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Paket, planering och nya utmaningar!

Paket från Kropp Challenge till alla deltagare fullproppat med massa bra saker och inspiration. Bok om Görans expedition, pannlampa, frystorkad mat, drybag etc. Rätt coolt att de som stod bakom Göran Kropps expedition har skickat med saker till oss som deltar. Stort tack, de kommer väl till pass. Perfekt present när jag sitter med projektplanen för mitt äventyr.

Paket till deltagarna

Planering pågår
Jag gillar verkligen planeringen och förberedelserna inför ett äventyr. Givetvis gillar jag att få genomföra expeditionen än mer, men under förberedelserna är jag i tanken redan på väg  på cykeln, in med ryggsäcken till mitt base camp eller på väg upp för berget mot toppen. Det är en häftig känsla som sprider sig i hela kroppen när jag tänker på det!

Målet!

Dit ska jag!
Cykla från Stockholm upp till Nikkaloukta, vandra in till bergets fot för att sen ta mig upp på toppen 23/5 2016 och ner igen. Allt för egen maskin och med bibehållen säkerhet. Och viktigast av allt, mycket glädje och kaffe! Kommer träffa härliga människor och göra nya bekantskaper längs vägen. Vänner kommer vara med delar av resan och tänk om jag har tur att få se en björn!

Fredrik på väg

Tre äventyr i ett
En stor charm med äventyret är att det består av tre moment, cykla, vandra och sen bestiga Kebnekaise. En extra utmaning i planeringen är hur de tre hänger ihop och direkt påverkar varandra. Utrustningen för vandringen och bestigningen ska vara med på cykeln.  Påverkan av väder, vind och saker som händer på vägen. Planeringen och förberedelserna är i full gång, superkul!

Nya utmaningar kräver nya kunskaper
Av de tre momenten är det bestigningen av Kebnekaises sydtopp som blir den största utmaningen rent kunskapsmässigt. För att få tillräckligt med kunskap och övning innan så åker jag ner 10 dagar till Sierra Nevada sista veckan i februari för att på plats gå en kurs i bergsalpinism med vinterfokus.

Foto: Spanish Heights - Sierra Nevada

Min vän Vilma kommer med ner och vi går kursen tillsammans. Efteråt ska vi genomföra ”Trés Picos” och bestiga de tre högsta topparna i området och praktisera det vi lärt oss på kursen. Kommer bli grymt!

Fredrik och Vilma

Cykeltouring – En ny bekantskap
Att hantera en tyngre cykel med tung packning två veckor i sträck kommer bli nytt och utmanande. Jag lutar åt att packa allt i väskor som jag hänger på cykeln och med min ryggsäck fastspänd över väskorna bak.

Varför jag inte väljer en vagn beror främst på att de flesta som gör cykeltouring väljer just väskor som man hänger på cykeln. En vagn kan bli problem med ytterligare hjul som kan gå sönder. Tester påbörjas i april, mer rapporter om cykelmomentet kommer då.

Maj  runt Kebnekaise är blött och ensligt
Fjällstationerna är stängda och vandringen kommer vara tung, stundvis tung snö och blött. Att hålla sig torr samt torka blöta saker utan att ha ett torkrum ligger på listan av saker att öva på. Sen är det inte mycket folk där och fjällstationen är stängd.

Det blir en hel del backträning med tung packning, ca 30 kg, i veckorna efter jobbet och på helgerna. Försöker få in två till tre pass i veckan i vart fall.

Foto: Vilma Herlin

Så från Nikkaluokta bär jag in allt som behövs för vägen in, upp, ner och ut igen.  Har redan börjat tälta ute och testa utrustningen. Siktar på minst en natt i tält per vecka när jag är i Sverige. Så härligt att vakna upp i skogen, fantastiskt! Ser redan fram mot nästa gång och rapport kommer!

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Kropp Challenge – Yttersta Tvärgränd till Kebnekaises topp!

I vår kommer jag än en gång hänga av mig kostymen och lämna tradingrummet för att bege mig ut och göra en skillnad. Det kommer bli äventyr, utmaning och en möjlighet att hjälpa andra.

