About a month ago, my friend Trine Lise asked me if I wanted to spend the weekend hunting for trails together with her, Jonas Thoressen, and Bergbjørn Fjellservice. I quite often spend my weekends hunting for trails, but what TL and the rest of the crew had in mind was a different kind of hunt. … Continue reading Riders of the sea
In Troms, there is a peninsula called Malangen. Malangen is so close, and yet so far away. You can see many of the majestic mountains from Tromsø, but if you drive over land, it takes hours and hours to get there. Under water, it takes less than an hour, but you then have to pay … Continue reading Bakaromtinden
But that doesn’t mean that our eyes will soon be turning red. It just means that our shoes have started smelling like swamps, and that our fingers have gained a striking resemblance with well dried raisins. The heavy clouds that has claimed Tromsø as their home have somehow teleported Dionne Warwick (or Burt Bacharach) and … Continue reading Raindrops keep falling on our helmets
Things don’t always fall out according to plan. Last summer, our grand plan was to tour northern Norway in Ralf, the yellow Caravelle, in search of hidden trail gems. We had to cancel that plan because of Martin’s mysterious illness. I wasn’t all too disappointed with staying put in Troms. We found more gems in … Continue reading Arctic summer
I keep seeing pictures of summer.. Summer the way that I have grown up to define it. In the Arctic, summer is defined otherwise. Summer in the Arctic is endless sunny nights, and seemingly endless rain, wind, snow, and hail. I think that I can count the number of days that the thermometer has risen … Continue reading Come rain (or snow), come shine
After 30 days of more or less continuous (horizontal) rain (occasionally interrupted by snow and ice storms but always followed by more rain), the sun managed to fight its way through the clouds in Tromsø yesterday. Halleluja! We squinted our eyes and saluted the yellow giant. Color to the world! This called for a celebration! … Continue reading November sun
So winter is here, but I’m having a hard time letting go of the MTB season: I have just started learning exactly what it is that I need to learn, and there are so many mountains yet to climb and ride down. No, I can’t let go, not yet. There are still patches of trail … Continue reading The MTB season is dead, long live the MTB season!