Quite some time ago one of my best friends Emanuel started talking about going hiking, and how he’d like to do some fun hike somewhere at some point. I thought it was very intriguing as well but didn’t give much more thought to it.
Then for some reason a while back, 2 or 3 months or so, I started gaining an interest again. In my world hiking was something you went to the alps or the himalayas or japanese mountain-ranges to do. It’s not something you did “in your own backyard”.
Then I started researching and reading some books and looking up some gear and stuff like that, and I found it extremely interesting. I’m a gear-geek, any gear-heavy technical hobby is something I’m interested in. So the moment I found out theres a whole range of extremely expensive stuff to buy for hiking, I was hooked.
One aspect that I initially was drawn to as well was the more extreme side of hiking, doing it in tough conditions like extreme cold or mountains and cliffs to make it physically hard. Though I’ve mellowed a bit and realized it’s actually a lot of fun to do a simple one-day hike as well! Though I’m still aiming for doing the multiple-day tent-only, bring all your food-hike. I’m just saving up some money for gear like backpack, tent and sleeping bag, which are quite expensive things if you want good quality.
But I have acquired some gear so far. I immediately realized the most important thing was good hiking shoes. I went with some really sturdy boots because my goal is as I said, do to like a week with a weeks worth of food on my back, which is going to be very heavy.
The second thing I wanted was a way to cook food while out. Even doing a one-day trip you need food on the way, hiking 6 hours without food is just going to be uncomfortable if you’re hungry half the way. Warm food especially increases energy and motivates you a lot more than cold food (at least in cold environments). So I invested in a cool little gas-stove (after much research into different fuels for stoves) and some pots and such. Which wasn’t that expensive actually.
After going on a few trips I realized two things, my backpack wasn’t optimal for hiking since it didn’t have support straps to go over chest and hips. It made the backpack slide off a little all the time and made it slightly annoying to walk. So I bought a cheap one-day trip backpack that I can use for one or possibly two-day trips. When I decide on a long trip I’m gonna buy a 70L backpack that I’ve already picked out. Below is the backpack compared to my laptop back and squash-racket bag.
And now I’m all set for all kinds of one- and two-day trips! Emma and I have already been out on 4 trips and I’m looking forward to more. The best one so far has been a place called Kullaberg in northern Skåne. I’m going to finish off this post by showing a few pictures from there. I’m logging all my one-day trips over at EveryTrail so click that link if you want to see more pictures and stuff like that!