Kropp Challenge
I fredags lanserades Kropp Challenge, som är är en fantastisk hyllning till äventyraren Göran Kropp och hans expedition till Mount Everest 1995/1996. I Görans anda ska man cykla till berget, bära in sin packning själv, ta sig hela vägen till toppen, tillbaks ner och sedan hem igen – allt av egen kraft.

Kropp Challenge - Anmäld!

Ett bra och inspirerande initiativ och riktigt kul att jag var först att anmäla mig. Hann träffa Renata Chlumska i fredags och nu är planeringen i full gång!

Från Yttersta Tvärgränd till Kebnekaise!
Att få starta från Yttersta Tvärgränd i Stockholm som Göran Kropp gjorde 1995 känns helt rätt. Med cykel kommer jag därifrån att ta mig själv och all min utrustning hela vägen upp (ca 1 500 km) till Nikkaloukta där jag sen packar om och fortsätter till fots in till Kebnekaises fjällstation. Därifrån ska jag bestiga Kebnekaises topp och sen ta mig ner igen innan jag beger mig hem. Visst kommer det bli tufft, men det kommer också bli grymt roligt! Längtar!

Blogg, Facebook och Instagram
Alla mina förberedelser, planering och genomförande kommer jag skriva om och du kommer kunna läsa om det på Outside Sweden och här på min blogg. Följ mig också på min Facebook sida (My Adventures – Crossing Borders)! På Instagram heter jag peacerichdeer.

Insamling till de drabbade i Nepal
Att få hjälpa andra är en viktig del i mitt liv och än idag behöver Nepal fortfarande mycket hjälp. Jag kommer dedikera mitt äventyr till en insamling till förmån för de drabbade i Nepal.

Böneflaggor - Moränryggen

Känns helt rätt att få vara med igen och göra en skillnad. Ingen kan göra allt, men alla kan vi göra något. Det här blir mitt sätt att bidra. Häng med du också!

Nu börjar det!
Planering och förberedelser är viktiga delar och nu börjar det. Tillsammans med mina samarbetspartners kommer det bli en hel del kunskapsinhämtning, träning och test av utrustning. Oerhört roligt! Till topps!

Foto: Daniel Börjesson

 

My Adventure – Crossing Borders, Fundraiser Result!

This wise man in a village in Asturias asked me why I did what I was doing. A good question and after a few seconds I told him about Crossing Borders, the fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders and how I wanted to bring attention to their work in order to engage even more people. I am glad I met this man, the answer to his question stayed with me during my adventure and helped me when the going was tough. 20140727-115823-43103231.jpg

330km in 8 days, I must have been crazy!! This has been the toughest challenge I have undergone so far. At times I seriously questioned what I was doing. It was tough but it was also a great experience. All the positive feed back along the way and thinking about the good cause, kept me going. Looking at the end result of the project and the fund raiser makes me want to go out again.

The final number collected to the emergency fund of Doctors Without Borders was SEK 72 700 via the Crossing Borders fundraising page!! Together we can truly make a difference!

My adventure, Crossing Borders, has brought attention to their work and inspired others to either become monthly donation subscribers, to send in extra gifts to their cause or even start their own fund raisers!

Crossing Borders managed to engage 10 000+ people through different channels like Doctors Without Borders, Spanish Tourist Bureau, Supporting Sponsors and more. Thank you all for spreading the word! 

This week I met with Antonia Danielsson and Anna-Karin Modén at Doctors Without Borders in Stockholm. it was really good to meet them and to be able to present the project and the results we have achieved. It was a happy ambience and I tried to answer all their questions about the expedition and preparations. We also discussed possibilities moving forward. So stay tuned!

Anna-Karin Modén, Fredrik Hjorth och Antonia Danielsson

THANK YOU!!
A special thank you to all of you who have participated in the fundraiser. I could not have done this without you!

Supporting Sponsors
SIX Financial Information
Ström2
Twitch Health Capital
MJ Training Club
Presentationsteknik.Com

Participants
Ullink S/A
Johan Aronsson
Emil Rimling
Ragnhild Hjorth (Lovely mother :-)!!)
Sabrina Bou
Eva Hjorth
Annelie Krepp
Johan Magnusson
Kristian Nylund
Otto Elmgart
Calle Gothnier
Jan-Peter Larsson
Thomas Djurfors
David Bull
Anna-Maria Hjorth
Johannes Hjorth
Anders Hjorth
Jessica Backlund
Clas Hjorth
Lotti Knowles
Maria Sellberg
Pamela Stenström
Elsa Kvist
BirGitte Jönsson
Jenny Nilsson
Carin Huss
Malin Wallegren
Daniel Swenson
Erik Svensson
Petra Svensson Gleisner
Martin Andersson
Kia Szutkiewicz

Crossing Borders, Adventure Report!

