Österlenleden – Brösarp to Borrby Strandbad

DSC00125_15-07-03Skåneleden SL4 from Brösarp to Borrby Strandbad via Simrishamn and Kivik can now be added to the list of completed hikes in Sweden. Click the links to go to the maps. This stretch of Skåneleden offers many different environments from dense leaf forrest to long sandy beaches. Sometimes it feels like you’re not even in Sweden anymore, especially when the weather is so nice and sunny like when we were there.

The main goal with this trip was to test out all the gear before our trip to Iceland here in late July. We were hoping for some wind and maybe even some rain, but we got nothing of that… Rather the complete opposite.

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We started our hike in Brösarp near the bus station on Friday around 7pm and walked towards Kivik. It was a warm summers evening around 20 degrees Celsius, might even be called the first proper one so far this year.

After a few kilometers of easy walking it was time to take a quick break and have a look at the stream that we’d been following for some time. And would be following all they way down to the ocean.

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A quick splash of water on hands and face to cool down.

During a snack break on a beautiful meadow we got some unexpected company. We were standing in the middle of nowhere and when I looked around I couldn’t see a soul. Then just out of a sudden these three showed up behind a low stone fence.

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Jon picked up his pack as they looked hungry for Cuben Fiber. You never know how many square feet of Cuben these guys can eat per minute.

Orchards and many of them.

Orchards and many of them.

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Scouting rabbits as they run all over the fields.

After a few more kilometers we finally reached the ocean, and what a view!

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Jon is down by the water to cool his feet and head.

After a quick stop we pushed on towards Kivik. At this point we didn’t really have a plan for when and where to stop. And because we were inside a nature reserve our options were limited. However many non-hikers didn’t really respect this and we saw open fires, pitched tents and loose dogs on the beach.

We reached the outskirts of Kivik just as the sun was about to set and after have walked circa 12 kilometers. It was a very nice sunset and during this we pitched the tent and made some last minute adjustments to the Bearpawwd inner that really made it even better than before.

We even found a new technique for pitching the tent. To make sure the ground is as flat as possible we lay our walking poles on the ground to see if things are uneven. This was really helpful!

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The moon is rising in the horizon.

The next day we woke up to singing birds and the sun that was heating up the tent.

DSC00133_15-07-04We walked into Kivik to get some more water before we headed of to Stenshuvud to see the views from there.

On our way to Stenshuvud we passed by Kivik Musteri, an apple farm. Unfortunately we were there too early and the shop had yet to open, but at least we got ourselves a quick break after about 5 kilometers. Even this early, 9am, the sun was burning us, about 25 degrees Celsius.

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Trying to keep in the shade but that was way more difficult than one might think…

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Reaching the foot of Stenshuvud, finally shade!

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Hiking to the top gaining some much wanted elevation.

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Enjoying the view. Also getting to know where we’re going and how far it actually is.

After reaching the top it is always the same story… You have to go down again, and we did. At this point I think that not one worn piece of clothing was dry and not because of any rain… We picked up the pace and set our goal to reach the beach and have a swim to cool down. I guess that now the temperature had reached close to 30 degrees Celsius.

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This doesn’t really look like Sweden to me.

After a cooling swim we kept on walking in a nice pace. Not many people had come to the beach yet but just 10 minutes later it was crawling with sunbathers.

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As it got later in the day the temperature reached the completely nuts temperature of about 35 degrees Celsius. It’s no fun hiking in this temperature when you’re expecting something else.

Hiking through some idyllic places along the way.

** ENTER PICTURES HERE ** – Due to the heat we just pushed on for several hours not taking a single picture and then finally we took this one.

Personal record, passing 42km in one day.

Personal record, passing 42km in one day.

We stopped hiking just a few kilometers after this picture was taken and at that point we’d reached just south of the small town called Skillinge and we set up camp.

Our camp for the night.

Our camp for the night.

On the next day we got up early, even though we had some crazy runners(!?) going past our tent all night with headlamps and laughter. And some people think that we’re crazy going hiking 🙂

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Heading down to the beach again for the final stretch.

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Lovely hiking by the water with a slight breeze.

Our goal of the day was to walk a few kilometers to one of the bus stops that Jon previously had picked out on the map. We also wanted to find a good spot for a quick swim before we had to leave Österlen.

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Reaching Borrby Strandbad. Short last day, about 5 kilometers.

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Drying in the sun after a swim.

We took the bus from Borrbystrands Camping to Ystad and then back to Brösarp where our car was waiting.

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Ystad train/bus station.

Omberg

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Two summers ago I did a hike with André from Omberg to Gränna. I have been back to Omberg a couple of times since then for day trips but I haven’t got around to do an overnight stay. So when me and Jens decided to go for a two-day trip this weekend I suggested Omberg. Jens thought it was a good idea, and on saturday afternoon he picked me up in Jönköping.

