EuroSCHIRM Swing Liteflex Trekking Umbrella

EuroSCHIRM Swing Liteflex Trekking Umbrella

The EuroSCHIRM Swing liteflex trekking umbrella, which has been a part of my gear system for nearly 1½ years. It would probably be the most used piece of gear I own. Unless I’m dead sure that I won’t see any rain on a hike then it is a permanent item on my gear list.

It weighs 225 g and I supplement it with the ULA Equipment rain kilt (81 g) and if the wind is blowing sideways, like it was on my last adventure, then I use my Berghaus Hyper Shell Jacket (89 g).

Total rain protection = 395 g which probably weighs less than most traditional rain jackets.

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I prefer to pack one of my trekking poles and just hold it instead of a fastening system on my pack. This is also good when the wind gets up and I simply angle the umbrella into the wind. I’ve used it in fairly stormy conditions and it holds up to the task.

It is also UV 50+ rated on the top silver side, so you can use it in heated summer weather as well for shade. I also use my umbrella as shelter when cooking in heaving rain, which I have done on occasions.

I guess I would say that I never leave home without it.

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Skåneleden Trail SL1 / Sections 8 & 9 (Sweden)

Skåneleden Trail SL1 / Sections 8 & 9 (Sweden)

I had planned to walk both sections 8 and almost all of 9 on Saturday, so I thought it best to overnight at Osby on Friday night and then get an early start Saturday morning. This is where I got off trail last time.

Friday October 13th 2017

I arrived at Osby train station at approximately 5 pm after leaving work early, racing home, change clothes, collect my packed gear, and catch the 03:05 pm train from Copenhagen central. About 100 m from the Osby train station is Stora Hotel. This would be home for the night. It was a bit strange because I have never done this before on one of my trips. But with the distance I needed to cover the next day and the fading light for this time of the year, I thought that this was my best option. Next door, at the ICA, I purchased a meal prepared that day and took it back to the hotel, where on the 2nd floor, I used the kitchen’s microwave oven to heat my meal. I hit the sack early.

Saturday October 14th 2017

I awoke to a dark and wet morning; this was not the weather forecast I got! No problem, this is what it is all about. I was down at the bistro when it opened at 8 AM. I made sure that I ate a full breakfast that would keep me going for most of the morning. It was going to be a long and hard day.

At 08:40 am I set out on section 8 from Osby. It was easy to find the trail with the distinct orange blazers.

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It was easy to find the trail with the distinct orange blazers.

I walked from the start through a couple kilometres of swamp area and at some stage I came across this huge stone. Kristusstenen (The Christ Stone). Legend has it that this is the place where the Viking chief called Ilje died when he was struck by lightning which also split the boulder. Look into the cleft, the inside of the stone is shaped like a Jesus figure tied to a crucifix.

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Kristusstenen (The Christ Stone)

I continued through the wetlands along gravel roads through spruce plantations. I thought that I should mention here that at Hörlinge you have to pay particularly good attention, because the trail takes a sharp right and it is very poorly marked. There are no signs pointing you in the right direction and for a while, there are no trail blazers, indicating that you are on the right track. So you have to pay attention to your map.

For a while the trail followed Helge River.

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Looking down towards Helge River

I passed through Verum where I looked for water in the church grounds there. Unfortunately all the taps had a sign placed near them saying that the water was not drinking water. About 2 kilometres from Verum the shelter area is located. There is a water source there, but I would not advise to use it as the area is heavily used by cattle. I would suggest to filter water from the Helge River, which is the half way mark on section 8, if you need to fill up. I had a 15 minute lunch break at the shelter. It was great to get out of the rain for a while. Luckily the temperature was a warm 15 or 16 ℃, so it was actually quite pleasant sitting in the shelter.

After lunch, I started section 9 Verum – Vittsjö. Although I would stop short today and camp at the lake at Vittsjö. I didn’t get any more photos taken on this section; I was concentrating on making it to my planned site for the night and the rain actually really started to come down and the wind was getting up too.