I have been home for two weeks and have had time to look through my notes, pictures and messages. I am still recuperating from the strain from the adventure so I take it easy when I exercise. However, I am in a generally good condition and have no pains or problems. Just need to pay attention to the recuperation phase and rest up.

When I think of what I experienced, I start smiling and I want to go back again. So many great experiences as well as hard and challenging moments too.This warm feeling I feel is a good sign!

Fredrik

Crossing Borders – Summary
I trail ran from Oviedo in Asturias to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, 330km with 8 300 height meters in 8 days. That is an average of about 41 km a day. All in all about 7,8 marathons. I am grateful to my body for allowing me to have completed this expedition successfully. And to all of you cheering me on along the way. Thank you!!

The Original Way

I set out to experience the the very first route that king Alphonso II walked in the 9th century when the news of the discovery of St Jacobs grave reached him. Little did he know that 1 200 years later, today, 220 000 people each year would follow his example and set out to Santiago de Compostela from different starting points across Europe. Everyone with an individual motive and reason. This year I was one of them.

Arrow!

Fundraiser – Doctors Without Borders
I think we can all make a difference. Therefore I dedicated my adventure, to Doctors Without Borders as a way to raise awareness and funds for their great work in some of the worst disaster ridden areas of our world.

So far we have managed to raise SEK 63 700 through the fundraiser! This is so much more than I could hope for and I am so grateful to all of you for chipping in!!

My supporting sponsors, SIX Financial Information, Twitch Health Capital, Ström2, MJ Training Club and Presentationsteknik have all been a great part in this work by helping in spreading the information about Crossing Borders, the fundraiser and also contributing to it. So has all of you who has shared the information and also made donations. This would now have been possible without you!! Thank you!!

Did you meet anyone on the way?
I have met people from different continents, countries, walks of life, ages and backgrounds. When I read through my blog again last night, I realized that I have even more stories to share and more people and encounters to tell you about.

Niclas and Nicolas

I know I was away for 8 days, but it feels like it was much longer with all the impressions. When I reached Santiago de Compostela it felt like I just started the day before. As the days went by I had a hard time discerning them from each other. Taking time to take pictures during my journey and to write my diary in the blog every morning was a big help. I noticed that I took many more in the beginning and less as I got tired towards the end.

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I have seen great views over the landscape in Asturias and in Galicia. I Have crossed mountains, valleys, rivers  and gone through dense forests.

Clouds

I followed lovely paths with storybook qualities. Countless tunnels created by the green foliage in the forests I passed through. This is the typical view or picture from the Camino.

Forest tunnel

It was tougher than expected, more beautiful than anticipated and surprisingly according to plan with just a few offsets. At these moments were when the preparations during Spring came into play. All those hours of training, preparations and planning gave me a lot of extra room to improvise and to maneuver while being out on the trail. The training at Haglöfs Adventure Academy has been put to the test, and passed!

What was hardest?
The hardest moment was after I had arrived to Castro day 4 and after completing 45km that day and I was tired. I looked at the itinerary for the next day and realized that the following day I had at least 45km in front of me again. This affected my mental state a lot and I can still recollect the feelings I felt at that moment.

Tired Fredrik

Another hard situation to cope with was at the end of each day when the distances on the map were not corresponding with the path. It could be an extra kilometer or 3km. These unexpected distances are short in relation to the full day. But at the end of the day they felt like forever and I found them very hard to cope with mentally.

The last day was the first day it rained. It started early evening as the sun started to set. In combination with a sidewind it created a huge contrast to the warm days, which I was used to. It felt really cold! I had decided to keep going and to push to reach the Basilica this day. With less than 10km left I had to make sure that I was in constant motion and kept the stops to a minimum. I kept focused and reached the basilica in Santiago de Compostela at 23:45 that evening!

