Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Outdoor Enthusiast Magazine Article on our Arctic Kings Trail

We're absolutely thrilled to bits that our Arctic Snowshoe Trek of the Kings Trail in Sweden is featured in the latest issue of Outdoor Enthusiast magazine. A huge hats off to Jacob Little, outdoor photographer and writer, for his honest and creative words which take you on this incredible journey of the Arctic Tundra and also gives you a glimpse into the Sami Culture. Visit the 'Contents' page where you can click through to the article on page 38 'Snowshoeing the King's Trail'. We're extremely proud of this unique expedition we created and the opportunity it gives people to experience so much in such an irreplaceable natural environment. So grab a cuppa and hope you enjoy this awe-inspiring write up. http://www.oe-mag.co.uk/imag/oewinter18/

Friday, 6 April 2018

Top Tips for Trekking the Arctic Circle

Having just returned from our Kings Trail Arctic Circle Snowshoe Trek we asked our intrepid adventurers what their top tips were for trekking in the circle, so we can offer ewe the best tips for your arctic adventure.

Top tips...

  • Buy the best pair of gloves you afford. Hestra Gloves come highly recommended (Maxine)
  • Research and test your footwear before the trek and ensure you have well insulated and waterproof boots. Salomon Tundra or The North Face Chilcat boots are a great option (Jane)
  • Good quality socks (merino wool) (Jane)
  • Take a hip flask. Great for taking a wee nip while watching the Northern Lights (Will)
  • Bring a small bottle of squeeze jam or golden syrup for your early morning porridge (Andy)
  • Tape you feet before you start trekking, to help prevent any blisters. Rock Tape comes highly recommended (Maxine)
  • Bring lots of warm clothes, during the ski bike transfer  you'll need every item of clothing you have. Its cold!!! (Lucy)
  • Take LOADS of photos during your whole adventure and learn how to take pics of the Northern Lights (Sue)
  • Bring a light sleeping bags 2-3 season (Ali)
  • Pack ear-plugs (Trish)
  • Bring glasses and contact lenses. Wearing glasses with ski goggles can be uncomfortable (Trish)
  • Don't forget to bring a pack of cards (Jim)
  • Have a Swedish sauna and run out in the snow (Will)
  • Pack some comfy sliders or crocs for the mountain huts (Sue)
  • Get used to wilderness wees. It's quite liberating (Katrina)
  • Bring a battery charger such as a Pebble, as you can't recharge your camera in the huts (Andy)
  • Take time to look around you as you're walking the landscape is just amazing (Katrina)
  • Enjoy the remoteness and disconnect from your mobile phone and social media for a few days. Take time to say g'day to everyone in the group (Sue).
  • Pack a sense of adventure and humour! You're in for a trek of a lifetime! (Jim)

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

King's Trail - Snowshoe Adventures in Europe's Frozen North

The Northern reaches of this globe are well known to be cold and icy.

And it is here where the adventure and hardy members foray along the King’s Trail.  
Ah, but what on earth is the ‘King’s Trail’? Well, if we are to take its native name we would be calling
it the ‘Kungsleden’,and it’s a world-famous route which take you through some of Sweden’s most
amazing scenes.
The is in the borders of the Sami folk’s ancestral domain. The expanses of birch forest, glaciers,
rivers and the highest peaks in all of Sweden.
Those seeking a snowshoe winter trek in Europe need look no further.

Sweden’s Beautiful Wilderness
The adventure has its beginnings in Abisko, one of Sweden’s oldest national reserves.
It’s famous for having one of the greatest vistas to witness the ‘Aurora Borealis’ (Northern Lights)
out of anywhere in the world.
This adventure averages a distance of 14 km a day, venturing through the winter wilderness
bequeathed with an ever changing landscape. Each and every night shall be spent in a new location
in remote mountain huts. If you are a fan of saunas in the temperate weather of the United Kingdom,
then you haven't experienced anything until you enjoy a hot sauna after a day in the snowy mountains

A real Adventure.
If this sounds like the kind of adventure you would be interested in, Adventurous Ewe has the perfect package.
The real appeal of this adventure is that you will be entirely self-sufficient,
carrying 12kg-14kg of equipment yourself for the entirety of the trip.
As a result, you will need to be in a good level of fitness in order to be able to take part in
the challenge.

Those who go on a trip with a real desire to taste the local cuisine will be most pleased
that throughout the journey you will be eating traditional Sami food, that is reindeer meat.
You will also need to employ specialist equipment in order to traverse this snowy plain, as you will be in many cases stepping atop freshly fallen snow. For the purpose of this
you will have to make use of a snowshoe. But if you have never even seen, let alone put on a
snowshoe before, never fear! As you will be instructed on how to properly walk wearing them.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Trekking the Arctic Cirlce

The Arctic Explorer Trek was such a success last year were doing it again in march and April 2018. The trek is a unique opportunity to trek in winter along the famous Kungsleden Trail, also known as the Kings Trail in Swedish Lapland.

This is a totally new trek which to our knowledge no one else is doing, for at least the time being, the trail is limited to the number of trekkers at this time of year and we have block booked the cabins which means there will be no other groups on the trail other than intrepid Scandinavians.

We snow shoe the trail covering an average of 14km a day, which is good weather takes us about 5-6hrs trekking per day. This trip is not all about the walking, there's so much more as the team will be expected to help prepare the meals, collect and chop wood for the fire and collect water from the nearest well, which is an adventure in it self.

During our treks on the trail each night we were rewarding with breath taking lights shows with the Northern Lights due to the remoteness of the trail there in no light pollution, the only difficulty is with standing the nights freezing temperatures dropping down to -20, so good warm kit is a must.

