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About not giving up, when going up

By hippieadventures 2014.12.26 in Uncategorized

I remember one of my first  cycling trips from Manchester to Derby through the peak districts. A 3 day long weekend with typical British weather, pouring rain as a constant reminder of my lack off waterproof clothing or panniers. I had peddled up all those hills soaking wet most of the time, it had been cold and windy, my map was wet and hard to read, and it was generally a very difficult trip. So many times I had to encourage myself to carry on up yet another hill. (It’s not called the peak district for nothing).

You could probably not have seen the difference between rain and tears on my face during the last day, but as I looked down on one of the many parts of the wet map I realised: I was close to the very last hill. I got up on my bike that felt heavier than ever before, encouraged myself to do this thing and slowly moved towards the top of the hill. That feeling when I finally reached the top can hardly be described, but suddenly the tears of pain was changed to tears of joy. I did it, I was impressed by both my mind and my body. At the time I wasn’t trained, the weather was far from preferable, my bike lacked more than just functional gears, and breaks. I might have had everything against me, but my mind and body was up for the challenge! 252848_10150200994447175_5668971_n


When I looked back at the trip when I got back home, I really felt like I had done something, something had been accomplished, my body felt it and I was exhausted. I had pushed myself to my limit and I hadn’t let  myself to give up!

A toast for the toaster

By hippieadventures 2014.12.08 in Uncategorized

Recently I bought this cast iron toaster for 30 Sek (£3 ish) from a charity shop. It was a bargain and it goes to show again that you can have fun outdoors, without it costing you a penny, well without costing you a lot anyway. (If you are not lucky enough to find one in a charity shop you can get a similar one on ebay)

Making your food over fire is something really special. It must be the combination of having to wait for your food to get ready, warming your body from the heat of the fire and not once being able to get it perfect, but still every time it’s delicious.

What you need:

– A fire

– toast

– Way to much cheese

– and some kind of filling, tuna, tomato, gummy bears, what ever takes your fancy.

This is just the perfect activity a weekday evening, or a Sunday lunch, when you want to get out but not want a big project. I just love this thing, so a big toast for the toaster!





Via Ferrata in north of Sweden

By hippieadventures 2014.12.04 in Uncategorized

Most people who know me, know that I will jump at the chance of climbing up a mountain. So during the weekend up at the high coast I  had the opportunity to climb different via ferrata routes not only once but three times, man was I happy child.


This specific via Ferrata had 4 different routes, the easiest one is more or less like walking up a stair but without much margin to the 200 something metres steep beside you. The more difficult routes was more work, and you had to use your whole body to climb/pull yourself up.


After chilling out at the top just taking in the amazing view once again, we ran down again ready to do another route.


Via Ferrata is a great safe way to try out climbing, both children and adults can try it out, and I can imagine it’s a great activity to do together as a family or like us, a bunch of strangers that along the way became great friends!

Useful links:

Via ferrata

High coast own website about different activities.

Is it the sea or the lake?

By hippieadventures 2014.10.11 in Hiking

Directly translated it’s called the “High coastline”, very appropriate name since it’s the highest coastline in the world, and with a coastline 286 metres above sea level comes a view  hard to beat a sunny day.

I spent 3 days here for an outdoor festival called Utefest  The High coast area have plenty of outdoor activities to offer, hiking, trail running, kayaking and canoeing, fishing and of course my favourite climbing. So what ever is your cup of tea you’ll probably find it here. It’s also a good distance from Stockholm if you are visiting Sweden and don’t want to travel forever (Sweden is a looong country). Like this wasn’t enough to convince you too visit the area, in 2000 UNESCO listed this coastline as a world heritage site.start of the walk

On our very last day we drove the short distance from the village Docksta where we stayed to “Skuleskogens national park”. Shortly after entering the national park from the south side we walked past an area of stones, that 9000 years ago was the shore line. Since thenthese small island have risen to become high mountains. The fact that the land keep rising even today, makes the area ever changing and very interesting.



After just a short break we continued on to a massive mountain cleft, also a reminder from thousand years ago. Cold lava once made up the gap between these mountain, but when the massive inland ice melted it washed the lava stone away which was much weaker than the rest of the mountain.


We stopped for lunch at a lake by one of the many cottages you can stay in at night for free, just pick up a map at one of the entrances and they are all marked out. Lunch stop

All this and its just and I haven’t even got to the views of this place. As you might have already guessed it was outstanding, and walking up the mountain didn’t feel hard at all, partly because we went on a day trip and didn’t have a heavy bag to carry. Walking higher up the mountain was like revealing a few centermeter of a very beautiful painting, for every bit higher you got another island showed itself in the archipelago, until you got to the top where you could see the whole picture.

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In the picture above you can hardly tell the difference from the lake to the sea, but half way up the mountain was this beautiful lake where we stopped for lunch.



looking at the view


Useful links if you want to visit:

Skuleskogens Nationalpark.

Friluftsbyn: where we stayed.