I am still testing out my SUL-kit and for this trip I was going to use the Serenity NetTent for the first time. Jens was also eager to test some of his new gear, including his HMG Echo shelter and a brand new Roberts sleeping bag he got the week before.

Omberg is a forest covered mountain next to lake Vättern about half an hours car ride from Jönköping. The mountain is an Ecopark with both roads and smaller trails running all over the park.

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Crystal clear water in Stocklycke harbour.

We started our hike on the south side of Omberg and went for a quick look at the ruins of Alvastra kloster. After this we followed the beach line through the forest and soon ended up at Stocklycke harbour. An old harbour used to ship timber from the woods at Omberg.

By now the weather was fantastic and the surface of Vättern was completely still, making visibility in the water perfect. The first real summer day of the year!

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My Imo pack is starting to get some mileage now. A fantastic little backpack!

After this we walked down to a small bay named Oxbåset. To get down to the water we had to do a pretty steep climb along a ravine, but it was all worth it when we finally got to the water.

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Enjoying the view at Oxbåset.

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Oxbåset.

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The sun was shining and we stopped for a while and cooked some coffee. After a slow start of the summer the sun threatened to burn our skin so we soon decided to move on.

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Pitching the Gatewood Cape with Serenity net at Älvarums udde.

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My gatewood Cape and Jens HMG Echo II at Älvarums udde.

In the evening we arrived at Älvarums udde and made some dinner down by the waterfront watching the sun settle. After this we pitched both our shelters with a view over Vättern.

The night was calm and I could sleep inside my net tent with the front door open towards the sea. Giving me a view over the last sunlight over Vättern before I fell asleep.

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View over Vättern from Hjässan, Ombergs highest point.

The next day was a short affair. We made quick breakfast, broke camp and went back in the same direction as we arrived the day before. Halfway we decided to go up to the top of Omberg, Hjässan, to enjoy the views over the surrounding landscape.

From there it was a short walk down hill untill we were back at the car. Satisfied after a short trip in stunning surroundings enjoying fantastic weather.

All pictures in this blog post by Jens Fagerberg.

Why Cuben Fiber?

It’s white, it’s crinkly, it’s waterproof and it feels like it weighs about as much as a tissue paper. But what exactly is Cuben Fiber, and why use it?

When I first delved into the world of ultralight backpacking, I combed the Internet trying to find a technologically advanced material that would change my backcountry experience. The fabrics used at the time had major limitations. For example, Silnylon, the primary lightweight fabric used, absorbed moisture and swelled and sagged, requiring constant re-tensioning. The slippery material also forced people to put liquid glues on the floors of their tents to keep their pads in place. Worst of all, silnylon is made when both sides of a thin, woven nylon fabric are saturated with liquid silicone, and there were no standards for these silicone coatings. So basically every batch was different. So when I discovered a small cottage industry outdoor company using Cuben Fiber I did some more research.

Read more at Hyperlite Mountain Gears blog.

Cuben Fiber is the best fabric for ultralight shelters and backpacks, no doubt.

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Bearpawwd PyraNet 2 inner – First impression

About a year ago I bought a inner for my Hyperlite Mountain Gear (HMG) UltaMid 2 tent. The first inner I received had the wrong specifications and the door opened inwards to the side so I had to return it to Bearpawwd, there were some miscommunication via e-mail. Anyhow I returned the first inner and received the right model for my tent, the Bearpawwd PyraNet 2 “Ultramid 2 modification”.

 

After I received the right one I actually never picked it up out of the pouch that it came in… It has been stored in one of my gear boxes ever since. Now about a year later Jon and I decided that it might be good to bring it and test it out on our trip to Skåne and I’m glad we did because it was a really good inner!

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Staking out the UltaMid as the sun sets over Bjärehalvön.

At the time when I was looking for a inner for my UltaMid 2 the market weren’t that big. There were a few different manufacturers but basically the only inner that had good specifications to fit the UltaMid without having too much dead space inside the tent was the PyraNet 2, “Ultramid-mod” (will refer only as PyraNet 2 in the text). Now a year later HMG has released their own inner for the UltaMids which are a little lighter than the PyraNet that I’ve got.

Specifications

  • Silnylon bathtub floor
  • Water-sealed drawstring peak/floor seal for the center pole
  • No-see-um mesh
  • Double zipper opening
  • 730 grams
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Bearpawwd PyraNet 2 inside my HMG UltaMid 2 tent.

The PyraNet 2 weighs in at about 730 grams compared to HMG’s equivalent at 595 grams. The HMG comes with a cuben fiber bathtub floor and I got the PyraNet 2 with a silnylon floor. If you want to be 135 grams lighter your wallet will also be 240 USD lighter excluding shipping. For me if I were to buy the inner now with both options available I think I’d still go for the Bearpawwd because I won’t be using the inner for every overnighter I do. Well maybe I’d get it with a cuben fiber floor instead, it would still be cheaper, and lighter.

