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25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: FINISH

Nordkapp. 82 days. 2533km. 566hrs of skiing. It has been a very special day. One of 82 very special days which form the most amazing journey of my life. I have always loved adventure and my work as a mountain guide has shown me how valuable adventure is in...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 82

Nordkapp tunnel to... 😉 Nordkapp! 😀🍾 48km 7hrs. I was on the road at 4.30am for the 2 1/2hr ski to Honningsvåg. I stopped at the gas station, swallowed a hamburger and two large coffees and hatched a plan. The ladies working there told me that Honningsvåg had been...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 81

Stohpojohka to Nordkapp tunnel. 🙈 62km 13hrs. What a day. Some days have so many diverse parts to them, so many aspects that’s it’s been almost impossible to describe briefly... I’ll try. The forecast suggested Thursday would be my best window to succeed in getting to Nordkapp. A famously...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 80

Skaidi to Stohpojohka. 32km 6 1/2hrs. A change in the weather demanded a change in the plan. I had hoped to stay on scooter tracks but wanted to get to an open shepherds hut tonight to break a potentially long day. Places to stay are decidedly less numerous up...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 79

Snowhole to Skaidi. 65km 13hrs. I slept surprisingly well in my snowhole... I say surprisingly because normally I associate them with getting up for night navigation such as on my winter ML and Mountain Guides assessment. Last night there was none of that shenanigans and I got a full 10hrs of...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 78

Joatkajarvi to Snowhole above Stabbursdalen. 35km 6 1/2hrs. Tania says: Last night I got lots of information from Steiner at Joatka about potential snow conditions in Stabbursdalen National Park in the northern part of the Finmarksvidda. People are being advised not to go there due to deep and unstable snow....

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 77

Máze to Joatkajávri Fjellstue. 60km 11hrs. Today I skied deep into the Finmarksvidda on windswept and silent scooter tracks. I'm back carrying all my gear so the rucksack is heavy but it's impossible to worry too much about that when you have such amazing views! No mountains except in the far...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 76

Kautokeino to Máze. 72km 10hrs. One of my reasons for taking a rest day yesterday was what was coming up next... the Finmarksvidda. I needed to get to Máze first. With no accommodation options in between that meant a big leap of 72km on scooter trails. My eyes widened as...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 75

Kautokeino rest day. After two long days I reached my final resupply package. I'm now fully stocked for my journey across the Finmarksvidda to the north. There are no mountains as such, but a rolling, open arctic plateau which is often featureless and exposed to the elements....

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 74

Hirvassvuopio to Kautokeino. 50km 10 1/2hrs. When I arrived at the forest hut I was not alone. A forest service worker speaking pigeon English was there. He was sceptical about my plan and called my holiday "extreme". I was keenly aware that I could be skiing into a dead end....

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 73

Kilpisjarvi to Hirvassvuopio. 61km 11 1/2hrs. Maps don't lie. Well not good maps anyway. Over a hundred kilometres separated me from Kautokeino. Despite the growing strength of the sun the snowpack was still in winter condition; comprising of largely unconsolidated facets, making for exhausting, if not impossible trail breaking. Staying...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 72

Kilpisjarvi rest and planning day. It's over one hundred kms from here to my next resupply at Kautokeino, with only one cabin in between and a section where the snow is likely to be... troublesome. I wanted to be sure that my plan was as solid as possible before...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 71

Råstojaure to Kilpisjarvi. 50km 9 1/2hrs. Sunrise lights up Råstojaure and slowly lifts frozen mist from the lake surface. The metal door handle to my cabin is lined with a hard frost and almost sticks to my hand before I quickly put on mitts. Last night the clocks went...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 70

Kamasjaure to Råstojaure. 36km 7hrs. The day dawned dull, grey and flat. When I opened the door to the shelter opaque low cloud veiled the southern horizon. Fortunately I was heading north towards a remote fishing village run by Sami, and a narrow strip of blue separating two flat grey...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 69

Torneträsk to Kamasjaure. 45km 8hrs. Starting out further along Torneträsk lake with a big day ahead, and in new boots always had the potential for trouble. I was hoping my preventive taping would do the trick. Another 10km of lake (How long IS this lake...?) and I leap ashore next...

25th Anniversary Appeal Expedition: Day 68

Abisko to Torneträsk. 45km 7 1/2hrs. It felt a little strange to ski out along the same small path onto Torneträsk lake this morning and turn east instead of west. So far my second start from Abisko has gone more smoothly than the first. Faultless weather and good skiing conditions...