Wednesday, July 29, 2015

An unforgettable adventure with High Coast Hike

Reaching the goal on High Coast Hike together with new friends after 3 days of hiking in Skuleskogen National Park
High Coast Hike has without a doubt been the most challenging adventure on our project The Nordic Journey! Michelle and I didn't grow up in a home with scout blood running through our vains and we have never really been hiking nor camping. We are both somewhat of hygiene freaks and we need our daily showers and clean clothes every morning. So life as outdoor people were something of a challenge - but the best kind!

The 3-days and 40km long hiking event took place in the World Heritage site High Coast in Sweden with the trail leading us over majestic coastal mountains, into the deep forests and along the shimmering coastline. Each day approximately 13km had to be traversed before reaching the next campsite. At the beginning of the hike at Friluftsbyn, the organisers provided all the hikers with food (7 meals), cooking fuel and a map of the area. All other equipments were brought by oneself and therefore it is entirely up to you how much you want to carry around. We managed to squeeze the weight down to 12-13kg which suited us fine. However, we learned from this trip that it is possible to shed a few grams here and there. We will try that next time!

Jerry Engström is the founder of High Coast Hike. The event saw the day of light back in 2013 and has since then conquered a special place in many of the participants hearts. People happily return and we understand why! Jerry and co. know how to create a safe and warm atmosphere where you quickly feel like a part of the entire community. You are met with smiles, high-fives and hugs and the High Coast Hike-family is genuinely interested in you and your experience. The four days we spent on this folk festival has been incredible enriching for us on so many levels. We can safely say that this is not the last time we will be participating. We met so many nice and passionated outdoor people whos path we hope to cross one day again in the future - perhaps at another round of High Coast Hike? ;)

Intro | Day 1 | Day 2+3
Useful Information
// Learn more about High Coast Hike and the community of Friluftsbyn at their official websites
// Also check out the official website for Skuleskogen National Park)