain jacket is as always right under the lid of the backpack.

Safety first!
I have focused on the first aid and safety equipment. With my own knowledge, the advice of Olivia from Adventure Medicine and from Fredrik Karlsson from Twitch, I am bringing with me a good and thought through kit.

Running gear
Shoes, poles, running clothes, poles and shoes are all my favorites and thoroughly tested in battle. No changes, and no surprises.

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Relaxing clothes and compression tights for after I arrive to each daily destination will be welcome.

Photos, videos, blogg
Technology will be a big part since I want to bring home memories and share my experiences. I expect to see spectacular views and maybe if I am lucky some exciting wildlife!

Technology

The Powertrekk fuel cell charger from myFC is with me and will ensure that I have power regardless of where I am.

Haglöfs Adventure Academy – Class of 2014
Crossing Borders is my examination project at the academy. The training has been crucial for this expedition. Therefore I will sign off with a statement from Ola Skinnarmo, our principal at Haglöfs Adventure Academy: ”Preparations and research is what ensures that one will reach your goal with a big smile”. So true.

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Ström2 sponsrar Crossing Borders och ”Läkare Utan Gränser”

Fredrik Hjorth

Ström2 kliver in som supporting sponsor i Crossing Borders. Bra företag som levererar kvalificerade tekniska tjänster i tuffa miljöer inom bank, finans och hos försvarsmakten. Riktigt roligt!!

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När man jobbar i ett tradingrum där tempot är högt, är det viktigt att kunna fatta och genomföra rätt beslut. Vi har arbetat med Fredrik Hjorth under åren och denna kunskap är något som han tagit med sig i sitt äventyr Crossing borders. Han har förberett sig både mentalt, praktiskt och fysiskt. Det är något som vi på Ström2 verkligen står bakom.

Insamlingen till Läkare Utan Gränser stämmer helt överens med vår värdegrund. Vi uppmuntrar till aktiva medarbetare och vet att om man mår bra, klarar man ett högre arbetstempo, tar fler rätta beslut och bidrar med drivkraft kring handlarrummen.

Twitch supporting sponsor till Crossing Borders – ett äventyr som gör skillnad, häng med du också!

Mer goda nyheter! Twitch Health Capital som jag har fått lära känna under de senaste åren har gått in i mitt projekt Crossing Borders som supporting sponsor. Bra värderingar och bra människor. Känns riktigt bra!

Läs artikeln på deras hemsida här!!

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”Vi är glada över att vara en av ett fåtal utvalda supporting sponsors till Fredriks äventyr Crossing Borders då vi sympatiserar med vikten av och drivkraften att hjälpa andra, att ha en tydlig målbild, noggranna förberedelser för att nå uppsatta mål och samtidigt njuta av vägen till målet. Kopplingen till förändring inom livsstil och beteende är på det viset uppenbar. Vi hoppas genom vårt engagemang kunna sprida kännedomen om Crossing Borders och att vi därigenom kan öka bidragen till Läkare Utan Gränser – tillsammans gör vi större skillnad.”, säger Fredrik Karlsson, VD Twitch.

Fredrik Hjorth med Fredrik Karlsson.

Crossing borders to make a difference – SIX Financial Information

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I have shared my ideas behind this adventure with companies that I work with. Some of them decided to stand behind this adventure and initiative as a supporting sponsor. SIX Financial Information is the first one out! I have included the first part of their article from their news feed below. Good news and good energy!

Read the news article here from their news feed!!

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SIX is proud to support Fredrik Hjorth on the trails of northen Spain, running 300 kilometers in 10 days and raising funds for people in need. The journey starts on July 24.

This summer,Fredrik Hjorth has taken on a very tough challenge. He will he stretch 300 kilometers in 10 days on Camino Primitivo, ”The Original Way”, in just 10 days. But this is not just a spectacular run, it is also a call to action – to contribute to people in need. This is why SIX has decided to follow and support Fredrik on his endeavor.”

Onsite field test in Asturias

Preparations and being ready for the unexpected
Trail running 300km with 8 000 height meters in a foreign country in 10 days. How does one prepare for a challenge like this? The short answer is of course research, plan ahead, prepare and practice. By thinking through the adventure as a whole it is possible to list what could happen and what is required.