The very green way

By hippieadventures 2014.08.01 in Uncategorized

We followed something called the greenway  Prague to Vienna and after a few days I could see the path definitely lived up to it’s name.
We slowly moved through every possibly green there is. To start off with open rolling fields of various grains, grass, a bit like the rolling hills of England actually. Sometimes we cycled through dark pine tree forrest similar to the forrest I’m from in Scandinavia, and towards the end we entered the vineyards that perhaps reminded us a bit off Italy .



You never had time to get bored off the surroundings, and the Forrest was always a welcomed break from the sun.


Prague to Vienna by bike- the start

By hippieadventures 2014.07.05 in Uncategorized

I knew nothing of the trip I was about to embark, and looking back not much about cycling long distance either. My friends had planned this adventure for a long long time, but me having changed jobs and generally been struggling for money thought I wasn’t going until the week before my flight was leaving from Copenhagen. With an expired passport, no bike, but with a way to heavy tent and 4 pairs of shoes all packed down in to a plastic bag, I somehow got on to my flight to Prague for a week of cycling towards Vienna.

The taxi driver at the airport informed me that it was currently 32 degrees as I was heading towards praha bike renting place, and suddenly my long jons and rain jacket seemed like an unnecessary weight to carry around. Hidden close to the old town square was a friendly group of cyclist enthusiasts, that not only rented out a bike to me, but helped me pack my bike the best way, giving me straps to attach all my stuff, looked up train times (my friends had already started so I had to catch up), and gave me some maps to get me started without my friends, just the kind of welcome I needed.

Now I was ready for the adventure (and the uphills) that was ahead.



Here we all on my first day cycling, just before the first hill.. to be continued

Pop the question

By hippieadventures 2014.06.04 in Uncategorized

So you might have spent hours on pinterest/ youtube or other social media looking at pictures of the great outdoors, or watched clips of Alex Honald free soloing. Being inspired and wanting to get out there doing the same, however you are still stuck in the “let’s go to the pub on a Friday night” mentality, not in a “let’s get in the car straight after work on Friday night so that we can start hiking/climbing early on Saturday”.  I have been there loads and loads of times, believe me, the outdoors sometimes feels like something so difficult and hard to reach, often the equipment for all these cool things to do seems to expensive to buy and even if you had the money for it all, you don’t know what to buy.

So whats the answer to all this “How do you get started with Climbing/ kayaking/ hiking/ camping, and all those other fantastic things you can do outdoors?”

 Pop the question (well not theee question), but ask to join a mountaineering group, or if you meet someone that do these kind of things, ask them to take them with you.

I didn’t have the gear for climbing outdoors or the books to check out routes, but I joined a group in Birmingham that showed me the ropes (literally). When I was there, I asked them to show me how to carry the ropes like a pro, how the different gradings worked, what helmet to buy, and much more. Most people are willing to share their passion. Do a simple google search for groups around you, join them and ask, ask, ask.


climbingMe after just completing my third outdoor climb.


I didn’t have a kayak or the money to rent one. So I asked my Brother in law to lend me one, and teach me some basic tips and safety.



When all you can hear is nothing

By hippieadventures 2014.05.20 in Uncategorized

Yesterday my brother in law offered to take me out in a kayak for the first time. I was not late to say yes, and off we went to check out some cliffs around here. It was a fantastic evening, most of the time completely quiet with the exception of some birds and people chatting in the distance.

We went around the south archipelago of Gothenburg, which is a great place to paddle around in. There are a few bigger ferries to be aware off, but not much traffic, and during 3 hours we only saw one. If you want to move from the north and south area you will have to cross the Stena Line and cargo ship routes, which is obviously not to recommend but possible. If you are planning to do this I recommend planning where to cross with a map of the sea to make sure you do it at the safest place. Anyway get out and try this, it’s just amazing.


A wet adventure

By hippieadventures 2014.05.09 in Uncategorized

Second day in Wales was wet. It rained from above, from the side and the wind even made it rain from the ground. We made an attempt to go to a peak as high as 900 m. I think we might have climbed 50 of those before the wind literally knocked us over and we had to settle for a walk around the lake/waterfalls. Even though the weather was horrible, and every bit of clothing worn was soaked, we had so much fun. When you are already soaked you can jump in puddles like kids, stand in a water fall and run in to the lake. Just make sure you have new clothes near by and friends to meet you with coffee and cake in the end.


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Where is my ice ax?

By hippieadventures 2014.03.06 in Uncategorized

Last weekend 34 exited random people from Birmingham and beyond drove up to Caernarfon for a weekend of fun times up in the mountains.

The car I was in made a quick stop on the way for coffee and food,  that turned in to a 3 hour shopping stop for hiking clothes. If you are in the area I really recommend stopping there for great, veggie and vegan food (and meat if you are one of those).

We stayed in the beautiful seaside town in a hostel called Totters independent backpacker. Caernarfon is only 30 minutes drive from the Snowdon itself, and I can imagine there is plenty of beautiful walks closer to the town as well.

We (well Alex) planned a 16 km long walk that would take us just past the Snowdon peak, unfortunately we couldn’t reach the peak because of snow and ice.. We would need ice axes and stuff like that to be safe, and since I wasn’t as prepared as Phil who got started climbing some Munro mountains this weekend, we stayed lower down.

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I couldn’t stay away from a good climbing wall