Category Archives: Green Ribbon

My Green Ribbon 2015 video

I finally got round to stitching together the GoPro footage of my two-month hike through the Swedish mountains in summer 2015. The Green Ribbon (or ‘Gröna Bandet’) is a long-distance challenge where you walk the length of the Scandinavian mountain … Continue reading

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The big expedition gear review: navigation and miscellaneous kit

Behold, the third and final part of my massive gear review, following this summer’s Green Ribbon. Parts one and two concerned sleeping and eating and clothing, and now I’m finishing with navigation, plus all those extra little oddments which didn’t … Continue reading

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Returning from my Green Ribbon, and a bit of hindsight

I’m finally back at my cottage, conspicuous from afar in our well-kept village on account of its wild, untrimmed hedges and a little front garden so overgrown that you can barely see the door. Across the road, my old Volvo … Continue reading

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Treriksröset

So here I am. The border cairn at Treriksröset, my finish line at the Finnish line. Fifty-six days and 1391km on the trail, and my Green Ribbon is over. It’s been the most wonderful adventure, and while I’m elated to … Continue reading

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Nordkalotten

Let it be said, the Nordkalotten trail as it cuts up through Norway is an absolute joy for hikers. It’s fairly demanding at times, with a lot of ascent through high mountain passes, a good dose of rocky terrain and … Continue reading

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Abisko

After sixteen days walking the Kungsleden, I’ve reached the flash turiststation at Abisko, and I find myself in contemplative mood. This final part of the Kungsleden was everything I was promised. Wide, easy trails, loads of people from all over … Continue reading

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Vakkotavare

After struggling just a little (mainly with my morale) on the previous leg from Jäkkvik, the stretch of path between Kvikkjokk and Saltoluokta has been an absolute treat. It’s like a giant assault course – you wind through a flooded … Continue reading

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Kvikkjokk

I’ve passed 1000km. Quite a milestone, in its way, though of course there is a lot further to go. Just a quick update from Kvikkjokk STF station, where I decided to have a night indoors to recharge and dry out. … Continue reading

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Ammarnäs, and time for some ruthless pack whittling

A quick update from the comfort of Ammarnäs hostel, where I spent last night sheltering from an electrical storm. Rarely have I been so pleased by a decision to take the valley path rather than the mountain one in order … Continue reading

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Hemavan

I’ve reached Hemavan, beginning of the Kungsleden and the end of stage three. It’s been a stretch of real highs and lows. Among the highlights was my wonderful birthday in Klimpfjäll, while the low point was undoubtedly Gustav’s accident, both … Continue reading

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