HOW TOUGH IS THE ADVENTURE?
This is a frequent question and our experience tells us that no mater how much information and fact we share, the feeling is most often very personal and subjective. For your own and other participants safety you should at least have hiked 40 kilometers with the equipment you plan to carry. Why not divide it in a few hikes at home. You also need to be sure how to pitch your tent. If we get challenging weather this gets more important.
Your physical health, spirit and previous experience of having spent time in the outdoors also matters. As well as temperature, level of snow and how well you adapt your your clothing and listen to your body. You have a big responsibility in adapting your clothing not to freeze or sweat and you need to make sure you drink and eat on a regular basis. Well as you understand it is not an easy question – nevertheless, if you are in decent condition and know your equipment you will make it. Below we will make a try to put a number on the challenge.
We use the following scale:
1) Easy hiking
2) Somewhat Challenging hiking
3) Challenging Hiking
4) Exhausting Hiking
Given the fact that you carry your own equipment and the terrain is partly steep we classify the Winter Hike as 3 – Challenging Hiking. However, if you choose the shorter routes Day I and Day II it is level 2 – Somewhat challenging hiking.
– ORDINARY ROUTES
3 = Challenging Hiking
The ordinary route for the High Coast Winter Hike will set you out on 5-7 hours of active hiking per day. This means there is plenty of time for rest and embracing the magnificent landscape. The terrain is varied and some parts of the hike are steep – it is called the High Coast for a reason. Some distances are more tough – Mt. Slåttdalsberget, Mt. Stampberget and Mt. Skuleberget. You will need need some previous hiking experience and be physcal fit.
Distances: 8-12 km, 5-7 hours
Classification: 3 – Challenging hiking
Recommendation: Have hiked 40 km with equipment. Comfortable with putting up the tent and have spend a night in it. Preferably during winter.
– SHORTER ROUTES
2 = Somewhat Challenging Hiking
Day I and Day II you can choose a shorter distance on 5 kilometers per day. The terrain is still varied and steep but you will have even more time to recover and have nice fika in the woods and on top of the mountains. If you hike the shorter routes in a slow pace you will reach the nightcamps at around 16:00. If you are not sure which route to choose – well take the shorter Day I and then you decide on Day II. During Day III we all hike the same route, however you can choose to skip the hike up Skuleberget and finish down in FriluftsByn. But this is something we do not recommend because the view from the top is too amazing.
Distances: 5-12 km, 4-7 hours
Classification: 2 – Somewhat challenging.
Recommendation: Have hiked 30 km with your equipment. Comfortable with putting up the tent and have spend a night in it.
“I LEARNED A LOT”
It was the first time I ever put on snow shoes or tried to put up a tent in snow. I learned a lot and had a fantastic time! The hiking itself was a good balance. It was tough in places but the distances not too great, which left plenty of time for relaxing and taking 2 hours to put the tent up!
/ Martin Ball, England
“I ENJOYED IT EVERY NIGHT”
It was the first time for me sleeping in a tent during winter. The tour itself wasn’t too tough being used to some relief and terrain. Camping in the snow was a great experience and I enjoyed every night. The two main factors to enjoy the trip for me was to stay dry (moisture is your biggest enemy) and to have a warm sleeping bag, or two put together.
/ Elsa Löffler, Germany
“JUMP INTO THE ADVENTURE”
To people still doubting to do it, I would say take the jump into the adventure. Read all the tips carefully, follow them thru and you should be just fine! It speaks for itself you should be able to pitch a tent and prepare yourself. Both mentally and physically. And if you need help…don’t hesitate to ask. There are guides and more experienced hikers who can lend you a hand. Don’t be scared about the distances. If you are in normal condition you are able to hike them. It is not a race, it is about enjoying nature and the magical beauty of winter time.
/ Robbie Lybaert, Belgium
“EVERYONE LOVES TO HELP”
You can always fall back on the group members or the organisation. Asking questions is never an issue and everyone loves to help. The landscape is beautiful. With some nice shoes, layered clothing, a warm enough sleeping bag you will get through. Think a bit, learn and you’ll get comfort and beauty as reward.
/ Jorik Gelderman, Belgium
“IF YOU HAVE ANY REGULAR EXCERCISE, ANYONE CAN PULL IT OFF”
I am a 47 year old, overweight. office guy who never camped in his life, but even I did it this february. Only the first day was hard, but it was because we did the long route in half the day and didn’t drink enough, ending up with cramp and a hurt hamstring. Due to the hamstring, managed to carry on next day by taking the short route. Was it tough, for me? Yes, but if you have any regular excercises I think anyone can pull it off. And then there’s the great organisation behind it all, with kind and helpful people who will help you, motivate you and inspire you. As one volunteer told me, this hike is not about finishing first, or with your backpack, but about enjoying yourself and the beautiful nature.
This hike inspired me to do the summer one also, I will be there again.
/ Valentin Šendula, The Neatherlands