I had hiked all day in wind and rain and I finally reached my planned site for the night after 33 km only to find that the area was already occupied. I was on the nature reserve here and you are only allowed to camp at the designated sites. The official site had been “overtaken” by 4 or 5 guys that had rode their motor-cross bikes in on the trail and hung tarps up etc. completely using the whole area and with motorbikes parked where it was meant for tents to be pitched. It looked like a large army style base camp. I was hoping that the shelter wouldn’t be occupied because it was not easily accessible for “car campers” when I looked at the map. I hadn’t thought of this possibility. This, I believe, is not allowed and is a selfish act.

As I was on foot, it was approaching dark, and I was very tired after hiking many kilometres through bad weather all day, I had no choice but to find another place to pitch my shelter. So I continued along the trail a while and then headed into the forest looking for a good spot. Then I realised that I was on an old unused trail. Soon it ended and I found this flat spot. This site was actually on the “back side” of the official shelter site. Although, I did my best as not to camp too far from the official site, and I could still see it from mine. I am a strong believer in doing the “right thing” and “leave no trace” is also important to me. I’m one of these crazy guys that sort the garbage at home and go mad at the rest of the family if they don’t put things in the correct bins etc.

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Zpacks Duplex shelter

It rained all night but I slept like a baby. I was pretty happy with the pitch too and I blended right in so no one really knew that I was there.

Sunday October 15th 2017

I awoke early and as soon as it was light. It had stopped raining now, although there were still dark cloudy skies. I was at the train station at Vittsjö at 09:00 am. Unfortunately the train had already been by 15 minutes before and I had to wait for two hours before the next train arrived. I guess I should have consulted the train plan the night before. I’m used to trains at least every 20 minutes at home and most of the places here in Skåne they come by every hour. But this place was in the middle of nowhere. I arrived home in Copenhagen around 2 PM.

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A big thumbs up to Cumulus – manufacturer of down sleeping bags and outdoor accessories

A big thumbs up to Cumulus – manufacturer of down sleeping bags and outdoor accessories

Fantastic customer service & great warranty program!

Back in June this year I published an article on my ultra lightweight sleeping system. I wrote “I have noticed that when I pack my gear in the mornings that there are some small amounts of goose down from the quilt in my shelter. I’ve only noticed this after I started compacting it.”

So I have finally found out why I was loosing the filling; I found a hole in the outer material where it was coming away from the seam. See below.

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The hole appeared on the bottom of the quilt near the seam – I placed some tape over the area so as not to loose anymore filling before returning it.

I contacted Cumulus sending them photos and a copy of my purchase receipt. Although they state on their warranty page “It is not necessary to include proof of purchase, we take full responsibility for all our products.”

They answered my e-mail the very next day asking me to send the quilt to them in Poland. They also said, after reviewing my case, that they will repair the quilt under the warranty and cover the transport costs.

After only one week, Cumulus had repaired my quilt and sent it back to me, and I received it one week later in Denmark, so expedition time frame for the reparation was two weeks. They have also reimbursed me for the transport cost from Denmark to Poland. There are no forms to fill out and no red tape; just the way I like to do business.

This is a professional company with great gear and fantastic customer service!

Thank you Cumulus


I also own and use Cumulus Panyam 450 and Cumulus Panama 600 sleeping bags.


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Skåneleden Trail SL1 / Sections 6 & 7 (Sweden)

Skåneleden Trail SL1 / Sections 6 & 7 (Sweden)

It was on this section of the SL1, near Vesslarp, where I had to get off trail in May this year due to serious illness.

