30 nights in an unheated tent just south of the Arctic Circle is over. I have not had time to do any vids or updates on the blog for the last period of time but I have shot some video for some of the final days (some ice fishing, snowmobiling etc.) that I will try to upload in the weekend.
Warmest temperature +5 degrees C. Coldest temperature -30 degrees C. All in all we got to test our equipment during actual circumstances and we can feel happy and safe with it. I hope that we will see some colder days in the future so that we can find out what the extreme temp of our sleeping bag is. Down to -30 degrees C has not been any problem. Of course with the right clothes on the body and the right food and plenty of hydration in the body.
A special thank you to C2 Vertical Safety, Exped and Devold who has sponsored this challenge and made my life out there so much better. A special thanks to the Petzl Nao headlight that has not let me down at any time. This little fellow will certainly be one of my trusted friends on my future adventures.
Check back in the weekend for the final videos and updates about this 30 night Adventure🙂
Time flies and I have not had the time to make some decent updates the last couple of days. Happy New Year by the way :) I have made some video updates but since daytime have been filled with preparation for bookings and taking care of guest it is still stuck in the camera. I will try to take time on Sunday to put all these together.
Right now we have had two days with plus degrees so that makes it a span on about 35 degrees during this month. I have been worried that our snowmobile trails should melt away but it looks like we still can pull it off. Major drying out of my tent was also necessary the other days since the ice crystals that had become something that looked like hair needed to be taken care of before the plus degrees came. Now the tent is dried out but with this temperature it is still moist and I don’t have time to keep on drying it with tee candles at the moment. Last night I was sleeping in only my summer sleeping bag. It was about + 4 C so no need for more. Tonight will probably be the same but then it should come colder weather ant it looks like the challenge will end on something close to -15 C.
I have decided that I will leave the tent up after the challenge ends and if or more like when we get below -30 C (and if it fits with my schedule) I will go there and sleep a couple of nights in some extreme conditions. So far all equipment has been holding up and I know that we can trust it when it comes down to taking care of our guest’s safety and comfort.
Now it’s time to tramp down the trail to the camp. Good night and don’t let the bed bugs bite🙂
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It has been a cold night and day and it will be cold over this coming night as well. I have been out snowmobiling most of the day. First I went on a trip by myself and it was about -21 degrees on the thermometer at the Lodge. I went up to a small cabin that is located beside on of my favorite forest rivers up here. I fished in this river the first time some 30+ years ago. I stayed up there for a while taking in the beautiful winter scenario. It still is so little snow so one has to drive slow through the forest and marches but well out on the two lakes that the river floats through one can give a bit gas🙂
Back at the Lodge it was time for a cup of coffee and then start to prepare for the next round. This time I went with my neighbor and he led me though some new territories. Really beautiful with clear cold and crisp weather and the sun painted the horizon in magical colors. The thermometer showed some -25 degrees when we started and on the flatland (ices and marches) it was well below -30.
When I got back inside I feel weird by being inside in the warmth. Looking at the temp tonight it is going to be some below -20 and I have to admit that I now have to struggle and use my will power to head out to the camp tonight. I am really, really tired and that is not due to lack of sleep. My body is now so used to be outside. The last couple of days has been the same and I am sure that when I jump on my snowmobile I will wake up, which of course might give me some problems falling asleep in the tent. It would be so much easier to just lay down in my bed and have a warm night sleep but that aint gonna happen for another nine nights🙂
I will now prepare my gear for tomorrow, another day of exploring by snowmobile and then we will try to break a track from one of our cottages on the way home. It’s going to be great to be able to get there again and also be able to bring our guests over there. This cottage is laying in a really beautiful ancient forest reserve right beside a lake with some good fishing. If it wasn’t for the fact that my body probably would go bananas, I could have been tempted to fire up the sauna there.
I did get some actions shots from the snowmobile trip today but no time to make a movie and upload it but it will be up one of these days maybe together with some more shots from tomorrow’s winter escapades.
I will also try to make a video about my winter pack as well as my sure fire kit one of these days.
Stay tuned and be well. Oh ya just one funny thing. After our return today my neighbor gave me a poster from the local newspaper. (Don’t know what it is called in English but in Swedish it would be “löpsedel”, you know the front that the papers use to sell their copies). My tent was covering this “löpsedel” since the issue had a story about my winter month.🙂
We thank our sponsors C2 Vertical Safety, Exped and Devold for making life so much easier out in the cold and dark wilderness.
Yesterday was the 20th night out in the tent. It has gone really fast and now it is only 10 days left. I have not had time to update much on the blog the last couple of days since we have had guests and I have been outside as much as possible doing some ice fishing, snowmobiling and taken long walks in the forest.
Yesterday I went ice fishing and even though the best ice fishing period is still to come we did not come home empty handed. So yesterday the whole family including the dogs ate perch. Today we went for a snowmobile trip and this evening before I go to the camp I need to prepare for a snowmobile trip for tomorrow morning. Still not enough snow everywhere but a part of the trip is to explore.