Rain and dark

What was the best or the memory that sticks out?
Hard to pick just one, but I would say that the day when I went to Castro via Grandas de Salime from Pola de Allende.I climbed uphill sides and crossed mountain ridges and went all the way down to the river and then all the way up again.

On top of the world

The whole day was full of contrasts and spectacular views. Lots of height meters and a long distance.

Embalse de Salime

I was alone on the mountain side in the forest with no one in front of me and no one behind me. Just me and my backpack. It was amazing.

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What did you eat and where did you stay?
Along the paths there were villages with bars, restaurants and places to stay. I had documented where I could get what. So I knew how long I had between the places where I could get food, something to drink or stay over night. I ate normal food but had cravings for salty and fat thing. Eggs, bacon and french fries became a favorite. I had roughly a daily 4 000 calorie deficiency. I focused on making sure to also eat good and healthy things to eat. I counted on my ”storage” around the waist to supply the energy. This worked well for me and this way I did not have to force myself to eat all the time.

Eggs and bacon

During the days I had dates and nuts with me as extra energy and mixed in minerals and electrolytes in the water. Whenever possible and not too tired I filled up my Camelback and made sure to drink a lot when I had the possibility along the way.

Refill

Since I needed my rest with the strain from the challenge, I had decided to book simple hotels and an hostel (albergue) along the way for the first five days. Then I booked the last three places to stay day by day based on the form of the day. This way I could rest up properly and had a good start each day. I met great people at these places. Some of them I caught up with during the day as I ran past them. Good energy!

New friends

What was in the backpack?
I carried everything I needed for my expedition on my back. The satellite tracker was on top of the lid. The total weight of my backpack and running gear was about 6.7kg (about 14lbs). I filled up with 1,5 liters of water every morning so all in all I carried 8,3kg. Good thing was that I could stop for the day whenever I needed and I had all that I needed right there with me.

Haglöfs Gram 25

Gear

Being alone on this adventure implied risk. In order to mitigate this and as a safety precaution I had doubled up reserv equipment and simple supplies in a suitcase (I named it Bob). This way if I lost any of my equipment or broke something, I could replace that with things from the suitcase. It was sent on by courier to each destination. If I lost my backpack or broke something, then all I had to do was to get to the next stay of the day.

How did it feel to arrive to Santiago de Compostela?
It was a great feeling to arrive and realize that I had made it! It was hard to finish the last kilometers, but I did it! II was happy and tired when Sabrina came to meet and join me for the last kilometer.

Arrived

The next day in the city was very different from being on the trail. I was not used to have so many people around me. Here’s what I wrote in my diary about this day.

What would you do differently?
There are a few things I would change, but not that many. Next time when I take of my socks to check for blisters I am going to put on a ”compeed” on the beginning blister even if I ”only have 20km left”. I was tired at the time on day 7 and my logic was out the window. This will be a routine from now on.

The tools for documentation and blogging needs to be used at home in everyday life so that I have all apps installed and everything setup prior to being on the trail. Sounds so obvious, yet I missed this one.

Planning, preparing, training..
Many of the people I talk to thinks that training was where I dedicated most time. I did train diligently, but this was just a third of my work preparing for the adventure. The other two thirds were planning and preparations. I put together a complete project plan with a risk analysis and everything. Then I had to try out the gear and test everything so I knew exactly how to use them when needed out on the expedition. Same thing with knowledge and skills. First get the knowledge and the practice on how to apply it.

I did a field test in Asturias in June where I tested everything. This gave me valuable insights and let me adjust my gear. Here’s the article where I describe this.

This way I created a stable foundation for when I needed to improvise. Essential for reaching the finish line smiling. At the basilica

What is happening next?
Right now I am still thinking and processing what I have experienced. I know I want to to do something again, but not exactly what. Suggestions are welcome. I have a few running competitions coming up, and then my official goal for 2015, to complete a long distance triathlon, Ironman. This will require dedication and time, but I still want an adventure or two like the one I have experienced. This is a very addictive experience and I long to go out again!

Adventure

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.

Thorns and nettles

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.

HAA Class of 2014

Adventure Training – Carrying stones instead of food!