Elevations: Start elevation 130 m / Camp elevation 110 m / End elevation 68 m

Distances: 6 km + 19.7 km + 18.9 = 44.7 km

Photos on Facebook and Flickr

September 23rd 2017

I rode on the Oresundtrain from Copenhagen to Osby in Sweden. Here, I waited 50 min. for my bus to Lönsboda bus station. It was 12:15 pm when I arrived at Lönsboda and 12:18 pm when I started my hike.

From Lönsboda I had 6 km of road walking to get to Vesslarp shelter so that I could re-start the section 6 that I did not complete last time I was here in May 2017. Conditions were good; no rain even though there were very overcast skies, temperatures were warm around 15 ºC and no wind.

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Re-starting/finishing stage 6 SL1 #skåneleden long distance trail in Sweden.
Photo taken at Vesslarp. This is the section I had to abandon back in May this year because I was seriously ill. Heading to Gilmåkra where I will make camp. 25.7 km today after a start in Lönsboda.

I kept up a good pace all afternoon and managed to average around 4 km per hour. I didn’t take any breaks although I was making sure that I was well hydrated.  With the knowledge of the fact that I was taken ill last time I was here, I was keen to get past “the location” with all the bad memories attached.

It wasn’t long before my trail shoes and trousers were wet; the ground cover for the next two days was very moist from the recent rains. Although, my shoes and pants dried quickly, they managed to stay moist most of the hike. Because of all the moisture, there were a lot of mushrooms and fungi about, some with beautiful red colours.

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Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, is a mushroom and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, one of many in the genus Amanita.

Passing by Vesslarp Lake, I stopped at a campsite that canoeists use to overnight at. I filtered some water last time I was here in May. Here is the view.

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Vesslarp Lake

At around Simontorp you can re-supply with water, although I had an extra 700 ml with me so it was not necessary to fill here. My base weight was around 5 kg, and so the 1.4 ltr of water that I carried was no burden for me.

From here on it was all new country for me as I had now passed “the area” where I stopped last time. The closer you get to Glimåkra the more open the landscape becomes. Here is a photo of the area just past Glimåkra.

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Not far from Glimåkra

When I arrived at the lake at Glimåkra I didn’t have long before it would be sunset. I read that there was water available here but I was having trouble locating the source and I had to use my time smart as there wasn’t much daylight left. I saw some locals enjoying a beer near the lake and asked them. They were not sure either. I knew that the shelter site was about 600 m up on the hill so I headed in that direction. I found the outdoors tap on the pumping station building on the other side of the lake. I yelled out to the people, that I had just met, that the tap was here. I wasn’t worried all this time because I had my water filter with me just in case, but it was nice that I could just fill up.

I had my shelter up in no time and was soon enjoying my evening meal. The temperatures were very pleasent for this time of the year and it was only necessary for me to wear my wind jacket. The night temps were around 13 ℃.  I was exhausted and hungry after a long day, but this was one of the best nights of sleep I have ever had on the trail; didn’t even need my ear plugs. Today’s walk was 25.7 km and my elevation tonight is 110 m.

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Not a good pitch on my Zpacks Duplex shelter I know, but I ran out of daylight and this was the best I could do. Had to enhance the photo to lighten it a bit.

 

September 24th 2017

I awoke to a warm overcast day. Sunrise was around 06:50 am. I didn’t have far to hike today, around 19 km, so I took my time. It was around 9 am when I got on trail. At around lunchtime the sun came out and the temps were around 20 ℃.

As I approached Osby, which is where I got off the train yesterday, I passed by more and more locals out walking. At around 1 pm I arrived at the train station about 3 minutes before the train arrived, which took me directly back to Copenhagen in Denmark. Pretty good timing!

Final thoughts

This is the first time I’m using my HMG PODS. They are expensive and I was a little hesitate about purchasing them, but I gotta tell you that I’m hooked. They are so easy to pack and then store either in my 2400 Windrider ultralight pack or the 3400 that I use in the winter months. I’ve got 1 small POD, which I use for clothes, essentials & my sleeping pad. And I’ve got 2 large PODS; 1 for my sleeping bag or quilt, and 1 for my food & cooking system.

