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It’s The Polar Countdown (duhduh duh duh, duhduhduh duh duh)

By Phil on 2014.03.16 In Fjällräven Polar

Well the Fjällräven Polar 2014 is only now only 3 weeks away! You can certainly feel the “virtual” excitement amongst all 20 of us from all around the world. It’s been great getting to know my fellow 19 Polar participants over the last few months and can’t wait to meet them all in person when we all arrive in Stockholm on the 7th of April.

A few participants have been lucky enough to have had chance meetings already. Like Tuija (Finland) and Melanie (Germany) meeting in Thailand last month while on holiday, Tuomo (Finland) and Katrina (Estonia) met over a few pints while Tuomo was visiting parents in Finnish Lapland over Christmas and Alex (US) and Greg (US) meeting in the Fjallraven store in New York last December. Unfortunately my fellow UK participant Phil and myself haven’t had the chance to meet up. Mainly due to him being busy serving his country flying Apache helicopters in Afghanistan and missing each other in Scotland highlands by a day the other week. Guess we will have to wait until Stockholm in 3 weeks.

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It’s been great sharing some of our past adventures with each other and some of us have already talked about doing future ones together. In fact some of us have already put this in motion by signing up to do this year’s Fjällräven Classic in August after our Fjällräven contact Andreas asking if we would enter a Polar team. The trek takes you from the Swedish village of Nikkaluokta in the south to Abisko in the north and travels 110 km along the classic hiking trail Kungsleden (“The King’s Trail”). So just when I thought there couldn’t possibly be another be anymore outdoor equipment I need to buy, I now need to buy a tent and I guess a sleeping bag. Oh well, if needs must.

Another thing to come out of the whole Fjällräven Polar experience was meeting Nils who works for Fjällräven and also runs Outdrr.com blogging site. Outdrr.com is the blog network for outdoor fans all around the world. Their goal is to gather the best outdoor blogs and make them more accessible and to promote and work for a more responsible behaviour towards the environment. Since joining Outdrr.com I have already met many fellow bloggers from around the world and again shared past experiences as well as discussing future ones together. I hope to help Nils in promoting the site in the UK in any way I can and help in arranging meet ups with fellow bloggers here in the UK.

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One of best bits of news this week was finally breaking the £1000 barrier in donations for Cancer Research UK, for who I’m raising money for while doing the Fjällräven Polar. This coincided with Cancer Research UK getting in touch last week asking for update on my progress. I hope to at least double this over the coming weeks. Sun FM radio have also been in touch asking about doing another follow up interview this week and to try and help get more donations. So looking forward to that also.

Well this weekend has been a fairly quiet one. No hiking this weekend, but looking forward to the Lakes next weekend with Ian and his mates to do a mountain or two!

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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.

I plan to use this blog to write about all my adventures, which will include my personal goal of becoming a Munroist (completing all 282 Scottish Munro mountains), summer treks, weekends in the Lakes and many more.

I like to try and make my blog posts humorous so I hope you enjoy reading and that I can put a smile on people’s faces while showing you some amazing places.

If you have any questions about the blog or the places I'm writing about, don't hesitate to contact me on: phil@philyourboots.com

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