Regarding the silnylon floor… With our Therm-a-rest NeoAir X-Lite sleeping pads it’s like sleeping in an ice skating rink. Slipping and sliding all over the place! It can get cozy really fast if the ground isn’t level.

I opted for the version with double zipper opening. Now in retrospect I could have gone with the standard full-right/left-opening with only one zipper. That would have shaved off a few grams.

The inner packs away nicely in a small silnylon stuff sack. It also comes with a few meters of red paracord so that you can attach the inner directly to the tent without using any extra tent pegs. For this first test we used tent pegs, one in each corner, but in the future we’ll most likely only use the paracord as it’s more convenient and you can adjust the position of the inner more easily.

One small modification will have to be done to the tent. If you look closely at the picture above you can see that the inner wall is a little saggy which steals a few centimeters of head room. The solution to this would be to tape a small cord to the inner wall of the tent so that you can attach the inner to just like any double wall tent from say Fjällräven or Hilleberg. The inner actually has a small attachment buckle on the inner wall just for this purpose so no modification will have to be done there. *Updated 2015-07-12 – There was no real need for this modification after the supplied cords were attached with a little finness, see pictures below.

 

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One drawback with using a inner is that you can’t use the loops inside the tent to make a makeshift clothes line for drying your socks overnight as we’ve done so many times before.

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Tower of doom.

All in all I’m very happy with my purchase and so far so good. It fits perfectly with the UltaMid 2 so I can only recommend it if you’re in the market for a two person inner. I’ve heard rumors that HMG will be making a single person inner for their UltaMid-series so if you’re hiking alone that would be something to keep an eye out for.

Happy hiking!

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Iceland – 2002

Back in 2002 I visited Iceland with my classmates. It was an awesome trip as I remember it. We’d booked an off-road bus and traveled Iceland and slept in tents in different places.

So why do I post this now? Is it because the last post had pictures from there or is there something else that I’m not telling you?

Here are some pictures from 2002 shot with a cheap analog camera and some Kodak ISO 400 film.

Our travel itinerary was something like this. Landed on Iceland and went to Reykjavik to buy some food and snacks. After that we headed out to our first stop at Tingvalla, Thing Fields. On the second day we’re off to Gullfoss, Golden Falls and in that general area looking at geysers and other cool things. Drove around in our bus to other awesome spots like the Blue lagoon etc, etc, and then back to Reykjavik for some whale spotting and recreation.

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Gullfoss – Golden Falls

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Gullfoss, up close and personal. Me to the left.

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Gjáin

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Gjáin area

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Háifoss – High Falls

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Háifoss neighbor Glanni.

This was one of my favorites places on this trip. The picture below might even be the best one I took during my time on Iceland in my opinion.

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The river floating away from Háifoss and Glanni.

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Skogáfoss area

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Skógafoss – Forest Falls

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I’m standing under the rainbow infront of Skógafoss.

Here we are down by the Atlantic looking at the Puffins nesting there. You know the black and white birds with colorful beaks.

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Walking on glaciers.

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Me in the center.

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Looking down a deep crevasse. Scary!

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Eyjafjallajökull

These are the tents that we slept in. At this particular place we had a nasty storm coming in during the night and rain and wind struck our tents hard. In the morning only two tents were still standing upright if I’m not misstaken! And when I woke up it was like being in a swimming pool… In this picture I’m in the foreground and I think I’m doing some dinner preparations.

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Back in Reykjavik again and we’re about to go whale spotting. Skärmavbild 2014-10-25 kl. 13.18.31 Skärmavbild 2014-10-25 kl. 13.18.43Ah, the memories 🙂

New tent manufacturer in the UK – Trekkertent

Go and check out Trekkertent. They’ve just started their production of different shelters and so far so good in my opinion.

They have some really nice looking products that are not too pricy! I personally like the Drift 1. It weighs in at 0.94kg and it basically looks like the Zpacks Hexamid Solplex tent but in silnylon rather than cuben fiber, which makes it a cheaper alternative. The Stealth looks really nice too at only 590g.

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My guesses are that they will start making those models for two person too in the future.

HMG Ultamid 2 – First Pitch

Great weather outside this whole weekend and now that I finally had received everything to make the first pitch it was time to do it. I waited for Jon to come home from his grandpa’s as he needs to know how to pitch the tent as much as I do.

Here are some pictures with the tent setup in our yard. Unfortunately we mowed the lawn afterwards 🙂

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Pitched infront of our house.

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Me and my daughter Alma enjoying the new tent. Granite Gear Crown V.C 60 in the foreground and Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork trekking poles holding everything up in place.

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Jon holds the door open.

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Looks like a dog sits behind the tent but it’s actually Jon with his cap on leaning forward making adjustments on the guylines.

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Jon taking a quick nap with his Fellraisers on.