The stuff sack pillow is the best! Love it! Tried blow ups and ended up tossing them aside and using a stuff sack with my clothes in it until I purchased the HMG pillow. Purchased in May 2016. I won’t use anything else now.

My Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Windrider at 799 grams I can’t say enough great about this pack. I’ve got no complaints here; nothing you don’t need and everything you do including a whistle!

And of course, the Zpacks Duplex at 595 grams has accompanied me on my hikes this last year. There is so much room in it and it is quick and easy to erect. I’ve been through all the seasons in it including winter snow and summer storms.

I used my Cumulus Panyam 450 sleeping bag as my Cumulus Quilt 250 was sent back to Poland for repairs; more of that later. But I can say that CUMULUS s.c. has a very good warranty and customer service program. A big thumbs up to them! 👍

My base weight was around 5 kg.

Thanks for reading. My next hike is on October 13th 2017.

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This is the gear I packed for this hike.

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Ridge walking at Hallandsås – Skåneleden Trail SL1 / Sections 15,18,19,20 & 21 (Sweden)

Ridge walking at Hallandsås – Skåneleden Trail SL1 / Sections 15,18,19,20 & 21 (Sweden)

A circular footpath on the Hallandsås ridge with a sense of the coast. Rolling hills, tall beech woodlands and deluxe panoramic landscapes await you here.

August 26th 2017

Departed Copenhagen 7:30 AM and drove towards Ängelsbäcksstrand in Sweden. The drive took me approximately 2 hours. It started to rain about 15 minutes before arrival and some of the showers were full on downpours. I found the car parking area that I had passed through on my last visit up this way. I got myself organised and was ready to go within minutes after arrival. I only needed my trekking umbrella up for about 500 meters and then the rain stopped. It did not start raining again until the next day when I arrived back at the car. Someone was really looking after me. 😇

I headed south in the direction of Vejbystrand and this section is called SL1 section 18. Walking conditions were perfect. Following the trail south, which follows the coastline, you walk through fenced off areas with livestock. Be careful to dodge all the cow poop.

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About 3 km from the parking area, this is taken just before Gryteskär which is where I camped last month when I was here. I’m using my HMG Windrider 2400 Pack. Base weight 4.9 kg.

I passed Gryteskär shelter area, which is where I camped last month, when I was here. Further down the coast, about 3 km after Gryteskär, I reached Vejbystrand and turned off section 18 and headed across sections 19 & 20 towards Örlid. This was the worst part of this hike; a fair bit of road walking!

After walking past Förslöv, I reached Hålehall where I could top up my water bottle. There is no need for a water filter on this circle trail as there are plenty of places to resupply. The road walking ceases at the base of the ascent to Hålehall and totalled about 10.5 km from Vejbystrand! Elevation at Hålehall is 140 m, so I had some great views up there. It was also in this area I found a lovely spot on the Hallandsåsen ridge to sit, with a view, and eat lunch.

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Section 20 from Hålehall. This was one of the prettiest parts of the trail.

After consumption of my lunch, I hiked on section 20 from Hålehall. This was one of the prettiest parts of the trail. Approximately 9 km from Hålehall, section 20 comes to an end at Örlid at elevation 178 m.

From here you are entering a nature reserve. The sign says 7.4 km to Båstad, which was my destination for today.

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7.4 km to Båstad, which was my destination and camp for tonight.

This section takes you through the Älemosse wetland where you walk on a long boardwalk through heath on both sides of the trail. This attracted a lot of insects too!

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The Älemosse wetland where you walk on a long boardwalk through heath.

The section ends at Båstad, but first you have to walk down a steep slope to the campsite. Elevation at the Båstad shelter area was 64 m. Total distance travelled today was 33 km.

