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Let’s Trek It! Ice Ice Baby…

By Phil on 2015.07.19 In Iceland

Not long to go until me and my trekking group head off on our Icelandic adventure to do the famous Landmannalaugar trek. Ever since I visited Reykjavik for a long weekend in the winter of 2008, I had always wanted to return in the summer. Since my outdoor epiphany in 2012 and after watching Julia Bradbury’s BBC documentary of the trek, doing this trek has always been high on my list and now it’s happening and I have managed to drag a group of friends along with me.

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Here is a short video on what we can expect during our trek. Just hope we get the same weather!

A few of us had planned on doing Iceland last summer, but we changed our plans to Morocco and the Toubkal Two Valley trek instead. So this year we had to do it! While looking at our options for my group, I was lucky to meet young Charlie Smith.

Charlie was this years UK winner of Fjällräven Polar, which I had won the previous year. We got chatting about my plans and he told me he was heading back there this summer and why not join his crew. Charlie and his 3 mates Archie, Angus and Stefan had trekked North to South of Iceland unsupported last summer and they were heading back this August to do a reccy for their upcoming winter attempt in December. They already had very good in-country contacts and knew the area well, which meant we could benefit from all of this expert knowledge and save arranging everything ourselves. Needless to say it didn’t take me long to convince my crew to join Charlie’s team in Iceland.

You can read more about Charlie’s and his crew’s upcoming winter crossing at their website here at http://www.thecoldestcrossing.com/

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Since confirming our trip to Iceland, our group have been doing the usual planning of assembling kit lists as well as doing some practice hikes and wild camps in the Lakes. This has been good experience and a great way to test out equipment beforehand.

Our recent wild camp trip to the Lakes certainly put our tents through some battering, due to heavy rain and very windy conditions and I’m pleased to say they passed the test. It was also an opportunity to try the freeze dried food we will be using for our trek, though Joe’s sampling of the meals were not as successful as some. All day during the hike he was imagining his Shepherds Pie he had brought to try and how delicious it was going to be, describing the contents in such detail. However Joe’s dreams were soon shattered when we came to eat it as it resembled something that just looked like a pile of brown powdery mush. He had obviously not read the instructions correctly and added enough water and stir it. Needless to say the Shepherds Pie hasn’t made it on to Joe’s meal list for the trek.

Overall we had a great weekend and plan on a few more before we head to Iceland. Here is a little video montage of photos from our recent Lakes wild camp weekend.

After checking in with Charlie recently to get update on plans, he informed me that there are now around 40 people going on our Iceland trek, including TV crew and reporters to document their reccy trip for their preparations for their Coldest Crossing adventure this winter. He also told me that as I’m leading my group, that I would be given a walkie-talkie, which is great as you do know I love my gadgets!

Here are a few more videos of what we hope to experience during our trek:

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Welcome

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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