The majority of my hikes are shorter weekend trips on any of the trails close to my hometown. It’s only during my summer holidays that I have time for week long journeys to places like Norway and northern Sweden. With this in mind I have started to work on a lighter kit custom tailored for the needs I have on my shorter trips in the woods around Jönköping. So after spending the spring purchasing new equipment it was now time for a first trip trying to go SUL – Super Ultra Light that is 🙂
In this post i will do a short trip report and also try to sum up the experience of my new kit and talk through some of the new items i used.
Västanåleden is a short round trip hike in the beech forest south of Gränna. The trail shares tracks with John Bauerleden that connects all the way down to Jönköping. Both of these trails are familiar to me and just last year me and André took a short overnight trip at this trail. I decided to walk the southern part of the trail as these are the ones I like most. As this would be a rather short route I would also have time for some detours along any of the other trails crossing my path.
I started out just outside the small village of Röttle and decided to take a short walk down to the harbour. On my way I passed the waterfalls and the remains of the old Jerusalem mill. Down by the harbour I took a small pause and then headed back up to the trail.
Röttle river waterfalls and the remains of Jerusalem Mill
I and Jon was out on a 7 hour hike yesterday and during those hours we covered roughly 20km. A days work!
We went on the John Bauer trail and the after a few hours went on our own little side track to make a nice circle back to our car.
We were hoping for some rain and heavy winds to test out some new rain gear but at first we didn’t get any but that changed after a few hours and then we got some nice down pour for about an hour or so. I thought I had packed my rain pants but I put those back in the closet and opted for some stuff to make pancakes instead (which we never did, haha!). So I just had to make due with my rain jacket which preformed very well through out the day. Must say that I like my Patagonia Torrentshell rain set very much. I’ve chosen the Patagonia jacket as my outer layer instead of a GoreTex jacket.
This is photo is taken at the end of the day. I’ve got no rain pants but I’ve got pancakes in my backpack 🙂 The city of Jönköping in the background. And if you look closely you can see a small hight on the high ground to the top left and that’s basically where I live.
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