When I arrived, I was the only one there. There isn’t much room at all up at the site. I managed to erect my Duplex not far from the shelter on the only flat area and only enough room for my shelter. I managed to make camp and do all the routine chores associated with camp life; dinner, listen to some podcasts, clean my teeth ready for bed etc.

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Me making sure that my Zpacks Duplex was tensioned correctly.

At around 08:30 PM four Danes arrived. They had hiked to another shelter but it was in use by som German hikers, so they had called a taxi and arrived back at their car, where they drove over and invaded my site. I was on my way to bed anyway, so it was okay. Not long after I had gone to bed, a couple of German hikers turned up and soon there was shining of headlamps, a lot of discussing on a suitable tent site etc. They had even entertained the idea of erecting their tent right up next to mine. I knew that would not be possible, so I turned off my podcast that I was listening to and tried to follow the conversations. Finally, they decided that it would not be a good idea. Next morning I discovered that they had placed their shelter down the slope not far from the WC.

August 27th 2017

I awoke just before 6.00 AM. It was a beautiful morning. I had camped under the cover of some trees, so my shelter was nice and dry. At 07:15 AM I had eaten breakfast, downed my morning coffee and packed.

Leaving the shelter, you walk on sealed and dirt roads again and this section heading back to the car at Ängelsbäcksstrand is section 21. I only had 14 km to cover today and about 11 km of them were on roads again!

As it was nice and early there was just about no-one about. I met one guy walking his dog, some cows, a deer and I startled a hare.

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The cows were out early this morning too on the Skåneleden Trail

Approximately 3 km from the car park the trail enters a nature reserve at Grevie. This was such a lovely area and with elevations of 88 m I had some great morning views of the coastline.

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I had some great morning views of the coastline not far from Grevie.

At 10:00 AM I arrived back at the car. Total kilometers hiked for my little adventure was 47.9 km. I really love this area and it definitely won’t be the last time I hike here. About two minutes after arrival, it started to rain.

I was back in Copenhagen at noon and managed to see Formula 1 in TV.

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Skåneleden Trail SL1 / Sections 16,17,18 & 22 (Sweden)

Skåneleden Trail SL1 / Sections 16,17,18 & 22 (Sweden)

Even though it was the middle of the summer, it was cool with overcast skies. It also looked like some rain was on the way too. I departed Copenhagen at 11:08 AM on Tuesday July 18th 2017 in the direction of Göteborg and my destination was Ängelholm in Sweden.

When I arrived at the train station in Ängelholm I needed to put on my wind jacket as it was very windy, cold and it was spitting to rain very slightly too. It was actually fantastic weather to hike in!

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The trail head at Ängelholm

I headed in the direction towards Vejbystrand and this section of SL1 is 22. I discovered the night before that Knut from Push Performance was also doing the same circuit but in the opposite direction. We crossed each other’s paths an hour into my hike. After finding a spot to sit down we talked for a while about our hiking styles, gear and solving all the world’s problems etc. Thanks for the chat Knut.

I continued to head up the coast and filled up some water somewhere around Vejbystrand as I was informed that no water could be attained at the site at Gryteskär. Gryteskär shelter area has plenty of room to erect a tent and the area is well protected behind some trees from the strong winds blowing in from the water. Today’s distance was aprox. 16 km. I talked to a couple from Canada and a woman from Sweden whom had hiked down from Torekov today.

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My camp at Gryteskär

I adjusted my trekking pole on the wind side to 120 cm and the Zpacks Duplex shelter sat exactly how I wanted it; nice and close to the ground. On the open side the pole was set at the recommended 122 cm. The ground was very soft although I managed to get my 6″ MSR Carbon Core stakes to sit very nicely. I went through my normal routine of dinner, a walk to the beach and then listening to some podcasts until it was time to insert my ear plugs and go to sleep. It was perfect sleeping conditions and I slept like a baby!

Wednesday July 19th 2017

I awoke early and before anyone else was up and about and departed camp around 07:45 AM. The weather was warm, the wind had died down and it wasn’t long before the skies were turned blue.

