Month: September 2021

Kilpisjärvi ski tour day 2 (part: 3)

First day of our tour can be found here and a general post of the trip here. The track from Saarijärvi to Kuonjarjoki unmanned cottage is one big, gentle and never ending uphill. Whenever you decide to do this, in summer or winter, take a lots of patience with you and as much the favourite snacks as you can carry. During the day, you get comfort by reminding yourself that after this hill the summer body is about guaranteed. To be honest, I slept the first night on the ski tour very bad. There was nothing wrong with the unmanned cottage. Instead, my body was overloaded with skiing. Sudden 8 hour physical demand to my office body was just a bit too much. I slept in total maybe 3 to 4 hours in small bits. Once, I even needed to go to the toilet in the middle of the night. It was horrible. It was dark, windy, -24C and stepping out from the comfort of the sleeping back is not to describe with words. However, …

Orienteering in The Netherlands

The true childhood sport of mine is orienteering. I was exactly one year old when my parents took me for the first time to the forest with a map. Of course, I was just in the carrier and mama did all the work, but anyway, you get the point. This is my true sport. However, I have been living in The Netherlands now quite accurately 3 years and for my shame only today I did orienteering for the first time here. And oh how good it felt. I made a lot of mistakes and the 4,5 km course took me almost an hour, but it is so good to be back with this sport. When comparing the Dutch and the Nordic orienteering, there is not so much difference as I first thought. The terrain is more flat here, but the difficulty is quite at the same level as in the Nordics. In the Netherlands, we have much more paths, but it does not make it necessarily easier. The flat terrain does not offer the easy …

Friday night climbing

We started to do some climbing after our hike to Pilatus in Switzerland last summer just for the safety reasons – to be prepared to those paths that are not anymore paths but rock formations or even cliffs. Even this new hobby started purely as a precaution for the future hikes, we have gotten hooked. Last night I managed to do my first 5c course (hurrah!) and even I thought I did’t have any energy left, thanks to my inefficient moves and technique, I reached still after the 5c the top of an 5b course. In the hall we go to, there are courses from 3 to 6c+. (For the beginners, and for me to remember as I always forget: a is easier than c; a is the first of the alphabets, 1 is the first of the numbers :D) I find it still a bit scary to trust those ropes and rope connectors. I trust fully my own equipment as I know it is in a good condition, but as I do not know …

The first day of the ski tour in Kilpisjärvi, Finland (part: 2)

Our ski tour started in the Kilpisjärvi town, located next to the The three-country cairn in the very North of Finland. We arrived the day before the start of the ski, ate well and slept well in a cottage. The next day around the noon, we had finally packet everything well in our sledges and managed to start the trip. Now afterwards I can say that the first day was the toughest of them all. The first part from Kilpisjärvi to Halti is to ski from Kilpisjärvi to Saarijärvi. In the beginning was the steepest incline of the trip. At this point, also our sledges were the fullest from all the food we had taken with us. We got to ski the first part in daylight, but in February, it gets really early dark and at the first day, we did not manage to get to the destination before dark. It started to snow at the sunset. Headlights normally makes the visibility better, but combined with a totally white surroundings and falling snow, the torches …