As an avid mountaineer and outdoors enthusiast, I am increasingly drawn to remote and uncharted territory.
While it’s delightful to see an increasing number of people opening their eyes to sleeping outdoors during winter, the barrier to sleeping under the stars with neither a tent nor a hammock or even a tarp still seems to be a challenge to most.
Yesterday I achieved two independent but still linked health goals. First of all, yesterday was my 730th day of walking 10,000 or more steps every single day without a break. That’s two full years of minimum 10k steps per day or more, regardless of weather, wear, pains, aches and other commitments.
MASSIV Statistics showing total distance, number of steps, steepest ascent, highest altitude, coldest temperature and more.
The good news is that the so-called “Post-Expedition Melancholy” did not kick in. The better news is that seeing the wife and kids again possibly exceeded some pretty high expectations. Celebrating our reunion with champagne and sushi probably helped. And yes – the kids got a non-alcoholic version.
Sunday, August 28th Second last day of the adventure off to a good start. After a great Indonesian chicken and rice dish last night and tucking in early, I enjoyed yet another really good night’s sleep.
Saturday, August 27th Today has been pretty close to perfect. As I am writing this I sit baking in the sun enjoying the beautiful view at Litlos, one of the most remote cabins on the entire MASSIV route.
The very last day on the trail. A day I’ve been dreading. Had the final Real Field Meal with Pulled Pork last night and enjoyed watching the sunset over the mountains before yet another early night.
Arrived safely at Sandhaug just before three o’clock, probably setting the speed record so far on MASSIV with an average moving speed of 5.2 km/h.
Today’s the second day of the last of the four mountain areas of MASSIV, Hardangervidda. Yesterday at Krækkja was super and such a contrast to Finse.
Relatively uneventful hike from Finse to Krækkja. Finse was however a bit of a disappointment. Just like Sognefjellshytta, it was so large and full of people that I couldn’t help getting an industrial feeling while there.
Today’s section was short and sweet and most certainly among the easier of the entire trail. Fully charged with three servings of moose stew for dinner last night, I hit the trail at nine o’clock as usual.
Monday, August 22nd Today’s been the second and final rest day of my MASSIV adventure. One week from today I’ll be arriving at Haukeliseter – the end point. One week to go. How time flies.