Yesterday evening while being inside in the Lodge I felt very tired and out of energy. I believe that it is due to the fact that I have been outside so much lately that the body reacts to the warm inside environment. I have a slight feeling of the same tonight and as soon as I get out I wake up.
Bet I will feel the same tomorrow evening after the whole night, morning and afternoon outside in the cold. I can really feel that my body has adapted to be out in the fresh cold air now.
I have not had the video camera with me the last couple of days but tomorrow I will bring it and I will try to get some action shots from out there.
In the meantime, stay warm, stay tuned and be well!!
We just got home from celebrating Christmas at our neighbours. Good food and good Company. Now it is time to pack up and head for the camp.
It is minus 26 C tonight and clear sky with lots of Northern Ligts. It might drop under the minus 30 C line tonight. So it is going to be a brisk night but it is at least no mosquitos around🙂
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Tune in tomorrow to find out how it went.
Woke up to -22 C this morning. I checked the time when I first woke up and I got a big spray of ice in my face when I opened up my sleeping bag. Most of it showered down from the tent roof. It was only 6.30 am and I could crawl back into the warm sleeping bag, after brushing of the ice crystals for some more zzz. I slept through the night just fine and still only using one pure wool base layer of medium weight. Ok, last night I also fell a sleep with my woolen sweater on so I was still wearing it this morning. Normally I wear it when I go to bed for a while, while I am warming up the sleeping bag but now I punched out before I removed it. Temperatures will stay well below zero degrees for a while but then they will raise and one prognosis even has a plus degree after New Year. I must keep an eye on that because I have a lot of ice crystals in the tent and if it get closer to zero and a plus degree it means that it will melt into water and I cannot have that. So it will soon be necessary to do something about this.
Anyway you know it is cold when the sleeping bag almost can stand by itself. Last night during my night routine I folded up my sleeping bag and it seemed not that far from that it could have stayed in a 90 degree angle with the foot end straight up.
This morning was cold, crisp and beautiful. I got out of the tent about 7.45 am and even though it was well before sun up, it was a clear blue sky as a base and the stars sparkling and snow glittering all around me. I just stood there for a while taking in the serenity and tranquility. Not one little sound from anywhere. When I walked around the camp you could hear on the crisp sound of my foot steps that it was cold. In the horizon I could see a thin orange line where the sun was struggling to raise. Really, really beautiful morning.
Wilderness Life wishes you all a Merry Christmas!!
Winter in Swedish Lapland
Snowmobiling in Swedish Lapland
Snowy landscape in the wilderness
This morning it is a symbolic day. Not only am I over halfway through the Winter Challenge but we are also at the changing point of the daylight. We have reached the longest night and already tomorrow we have gained a whole minute. A minute longer day does not seem like much and it will not even be noticeable but believe you me that it really feels. Just the thought of that we are now going towards endless days can put a big smile on my face. Just imagine this coming spring with ice fishing, snowmobiling etc. in the sunlight and crisp snow.
I really appreciate the changes in seasons and conditions we have up here. Just coming from a summer with sunlight 24/7 and temperatures around the +30 C degrees (which actually was a bit to warm) to this winter with snow, ice, low temperatures and short days (or more correct long nights). The changes are so big and every season actually has its own charm and it really makes one appreciate it.
Did you know that the Sami people actually counts to eight different seasons when the standard is our normal four?
The night and morning went fine. It is about -12 C and some light snowfall and no biggies to write home about. Tomorrow it is Christmas and then the idea is to get some more video from our activities etc in the coming last two weeks. Since it is Christmas I might celebrate and change to an ice-free sleeping bag. I will try to make a special Christmas video as well, like I did Lucia, so now you are warned J
Woke up completing the first two weeks to -18 C. No time to waste so it was just to get out from the warm sleeping bag and into the cold clothes and get moving. While the snowmobile was warming up I did the same. I paced around back and forward to generate heat. Not that I was really freezing, just a bit chilly since my metabolism was on its lowest point but I also didn’t want to start freezing. Remember, it is better to avoid than to treat🙂
My hands got really cold since I only had my snowmobile mittens and no finger gloves to do the small work around the camp that needs finger work. During normal circumstances I would have had my finger gloves as a supplement but I have been neglecting it since “I’m only 1 km from the Lodge”.
Now temperatures gonna stay on this level and even drop down further so it is best that I shape up if I’m gonna stay comfortable. Like instead of struggling with a cold face in the sleeping bag, just get up and put on my balaclava. Just laziness from my side. During real circumstances I would never neglect these kind of things and I have got a good reminder how much tougher things can be when I don’t follow the five P’s (proper preparation prevents poor performance).
Now we are going out with the dogs for a while. It is clear blue sky and the sun is up for a moment so it is a nice time for a walk into the beautiful nature.
I have shot some video that will be uploaded late tonight or tomorrow morning. It is hard to keep up with everything at the moment.
Yesterday I had a visit at the camp from a journalist. Going to be in the paper again soon and radio want to make a follow up soon🙂
Stay tuned to follow the next two weeks with more action, lover temperatures and more nature.