Smarter Backpacking Course - curriculum available

So, finally got my act together and completed the curriculum, gear requirements and other info for the course August 20-26.  After finishing this course the participants should feel confident to go on using lightweight and ultra lightweight gear and techniques in exposed, 3-season arctic conditions, like tundra and above timberline areas, on their own.
There is more info to be found on the course here.

The course will be held in English or Swedish, depending on the participants. But ideally I would like a combination of people from different countries and backpacking backgrounds.

If you want to know more, send a mail to info@smarterbackpacking.com. Those of you that have already mailed me will receive the new info automatically. Also, the last day you can sign up for this course is June 12.

By Jörgen Johansson

Finnmarksvidda - two of everything?

I have discovered that I am not terribly good at thinking big. It is more like; two small are better than one big. It seems to permeate my thinking and my gear lists. On the trip across Finnmarksvidda it also became evident that on top of this, Joe and I together carried a lot of doubles. Now, what are the pros and cons on this?

By Jörgen Johansson



Finnmarksvidda - gear talks

I used almost the same gear on Finnmarksvidda as on last years long skitrip in Sarek. Some things were different and here are my comments and idiosyncrasies on those.

By Jörgen Johansson


Finnmarksvidda day 5&6 - holidays

Here is the fourth and final installment about Joe Newton's and my skitrip up on the Finnmarksvidda, or Vidda, at the northernmost corner of Europe.
Joe and I have decided that it would be fun, both for ourselves and our readers, if we publish our separate accounts of the same trip on the same day, without having had access to the writings of our trip companion. So if you want to read a good story and see some nice photos (btw all photos are by Joe or Jo), go to Joe's blog at Thunder in the Night.

By Jörgen Johansson


Finnmarksvidda Day 4 - white out day

Here is the third installment about Joe Newton's and my skitrip up on the Finnmarksvidda, or Vidda, at the northernmost corner of Europe.
Joe and I have decided that it would be fun, both for ourselves and our readers, if we publish our separate accounts of the same trip on the same day, without having had access to the writings of our trip companion. So if you want to read a good story and see some nice photos (btw all photos are by Joe or Jo), go to Joe's blog at Thunder in the Night.

By Jörgen Johansson


Finnmarksvidda Day 3 - on skis, but where?

Here is the second installment about Joe Newton's and my skitrip up on the Finnmarksvidda, or Vidda, at the northernmost corner of Europe.
Joe and I have decided that it would be fun, both for ourselves and our readers, if we publish our separate accounts of the same trip on the same day, without having had access to the writings of our trip companion. So if you want to read a good story and see some nice photos (btw all photos are by Joe or Jo), go to Joe's blog at Thunder in the Night.

By Jörgen Johansson

My tent after the windy night

Finnmarksvidda Day 1&2 - slow going

Here is the first installment about Joe Newton's and my skitrip up on the Finnmarksvidda, or Vidda, at the northernmost corner of Europe. We started at Alta, which at 69 degrees latitude is slightly north of Inuvik in the Canadian Northwest Territories and slightly south of Point Barrow in Alaska. All way north of the Arctic Circle. Our goal was the town of Kautokeino some 120 kilometers south. In between the arctic plateau of Vidda (which means 'wide open area, expanse').

Joe and I have decided that it would be fun, both for ourselves and our readers, if we publish our separate accounts of the same trip on the same day, without having had access to the writings of our trip companion. So if you want to read a good story and see some nice photos (btw all photos are by Joe or Jo), go to Joe's blog at Thunder in the Night.

By Jörgen Johansson

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