2 Week Solo Winter Hike at Bergslagsleden

For a long time I have had the cravings for hiking, being in the outdoors. Due to my financial situation I have not been able to afford this. Sure I could have borrowed equipment such as sleeping-bag, tent and backpack and the likes but no, not really. Now that things have changed I have spent a lot of money on gear, equipped with pretty much everything I need for longer trips any time of year.

This is, if remember correctly, about 500 meters down to the water (might have been more).

Earlier this year, Juli to August to be exact, I went on a biking trip through Norway with my brother and a common friend; two weeks between Åre (Sweden) out to Trondheim (Norway) down to Bergen (Norway), a trip at about 1000 kilometers. It was wonderful. When the trip was over I felt like a couple of more weeks could do but the summer vacation was over and I had to get back home and go to work. Surly there was times when things sucked, like the first day when both my legs cramped up completely and we had to check in on a hostel only having done half the distance planned for the day. But that’s part of an adventure – power through and you will excel.

Since I did only have two weeks vacation this past summer (out of five) I have some left to use. I have planned a solo trip along the Swedish trail called Bergslagsleden, 280 kilometers. This I will do over New Years and I have planned twelve nights and thirteen days. This will be my first solo trip, except for a few overnighters here and there in the past months.

The route we took, with some deviations along the way. Note that the stretch is calculated for car.

My hopes are that we will get snow. Does not look like it at the moment as all we got now is gray days with rain. Things can change over night. Going just a few miles north and there is plenty of snow. It’s just a matter before it comes here too. Although I like to have snow I am not worried about “bad” weather. I kind of like harsh conditions. One of my greatest days on the Norway trip was when we had to take a detour due to a flooding that took out the roads; we ended up on a gravelled road up a mountain in rain and about 5-7 degree Celsius. I loved it. There’s something very rewarding when succeeding despite hard and unforeseen events.

My bike and my tent at one of the camps.

When my winter hike is done you can be sure that I will blog a post or two about it. So if you are curious of the adventures of A Coffee Loving Playwright With His Head In The Bushes then please do follow so you won’t miss any updates. This time around I will have my DSLR with my and shoot both photos and videos.

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Author: Alaska Frank

Who is Alaska Frank? Some would describe him as a strange fellow with really messed up ideas. Maybe that’s true as his scripts are pretty damn odd. And brutal. For me, Alaska Frank is my personal way to handle reality. He’s my alter ego I created long ago to match the way I feel. The name Alaska points to my cold heart and no feeling of regret or shame or any other feelings for that matter. Frank stands for my honesty to everyone in any given situation. Some might take this as something offensive and become mad or sad or both while others appreciate it. My alter ego Alaska Frank has grown over the years and has now, in recent times he has become a real person for me. Even if you can’t meet Alaska Frank in real person he exist within me and follows me everywhere and I can bring him out whenever I need him. This might sound odd, like I escape the reality, afraid to meet the harsh. This is not the case. Alaska Frank is me and has always been me. It’s just not until my later years I realized it. Call it an identity crisis. Or any other thing if you like. But the fact is – I am Alaska Frank. And will always be. And I identify myself with my own creation. The main occupation for Alaska is writing, mostly drama for the stage but at some occasions he also writes fiction novels and poetry. He is fond charmed by the things presented with an open mind, things created to think and philosophize about. A bit of odd dark humor thrown in to it does not hurt either. Alaska Frank is pretty open with his projects he’s working on and if you are interested you can read small and early synopsis-like presentations of a bunch of stories he has in the Upcoming project and Current Project-pages. Feel free to comment on everything you read on this blog, either it’s posts or pages. I will answer if there’s a question in hand. Something else you might want to know: Alaska Frank is from Sweden, hence his main language are not English. He writes in English for the simple reason to learn, so if you read any of the content on this blog feel free to comment on this matter.

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