By Jörgen Johansson
The photo above shows son #2, Jakob, on the top of Kebnekaise in 2006, his thirteenth year. Jakob has since done his own mountain walks, like Kungsleden/King's Trail last summer. The summer of 2012 it is time for Daniel, turning 13 this summer, to follow in the footsteps of his older brother.
Daniel has been in the mountains before and grown about a foot the last year, so I see no problems with the ascent except maybe keeping pace with him. Below we are shown on a hike last year that ended up as an article in the gear guide for Swedish magazine Utemagasinet recently.
This summer we will be three, my wife is accompanying us to the foot of the mountain where she will browse around in the undergrowth, being botanically inclined. Our first real hike in the mountains together for many years. We will spend about a week in the area, since we do not want to be on the peak wrapped in clouds and thus need some slack in order to wait for a good 'peak day'. Ascent and descent normally takes some 10-14 hours.
Time to start with the gear lists in earnest, modify my tent and browse in the garage for three light packs and three light sleeping bags. I'm ashamed to admit this will be no problem to find. More of a problem will be to convince everybody that I bought all this gear out of thougthfulness for my family...