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Looking back at Grytskär where I had made camp the night before in the little forest area

Today’s plan was to hike to Knösen and sleep at the shelter area there. Although, I didn’t know it now, my plans would be changed.

There is also no water available at this site. I walked by Ängelsbäcksstrand, Öllövsstrand, Rammsjöstrand and stopped at the fishing village of Torekov for lunch. I had a nice break here for a hour or so. There were a lot of people about; it was a popular spot for the local Swedes.

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I took this shot at Öllövsstrand … very pretty countryside!

After lunch I couldn’t wait to get back on the trail. There was just too many people there for me. By now the sun was really beating down on me and the skies a beautiful blue. A real contrast from the day before.

After Torekov the sandy beaches are replaced by the stoney coastline through until Båstad. I stopped for a break around Sånkudde, just before Knösen, enjoying the warm sun and the beautiful views.

You can fill your water bottles at the hotel at Hovs Haller. There is a tap near the toilets, which were out of order and BTW costs 5 kr if you wish to use them. I don’t know if the water source is available year round.

As you can see from below, the trail heads straight up before arriving at Knösen.

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Section: 17 Torekov to Knösen

When I arrived at the Knösen Shelter area it was not that late and I was only about 13.5 km from Båstad, which is the end of the line for me. So I decided that I would not be sleeping in the wild again tonight and headed on.

As I approached Båstad I could hear loud music from the restaurants and bars at the harbour, there were a lot of people around and expensive speed boats were on display by the “rich and famous” Swedes. It felt like another world after I had spent the last couple of days “in the wild”.

At 19:28 PM I boarded the train and arrived in Copenhagen again at 10:00 PM after technical issues, changing trains etc. Total kilometers hiked today was about 41 km.

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Fjällräven Classic Denmark 2017

Fjällräven Classic Denmark 2017

The fourth time in Denmark, Fjällräven Classic Denmark offers a hiking experience on one of Denmarks’ most beautiful nature sights, the South Funen Archipelago-trail (Sydfynske Øhav – Øhavsstien). The hike has its starting point by the harbor of Faldsled and had a distance of 75 km (although I covered 79 km on this hike), with the goal line at Valdemars Slot, on Tåsinge, near the town Svendborg.

My base weight for this hike was 4.7 kg.

A photo of my gear and some details on Instagram and Flickr here.

The track covered on this hike on Garmin adventures here.

Wednesday 28th June 2017 at 9am. There are approximately 800 participants this year, about 400 starting today and the rest tomorrow. There were a lot of participants from Germany this time. We set off in light rain from Faldsled harbour. I am in the first starting group. Once again this year people are looking at my light pack and wondering how I can survive the next three days without 25 kg on my back.

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Euroschirm Swing Liteflex Trekking Umbrella

After about an hour the rain stops and the rest of the day we experience sunshine and no rain. At lunch time it is hot. This year the checkpoint, located at Østrup, has been moved 500 meters down the road. It is a lovely spot with a nice grass area and some tables and chairs. I take my trail shoes off and walk around on the grass. It was such lovely weather and a nice spot so we decide to take a long break chatting with people from all over the globe. I got talking with a guy from Taiwan. I camped next to him later that night.

At around the 20 km mark there is a shop. You can buy beer and other cold drinks there too or hot drinks for that matter. I settled for an old fashion soft ice-cream in a cone. I didn’t make these stops last year and raced through the trail. I decided that I would not do that this year as I wanted to enjoy the scenery and socialise with people from all over the globe.

At around the 26 km mark we arrive at camp one at Holstenshuus. The winds have really got up now and it is storming with gusts at around 18 m/s. It blows like this for the rest of the night. Although I put my ear plugs in and slept like a baby. However we are still lucky at this stage as the rain is keeping a distance with just some light precipitation. I managed to pack my shelter away dry on day two.

