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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 …

Ski tour in Kilpisjärvi, Finland (part 1: general)

Right now is the perfect moment to start planning the ski tour for next winter. I have been thinking for a long time to write about the ski tour we made in the end of February 2021. However, it has felt like an impossible task to describe in words those amazing 7 days we spent in the Arctic Lapland. Therefore, I cannot just write one post that describes the trip. The preparations took weeks – finding the right equipment, drying our own food to take conveniently with, studying the maps, checking the corona measures (and testing)… However, I’ll try to summarise in this simple page, and in some following posts, I’ll try to write more details. The weather menu is very diverse in the wilderness of the North West Finland. Unnamed hiker in the logbook at an unmanned cottage in Kilpisjärvi wilderness Our initial target was to climb to the highest point of Finland, Halti, but the weather was so tough – and luckily we at this age so wise – that we did not …

Hiking to the highest point of Zakynthos, Greece

The mountains of Zakynthos are soft and relaxed. There are almost no steep hills, but easily walkable uphills that give you some of the most beautiful views the island has to offer. We did this hike in the beginning of August, and did not bring any long sleeved shirts with us. For me this is a very very rare situation not to bring any clothes to protect against a cold weather. But I am just not used to the hot weather hikes. My last big hike was in Kilpisjarvi in Finland in February (warmest -15C, coldest -36C), so my late referenser is pretty much that. For this hike, our alarms went off at 05:00 am enabling us to – get to the start point before 06:00 am – but most importantly, being back before 10:00 am when the hot weather hits. We drove to a town named Louha which is a remote small town in the middle of the Zakynthos island. Driving this early morning was magigal . There was almost no traffic. We saw …