Classic Countdown

By Phil on 2014.07.25 In Fjällräven Classic

Well it’s two weeks today before I head back to Sweden to take part in the Fjällräven Classic, a 110km trek along the classic hiking trail Kungsleden (The King’s Trail) from the village of Nikkaluokta in the south to Abisko in the north. I can’t wait!

Kebnekaise, the highest mountain in Sweden

The Fjällräven Classic route

I’m really looking forward to this trek and meeting up again with 5 of my Fjällräven Polar 2014 team mates as well as Fjällräven Polar 2013 participant and fellow Outdrr blogger, Andrea from Norway. It will be good to catch up again and share what I’m sure will be another amazing experience. In the last few months we have been sharing various training tips, packing lists and many other things as we prepare for the Classic. The majority of us will be arriving on Friday the 8th, with Greg arriving on the 7th and charged with the task of finding us a good camping pitch, before our 9:00am start on Saturday the 9th of August.

My fellow Fjällräven Polar Homies team consist of: Alex (US), Hana (Sweden), Manon (Netherlands), Greg (US), Johan (Sweden) and Andrea (Norway) who was part of the Fjällräven 2013 team.

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Alex Hana
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Manon Greg
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Johan Andrea

This will be my first multi-day trek where I will carrying my Fjällräven Abisko 2 tent, Fjällräven Sarek Three Season sleeping bag and cooking equipment, so I have had to be very strict with my pack list but doing the usual weighing of each individual item and limiting the number of luxury items I would usually take with me, so no silk pyjamas, dressing gown and slippers this time. ;) I’m also not sure how I will cope without my fellow UK Polar team mate Phil Parkes, as I got used to him cooking all my meals during the Polar, even if we did have things like Chilli Con Carne and Pasta dishes for breakfast, rather than the porridge our fellow Polarists were eating. I also haven’t done as much training as I would have liked prior to the Classic, but I hope to squeeze in a couple of hikes over the next two weeks.

Since the Polar in April I have already managed to meet up with 2 of my fellow Fjällräven Polar 2014 winners, when Manon from the Netherlands came to visit me in the Lakes in May and most recently Jostein from Norway, when I went to visit him 2 weeks ago and hiked up Trolltunga, so looking forward to crossing another 5 off the Polar list of 20, as well as meeting up with our friends and organisers from Fjällräven. Just wish the rest of our Polar team mates could have joined us.

I do plan to write a daily blog of the Fjällräven Classic, though will be posted after the event. So watch out for future updates…

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    1. I hope to see you either on the trail or in the bar in Abisko =)

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    Welcome to my blog about hiking, trekking, Fjällräven Polar 2014, in fact anything where you require boots and the outdoors.

    My name is Phil, and following my outdoor epiphany which started in the summer of 2012 I’m now hooked on everything outdoors. So far my biggest treks have included the 250km Cathar Way, the 170km Tour du Mont Blanc and best of all, winning 1st place to take part in the Fjällräven Polar in April 2014.

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