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Zpacks Duplex Shelter

 

Thursday 29th June 2017

Today we make our way down to the coastline again. We start off in some light rain. There is some good tree coverage in the forest so rain protection is not needed at this stage. However, the situation would soon be changed in many ways.

Last year and the other years the trail followed the stoney beach up to Præstens Skov. This was not possible this year as the water level was too high. There was no beach and no stones to hike on. Therefore we traversed inland on bitumen roads until we reached the checkpoint and the lunch break. Then the skies opened up and this is how the weather would remain the rest of the hike.

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Thi is what the beach looked like last year 2016. This year 2017 there was no beach and no stones. The water was right up to the grass area and therefore we had to detour on sealed roads until we reached the checkpoint at Præstens Skov.

I put on my rain skirt and my light rain jacket as the wind was blowing sideways too. Sitting under my trekking umbrella I managed to consume my lunch whilst being entertained with everyone else trying to do the same with traditional rain gear and ponchos.

After lunch the skies really opened up and we had a solid downpour of rain. I was actually really enjoying myself as I was quite comfortable under my trekking umbrella.

I guess I arrived at camp two at Egebjerg at around 2:30 pm. Being one of the first ones there I found a nice flat spot to pitch my shelter for the night. I was quite lucky as when I had to pitch the rain stopped and when I was all setup the skies opened up again. Then the rain didn’t really stop after that. I had a nice little nap for a couple of hours whilst waiting for the rest to make it to camp. They kept arriving until about 6:00 pm. Here is a little video of the rain pouring down on my Zpacks Duplex shelter with the door open on the sheltered side away from the winds.

Some guy also asked me if I was a little concerned about getting wet in my shelter as it was really going to rain tonight. I said to him that I didn’t really understand the question. He thought that because my shelter was so thin that the rain would eventually come through. I had to explain to him that it is actually watertight and that I have used the shelter all though winter and through storms too!

Friday 30th June 2017

I was lucky again today. The rains stopped enough for me to pack my camp down and when I had fastened the last straps on my pack and was ready to rock and roll, the skies opened up again. Once again it was a rain skirt and umbrella day. But no rain jacket was necessary as the winds had settled down and it was quite warm. I had a little chuckle looking around at everyone in rain pants and rain jackets and “hot” hiking boots. People were really suffering now with foot blisters too! Quite a few had also dropped out of the event. Some people asked me if I was concerned about my feet getting wet. I replied “water in, water out”.

I didn’t take anymore photos today as the rain simply didn’t stop all day. However at lunch time I sat in under the bridge at Svendborg and managed to keep dry. I finished at about 13:30 pm. No pics as it was pouring rain.

Conclusion

I had a lot of people inquire about my pack and setup again just like last year. I always seem to attract a fair bit of attention with my Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider 2400 pack and my Zpacks Duplex shelter just to name a few. Quite a few people are genuinely interested in hearing about the advantages of going lighter. I shared my experiences and knowledge of lightweight backpacking, giving tips on websites where they can purchase some lightweight gear etc.

I had one piece of gear that failed on me. However, I first noticed this when I arrived home. It was my Zpacks Dyneema Composite dry bag that I use for storing my quilt. It was still watertight, however the sewn seam was starting to open up. I repaired it with some Dyneema Composite repair tape and the seam is good to go again. No matter what they say, these dry bags just won’t last when you are compressing them in my experience. I think that I will start using my Zpacks Dyneema Composite pack liner again in the future. It is like a large dry bag for my pack (44 liters, 58 g).

Some people laughed at me in my rain skirt and trekking umbrella asking what I had on under my kilt etc. But I also heard some comments behind me like “he’s the smart one you know, he’s not cooking/sweating under that umbrella like we are in these rain pants and rain jackets”. But at the end of the day, I was the one that was dry when we reached the finish line and my feet were ready for another 75 km.