I can't even begin to tell you how it feels and see the Northern Lights in full swing, all I can say is we were jumping for joy, like a child on bonfire night, nothing can prepare you for this spectacular phenomenon, make sure you bring a good camera.
The Abisko National Park were we begin our trek has been awarded one of the best places on the planet  to see the Northern Lights.

All our groups are limited to 10 lucky trekkers and we only have two dates available for 2018. If not already on your long bucket list of things to do, then I'd highly recommend you add the Northern Lights to ever increasing list.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

The Three Peaks Challenge – Top Tips

Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon. In 24 hours. Sound easy to you?

The Three Peaks Challenge is definitely far from easy – but the venture is a perfect one for anyone wishing to test their fitness and endurance, or to feel the great sense of achievement that comes with the completion, or even to build stronger bonds of trust and friendship within groups. 

To ensure that you stay safe and well in order to complete each peak - here are some handy Three Peaks tips that you may find useful.

Plan ahead - Get the right postcodes for your starting point to avoid extra stress. Getting lost before you start would be a nightmare! By choosing timings and routes you can plan which mountain to climb in the evening/night – which is sometimes inevitable – to do so safely and in a prepared manner. Importantly - use the most up-to-date maps and ensure everyone is able to read maps and navigate, in case the group is separated. 
Chauffeur, anyone? Driving in-between walks is a huge no. You won’t be your most alert after a long day climbing – and you will need this time to rest up for the next mountain. Ensure you plan driving routes and parking to avoid stress. Take travel sickness tablets for the drive – just in case you feel car sick. Feeling sick will make it difficult to eat; something you must do to keep your energy up.

Be prepared for any weather – A common tip is to start off cold as you will get warmer. However this doesn’t mean to say you won’t get cold again throughout the journey! Carry extra layers as it can get cold at the summit – as there is always a chance the weather will make a dramatic change. 

Bring plenty of fuel - lots of high calorie snacks such as cereal bars and dried fruit/nuts are perfect for the cause. Eat little and often even if you don’t feel hungry – you will need the energy. It’s a great idea to bring sandwiches and pasta as they are high in carbohydrates, and slowly release energy.

Stay hydrated – This is incrementally important! You’ll need lots of water; at least 2 litres of water per mountain is recommended. Hydration packs are perfect as you won’t have to carry your water bottle by hand. Ensure your back pack is fitted with a water pack function.

Don’t overdo it – don’t ‘push on’ if the situation is unsafe. Admitting defeat can be really tough, but you need to be sensible. If you are hurt, the likelihood is it’s going to get harder the more you troop on. Remember that mountains are unpredictable and situations can change fast – especially where weather is concerned.

Let the slowest in the group set the pace – this ensures everyone will keep up and stay as a group. For faster walkers, this could be seen as a tactic to preserve energy!

Buy decent walking boots – Boots are arguably the most important part of your kit. You need proper support on rocky terrain. Breathable and waterproof materials are ideal, so look out for those functions when purchasing. Break your boots in some months before you embark on the challenge to ensure they will not rub or cause pain. Blisters are one of the largest reasons why challengers fail The Three Peaks – don’t let that be you!

Practice is key – ensure you reach a good level of fitness before attempting the challenge. Familiarise yourself with the types of terrain you will face by going on long walks or by attempting one of the mountains beforehand to build stamina.

 Photo credit: Henry & Jane

Friday, 1 July 2016

The Wonders of the Patagonia Glacier and Ice Cap Trek

The Southern Continental Ice Field in Patagonia is one of largest non-polar ice caps on earth, and the third glacier mass in size after Antarctica and Greenland. This magnificent and dramatic area of the world has an abundance of exciting treks teamed with breathtaking views and landscape. These are just a few of the wondrous places that you will pass through on your Patagonia Trek, each just as more remarkable than the other!

Any glacier trip will start at the picturesque El Calafate – an important tourist destination named after a particularly common berry bush that can be found around Patagonia – that acts as a key hub for many adventurers who wish to visit any part of the Los Glaciares National Park. It’s a small town which therefore makes it easy to get around – however booking buses to and from the town is recommended. The town is ultimately a fun place to be with a large variety of services including its main strip posing many endearing souvenir shops, chocolate shops, restaurants and tour offices. El Calafate offers so much to see and do, including day trips to the exceptional Perito Moreno Glacier or to the romantic Onelli Bay, and boat excursions which are a great idea on a brilliant summers’ day. Ensure you spend some time here before embarking on your journey!

While journeying through Los Huemules reserve and beech forests at Laguna de Los Tres, keep your eyes open and camera at the ready for some breathtaking views. This is a trek that will lead you through mystical forests and stunning scenery; brilliant blue lagoons and impressively beautiful glaciers are plentiful. On your way, you’ll pass through many famous base camps that have in the past been used by the most renowned of climbers.

For more panoramic views, follow on to Laguna Torre, which is enveloped by stunning views of Fitz Roy Range, glacially formed valleys with splashes of dense forests. You will reach Paso Del Viento  - meaning ‘windy pass’ – an entirely unmissable stop that boasts immense views across the Southern Continental ice field; The Viedma glacier, the Upsala glacier and the impressive Mariano Moreno range acting as the perfect backdrop.

Another unmissable finishing stop is El Chalten. This small mountain village set into the Rio de las Vueltas riverside has previously been names Argentina’s Trekking capital, as well ranking second of “Best cities in the world to know” in 2014. Be sure not to stay long enough to explore a range of activities offered by the village; short walks, day trips, visits to renowned chocolate or ice cream shops, and sample brews that are available in the many Brewhouse’s. A perfect way to end your Patagonian adventure!