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This is a process where time, good advisers and patience is required. I have identified essential things, which I cannot do without (backpack, shoes, first aid kit, clothing, communication tools etc). Then I listed the non-essential things in a prioritized list in order to decide what I could bring along depending on the final setup of the adventure.

Testing out findings and equipment
I have tried out different components of the equipment in order to decide which one would suit me best for this challenge. It has been everything from clothes, cameras, chargers etc. Then once I have decided I familiarized myself with each single thing. The purpose was to be able to use the gear I bring with me without guessing how to use it when it is needed.

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I have updated my skills in first aid and I strongly recommend everyone to do the same. An unopened first aid kit is not as good as one where the things inside have been used and replaced with new ones and knowledge on how to use it properly.

Since the adventure will take me through remote parts I have decided to use a satellite tracker, Spot Gen 3 fastened in the mesh pocket on the lid of my backpack. It is now a good friend and I am comfortable with how to use it to let my family know that I am ok as well as to send out for emergency assistance. In essence, it all comes down to practice, practice and then practice. It is as true as it is said, repetition is the mother of all knowledge.

On site field test of equipment in Asturias
Two weeks ago on Midsummer’s day, I flew to Spain to continue to trek along the Northern Route (in Spanish: Camino del Norte). I have been doing this with my girlfriend Sabrina about one week every Summer for the last three years. It is one of those things we look forward to and enjoy doing. This year we went back to where we ended last Summer in Villaviciosa in Asturias to trek through the region to the border of Galicia.

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For me this was the perfect opportunity to try out the equipment and clothes for my adventure, Crossing Borders, on site under similar conditions. As it turned out this was a valuable trial and after 6 days and 160km of mainly trekking, I came home with notes and feed back on what I needed to take into consideration.

Conclusions and findings from the field test
So what did I learn? After a few days I noticed that the socks I had chosen left a gap between my skin and the back of the shoe, which then hit the back of my ankle. After this going on for a few days it caused a burn, which in turn could become a blister. I managed this by cleaning and then taping the skin. I kept it under close watch and made it home with no blisters. These socks are now replaced with another model and are staying home. This could have been a real problem during the expedition.

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The shoes I have chosen, sponsored by Salomon, S-LAB XT 6, worked great on trails, gravel and in terrain. However, not so much on asphalt. After long distances where the path merged with regular roads my feet were feeling tired and tender. Knowing the effect from this trip and given the terrain for my adventure I will keep the shoes and now know what do to depending on the surface. The poles from Exped are so far the best ones I have found. Light, durable and easy to use.

My backpack is a Gram 25 from Haglöfs and it is light and comfortable to wear while trekking and running. Good pockets and easy to fit. I will keep this one!

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Total weight carried was 5.5kg plus 1,5 liters of water. I would like to lower the weight of my pack with 1kg. I have reviewed the items and their purposes and have updated the list in order to lower the total weight of the equipment. Feels somewhat like chasing a white whale, but with some common sense I am sure I can improve the quality/weight ratio. The hunt for lighter yet durable things is on!

By selecting another headlight with the same batteries as the satellite tracker and a pocket knife instead of the multi tool, I lowered the weight with 300g! So there are things to do here. More news later when the list of items is decided.

What is next?
I am putting the last pieces together, checking the gear and deciding on the tactics for how to complete the adventure in the allocated time frame. Sabrina will be my local emergency contact in Madrid. She will be continuously updated on my location and status. I will leave some extra funds and identification papers with her  in case mine are lost. She will also join me for some parts to cheer me on. Keeping spirits high is important during a challenge like this one.

I will have a packed bag near the route with spare shoes and gear, which can be sent out to my location in case something is broken or lost.

Happy Fredrik!

Preparation is key to reach the target with a big smile as my instructor Ola Skinnarmo from the Haglöfs Adventure Academy taught us.

Thank you! Keep spreading the news!

 

Thank you all for your support for this project and for spreading the word! So good to have you with me in this. It is a real energy boost! Stay tuned and I will keep posting updates right here on the blog and on the Facebook page as well!

Don’t forget to make your donation to the work of Doctors Without Borders right here!

Fundraising page: My Adventure – Crossing Borders!

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