We’re starting to get closer to our date of departure for Vålådalen, mid September. Bought the map of the area a couple of weeks back and yesterday me and Jon sat down to put out some proper map markers of possible campsites. We also talked about food, water, equipment and weather.
We’re gonna spend about 8 days on the trail depending on the weather and how many detours we’ll do. The detours are mainly, loosely, planned around Helags and Sylarna.
Food, we’re gonna bring less snacks for this one and pick up some on the trial. There are a lots of mountain stations along the way, the map even stated, “Wifi-connection”, jeez… I guess it’s a good place to upload your Instagram pictures and update Facbook… A must have in the outdoors nowadays…
Water, we’ll carry our Platypus one- and two liter bags as usual and pick up water on the trail. There’s plenty of water in the area so that won’t be an issue.
Equipment, not much is going to change here. Some items will be replaced like socks and things like that which are consumables more or less. Jon is opting for a new inflatable sleeping pad that’s longer than his/our current one that we use, Therm-A-Rest NeoAir X Small. He’ll probably get the Klymit V2 pad. I’m contemplating on buying a new pair of shoes as my Inov-8 Trailroc 245’s are showing some wear on both the lugs and a hole on the inside of the heal counter that could be a good spot to get blisters. The Trailroc 245’s have been very comfortable but it looks like they’ve been discontinued. If I am to get a new pair it’s probably gonna be from Inov-8 again. The Inov-8 X-Talon 200 looks nice and quite similar to my Trailrocs with the difference that they’re lighter and have bigger and fewer lugs.
Weather, we can expect rain and colder temperatures maybe down to 0 degrees Celsius at night. Hopefully we’ll have some sunny days with temperatures around 16 degrees. Cold weather is fine as long as it’s clear so we can enjoy the views.
I’ve previously said to a few selected friends and colleagues that me and Jon would be going to Scotland this summer. It’s been one of our goals basically since we got back from Iceland last year. Now that time and work have caught up with us this can’t be a reality this summer.
However, the planing and the help we’ve gotten at trek-lite.com and other sources have been great and we can just store these in a little box for the future. Thanks!
Well then. Lets play a game to figure out where this summers trekking adventure will take us…
I spy with my little eye, something that starts with V:
What do you see?
A rough estimate, 175+ km with some small detours on top of that. Mid September.
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 😉
Started planning this last summer as a solo-trip but my fiancé didn’t like that idea too much… So I got my friend involved in late December and now it’ll be a two man expedition to Norway and the home of the giants!