Low pitched rumblings

Autumn has turned to winter without so much as a damp fizz. The view out of my window in December looks suspiciously like the view out of my window in November. Rain, rain and more rain. The long term forecast is looking up though. For a couple of weeks, there's been talk of a trip. A winter trip no less. Now a date has even been set. The beginning of February should bring me a fix of the outdoors. Only a short one, a long weekend, but most definately a sweet one: it will probably involve the white stuff! The last time that happened to me was winter 2005. Did I realy just write that? That's almost ancient history.

Deal done, date agreed, one small thing's been overlooked: we don't have the faintest idea what we're going do or where we're going to do it. Time's short, better get planning.....


  1. Dave, you're planning to go to Finland? I'm on a UL winter backpacking Tour from 30.01. till 07.02. but after that I would be willing to organize a short trip for you and friends here in Finland ;)

  2. Norway or Finland? both great options. I would love to see some white stuff too, but other factors may restrict my options.

  3. Hendrik, Norway is more likley than Finland (the photo was taken on my last frolic in teh snow in Levi. No bbivouacs but fine day trips nevertheless. A very very kind offer! As luck would have it our planned weekend unfortunately falls on the same days as your trip.

    Hendrik/Roger, Plans aren't set yet. We may head North or South.Scanadinavia or the alps. We're weighing up the options.We'll only have 4 days total, including travel, so we need to find a location thats easily accessible, preferably flight and short hop from an airport. We'll have to live with the weather hand we're dealt so we need something with bad weather bail out (huts/shelters). Preference is for something not too demanding, fairly low level, well marked routes. Skis or snow shoes are both options. Suggestions welcome!

  4. Dave - I think most of Scandinavia has got you pretty well covered for low level, well marked trails with hut/shelter options! Good luck trying to choose which beautiful part of our world to visit! Only having one winter's exprience on skis (but falling in love with it as a means of wilderness travel instantly) I'm not in a position to offer advice on where to go in Norway but I'm looking forward to hearing about where you plan to go, wherever it is.

  5. Joe, As you say there's no shortage of options in the North. I'm trying to wade through the alternatives at theh moment. Ultimately, I think accessibilty with public transprt will be the deciding factor.

  6. Dave, I live in Tampere and pretty much right in front of the city starts a ski route and trails, its the Pirkan Taival/ Pirkan Ura trail system. Tampere has a Blue1/ SAS/ Ryanair airport and you can be within an hour from the Airport out on the trail. There's plenty of free lean-to shelters on the way, and a few huts which you can rent. If this sounds interesting for you and your mates, and you'd like more information, send me an email.



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