Adventurers Are Not Ordinary People
Ordinary people go hiking in the Swedish mountains to regain energy and to enjoy nature as a contrast to their everyday life in the city. Nothing beats sleeping outdoors and cooking your dinner over the camp stove. But(!) we are not ordinary people, we are studying to become adventurersPhoto: Ola Skinnarmo This last weekend we had our final exam at Haglöfs Adventure Academy. It consisted of three full days trekking, camping, canoeing, navigating, mountain biking and working together as a full group or in small teams.  We were 14 students and 3 instructors.

Safety First!
I have to add that the instructors, Ola Skinnarmo, Carl Hård af Segerstad and Glenn Mattsing had made sure that all was done in a secure manner even if the challenges we encountered were tough. The exercise kicked off with a briefing where we were given the objectives and the outline of the weekend ahead. Little did we know that one of the main points for us to practice was to adapt to ever changing circumstances and improvise while maintaining our good mood and always finding a way forward. We were divided into seven teams and I was teamed up with Fredrik Eklund, good guy!IMG_1073

Stones Instead of Food
We had planned to start the excursion on Friday, then Ola Skinnarmo, our principal told us to get ready, we are leaving now (Thursday evening). Off we went to pick up our rations for the expedition. However, there were no rations, only cobble stones to carry as a substitute for the weight of the rations.IMG_1061

No Sleep and No Food, Why Not?
36 hours of no food and little sleep commenced. ”It is always better to practice these things in a safe environment so you know how you will react if it happens when you our out on a real expedition”, Ola beamed. He was right and we knew it. Now, we thought it was going to be 72 hours, but as it turned out, they had planned for 36. IMG_1134The next 36 hours we walked, navigated, slept (a little), woke up in the middle of the night, walked some more, saw a glorious sunrise, Photo: Ola Skinnarmothen set camp at 06:00am on Saturday morning. Up with the tents and two hours of the sweetest sleep ever!

A Surprise and a Canoe
After this we were briefed that we would go canoeing and that we had a gift from them. Food! Hard to explain the feeling. I wasn’t hungry, but I got very emotional to see the two bags for me with five meals and snacks. I just shouted out ”YEESSS!”.IMG_1339 Then we went by canoes to Sälen. Beautiful and very relaxing. Then we had lunch before the next surprise… IMG_1210 ”In thirty minutes we will start the practicing on how to rescue your friends in case a canoe tips over.” We all got ready and then we took turns in tipping our canoes over and then with the aid of another canoe, emptying the water before we could climb up into it again. Afterwards we all swam across the river as another challenge. We dried up, changed clothes, got our gear together and hiked up to the road. Next surprise, mountain bikes! I like running up and down hills, but I must say that I wished so much that I had practiced some more on biking uphill prior to sitting on that bike last week-end. IMG_1223Actually I wish I had biked at least once before! So up we went with our backpacks and together we made it to the top. My thighs were burning but I made it! A quick rest and then we left our backpacks and went downhill to return the bikes before walking up the ski slope again.

Injury!
My team mate Fredrik fell on his bike when we went downhill and had an injury on his collar bone. He went with Carl to the hospital to have it attended. We wouldIMG_1228 then meet up the next day at the dinner celebrating that we had all completed the exercise and completed all the challenges. He is a strong guy Fredrik, and we had lots of fun while we completed task after task prior to his accident.

We put up our tents and then it was time for some rest. We found a great campsite wright by a small lake. Bliss! IMG_1285

Navigating
Next day I teamed up with another good friend, Frida. Her team mate had to leave so we were paired together for the last day. IMG_1317We practiced navigating with map, compass and with the GPS. Great day and then even better when we reached our final destination and were greeted with a cold beer and then a shower before dinner!IMG_1304 The dinner was to die for, and after a good night’s sleep we had a great breakfast. Then we packed up, hugged and made our way back home. All in different directions. Next stop is for us to perform our own expeditions and to report back.

Conclusion
What an experience, what a group and great instructors. Everything was planned so that we would be challenged all the way. IMG_1329At the same time Ola, Carl and Glenn kept encouraging us and keeping our spirits high at all times. I want to be like you when I grow up, that is for certain! Thank you for a great experience and now I can’t wait to embark on my own adventure, Crossing Borders!

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