New freeze dried food

Received some new freeze dried stuff in the mail this Friday from Friluftsmat.nu.

They sell some different stuff compared to your normal outdoor retailer like powdered egg, milk, cream and some other interesting stuff. All their food are KRAV-labeled which is good too.

I ordered two packs of vegetable mix and one bag of powder milk and cream. The milk is made out of whole milk which is quite different from many other powdered milk products out there.

The vegetable mix, nutritional info,100 gram: protein 22 g, fat 5 g, carbs 62 g. Energy per 100 gram: 1270 kJ / 300 kcal. 45 grams of these are ca 1/2 kilo fresh vegetables.

It contains different vegetables depending on what season you buy them in but basically they contain carrot, leek, onions, parsnip and beans. It’ll be a nice compliment to our meals. We’ll mix these up with some cream powder and let it sit for about 15 minutes.

The milk powder will be used at breakfast when we’ll have porridge and granola.

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Toothpaste dots in the making

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On todays to-do-list, make toothpaste dots for upcoming adventures!

It’s gonna be real interesting how these turn out because it’s the first time that I try this… I got the idea from these guys.

Stavåkra

A photo that I took the other day. I’ve been scouting that location from my car every morning driving to work. I’ve been waiting for the right clouds and stuff and now last week it all came into place.

I was driving and looked to my right and liked what I saw but I was in a hurry so I kept on driving. A few hundred meters later I realized my mistake and turned my car around and drove back and took the picture.

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Click it to view in a larger size. Don’t know how to properly link it from Flickr. I’ll need to look that up 🙂

Also I updated my gear list so head over to the Gear tab if you’re interested!

Trail snacks – What do you eat?

Trail snacks are an important part of your adventure to work as an energy booster between meals. Some prefer to only use snacks during the day and just have a full, preferably, hot meal at the start and end of the day. Personally I like to have three hot meals a day to keep the morale up on though, rainy or cold days.

As my previous post pointed out my summer trip is getting closer and closer by the minute and I’m right now on the food section of my list. I’ve experimented with different snacks over the years, everything from the standard nut and raisin mixes to Snickers.

Some taste better than others and some are more “vulnerable” to heat/cold. Snickers for e.g. get frozen quite fast in cold weather and is kind of like chewing on a rock and in the summer heat it melts and you get chocolate all over when you remove the wrapping…

One of my latest favorites are M&M’s with peanuts. 🙂

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A few different snack options.

Recently I’ve bought different chocolate based products to compare how they work in cold/warm environments and also to compare how much energy they pack compared to weight. All the bars above weigh in at about 50g.

I haven’t tried them all out in the field but the Starbar works quite well in cold and warm condition and so does the Sport Lunch bars.

As you can see the Double Nougat wins but it’s a fairly even list.

snack comparisonIt would be nice to get some feedback on what the rest of you are using on the trail!

 

Pre-planning Jotunheimen

The time of departure is closing fast on this summers adventure to Jotunheimen, Norway. We had to make some changes to our previous plans and now we’re leaving a week earlier.

Gear-lists are done, more or less, a few grams might shift here and there but everything that we need are on the lists. Before we leave I think I’ll post both of our lists here. And if you already didn’t know I try to keep mine quite updated here on the site under the Gear tab.

We’re still waiting for some stuff. I had to return my Bearpawwd inner-net because they made me order the wrong one for the UltaMid. However it should arrive on time. We also put an order on two bivys from Zpacks, the Pertex Quantum bivy with the detachable screen. This neat little bivy weighs in at only 187g with the net attached! Right now we think that we’re bringing the bivys to save some weight.

Here’s a picture from todays “meeting”. Jon waves his hands around trying to explain how fast we will be walking with our light packs or something 😉

Planning

I’m published!

Got the word in the middle of May that I’m getting published in a photo book called “Mitt Småland”. I sent one of my pictures in into the competition and I had almost forgotten about it when I received the e-mail saying that the book was now being printed and that my picture was in it.

Well that was great news! I didn’t know how big my picture was going to be in the book or where it was. I found out that my picture was one of few out of 1681 that had made it out of the selection process, 176 pictures was published in the book.

About a month later in the middle of June I got an invitation to a  vernissage that was being held in three different cities and one of them being here where I live. I happily accepted the invitation and went today. There was food, drinks and a lot of mingling going on amongst big prints and such. I walked around the restaurant where it was held looking at different pictures and then eventually I grabbed one of the photo books and started browsing. I opened it some where like just past the middle towards the end and started going backwards. I didn’t find my picture… What? Well then I went from the really end of the book and a few pages in I found it! It wasn’t just a small picture, it wasn’t just on one of the pages but rather in duplex – two damn sides where covered with my picture! Must say that I got a tingly feeling in my stomach at that precise moment 🙂

My better half made this photo collage.

My better half made this photo collage.

This book is part of a big advertising campaign to get more people to visit Småland (the county where I live) and it will be sold at different places all around Sweden.