Category Archives: Green Ribbon

Man down

Yesterday was a truly calamitous day. It rained steadily from mid-morning as we descended through increasingly marshy terrain, then just 20 metres from the road at Gransjö, Gustav slipped and fell on a slimy plank of rotten duckboarding. And he … Continue reading

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Another mountain birthday

Yesterday I turned thirty-two, and I couldn’t have asked for much more from a birthday. We had a day of classic mountain walking, on wide, well-marked trails, with clear skies. At the end of it we dropped down into Klimpfjäll, … Continue reading

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The long road through Jämtland

I’m currently sitting, blissfully clean, fed and warm, looking out at the rain from a cabin at Gäddede Camping, in Northern Jämtland. The second leg of my journey is complete. It’s fair to say there have been some tough days … Continue reading

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Åre, and first leg down

I’ve reached my first resupply stop, at a smart town called Åre, in Jämtland. I’m scrubbed clean, boots swapped for flip-flops, sitting in the sunshine with a milkshake. The hard life strikes again. It’s been an eventful few days since … Continue reading

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Helags

A quick update from Helags mountain station, where I am just finishing an unexpected lunch of waffles with hot coffee. Proof, if any were needed, that trekking isn’t all toil and hardship. It’s my seventh day today, and I’m a … Continue reading

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Tonight, Stockholm…

Tomorrow evening, hopefully, I’ll arrive at Grövelsjön mountain station, and if the conditions are decent enough then the following day, on Midsummer’s Eve, I’ll start the long walk north. In all likelihood, there will be a bit of radio silence … Continue reading

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Ready, set…

My bag is packed, unpacked, repacked. My route is planned, checked, rechecked. One of my fellow ‘Green Bandits’ (blog here, in Swedish) very kindly let me know a couple of days ago that he’d spoken to the wardens at Grövelsjön … Continue reading

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Snow, snow, go away

Just a quick update for those interested in the progress of my summer adventure. I was planning to start my Green Ribbon attempt this week, but unfortunately I’m going to have to delay getting my boots on the trail for … Continue reading

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The next big adventure

I’ve been keeping it reasonably quiet during the planning stages, but yesterday my name appeared on the official website for people attempting the Green Ribbon 2015, and it is all suddenly beginning to feel very real. The Green Ribbon, (or … Continue reading

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