Some time off? Go ride some trails!
What’s it like being a guide? What do guides do? How do you become one and is it all as good as your Instagram is trying to make us believe? How do you really feel and what’s the truth behind all this? It’s not all good, but keep reading. We love our job!
End of May 2017, we did at ski traverse of the second largest ice cap of Iceland. (http://dietervanholder.be/ski-traverse-of-the-langjokull-ice-cap/)
70 km of trackless wilderness, Iceland’s second largest ice cap and 3 days to cross it. Why the hell not!
“Handheld Satellite Communicator and GPS Navigation with 100% global Iridium satellite coverage!” That’s how Garmin advertises their inReach Explorer+. When you first start to do longer excursions in the backcountry, good map skills and carrying a charged phone is on top of everyone’s list. But when you start going into very remote terrain or when you are guiding people hours away from the nearest road or phone signal, you want to minimize any possible obstacle to knowing exactly where you are – and you want to maximize your ability to communicate quickly, clearly and with precision. Read the full test report!
Trail running up a mountain surrounded by glaciers under the midnight sun wasn’t exactly an item on my bucket list, but it somehow happened!
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This experience is the perfect example to illustrate how the best way to make friends to share experiences, is by going out and just doing what you love to do. Having just arrived in Iceland, I was asking around in some Facebook groups to see if anyone wanted to go trail running with me. Just when I was about to give up hope, Viggó, a local, messaged me that he was going to take a Canadian friend for a trail run to a secret hot pool and that I was welcome to join.
I’m currently working out of Skógar in South Iceland, home of the world famous Skógafoss waterfall and trailhead of the magnificent Fimmvorðuhals trail. After you’ve gotten over the novelty of this wall of water thundering down, the next thing you notice is this imposing hill dominating the handful of houses. I’ve been itching to get up there to see if I could find a nice route to train my anti-gravity endurance and today was just the perfect day to do it.
So what is this trail running?! Isn’t that freakishly skinny people with lives that aren’t even remotely bearable that don’t run anything shorter than a full marathon? Horrible! They even run uphill! There’s no way this is ever going to be anything I’ll enjoy, let alone do… wrong!
Trail running is a sport where you “run” at a speed of your own choice through a natural environment. Instead of paved roads, running club tracks, or – I can barely stand the thought – treadmills, you go out into the world, looking for tracks that are as diverse and stimulating as possible. Forest trails, fields, hills, sand dunes… and let’s add a little altitude difference to the mix! Read the full story!