In a few months, I will go on my first hike of the year – Skåneleden – Coast to Coast trail which is about 370 km (230 mi).
Am I excited? oh yes! I’ve been waiting all winter to get back on the trail. This trail will probably not compare – scratch that – it WILL NOT compare to The Pacific Crest Trail, but at least I get to get away for 8 days, or at least that is my plan 🙂
This trail is located in Sweden, and goes from, well coast to coast 😉 but more specifically from Sölvesborg on the east coast of Skåne(southern part of Sweden) to Ängelholm on the western side of Skåne. As I plan to complete the trail in 8 days I only have to do 25 mile days, which also gives me time to get home on day 8. And if I happen to enjoy myself out there, I even have time to take an extra day, as I have 10 days off 🙂
So all in all its gonna be an easy hike, but I am really looking forward to getting back on the trail, even though there will probably be a lot of forest hiking 😉
After doing a little research to figure out how often I would need to resupply I discovered that about 70 km (43,5 mi) of the trail is detours/different routes that are all included and counted towards the 370 km (330 mi) so in reality I am closer to a 300 km (187 mi) hike.
Doing the rest of the miles makes no sense as I would have to backtrack to get back on the trail again – it is pretty weird to make the trail this way, but that’s how it is 🙂
But back to the resupply. It looks like I can resupply just about halfway through the trail, which is pretty nice, as I have to carry less food.
New Gear – yea!
For this hike, I have changed some of my gear compared to the gear I used on the Pacific Crest Trail. I feel that I know my limits better, and thought that this would be a perfect time test some new equipment 🙂
The next heavy item in my backpack was my tent, The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 is an incredible tent! I love it, easy to set up, easy to pack down, and it’s still pretty lightweight for a 2 person tent. Oh, and did I mention its a freestanding tent, so no matter where you wanna camp, you just do (still need a flat surface though). But it’s still about 1,4KG (50oz) with stakes and groundsheet, so I wanted to try something else and it seems that Zpacks is the place to go.
So I bought a Zpacks Duplex tent 🙂 this tent weighs just 19oz (if you’re reading this Cream, I will be thinking of you every fracking time I have to deal with condensation hehe)
*UPDATE* my attention got directed to this very detailed blogpost from Sport Fitness Advisor (yes yes I know, doesn’t sound like they would write about tents, but they did, and its pretty good 🙂 ) so this might be a good place to start if you are in the marked for a new tent 🙂
That brings my base weight to just under 5 Kg (11lbs) which I’m pretty happy about, it’s about 3 Kg (106oz) less than my PCT base weight.
It will be exciting to see how I feel about a frameless backpack and a single wall tent(with a bigger risk of condensation and thereby a wet sleeping bag)
Next “problem” is how to fit my stuff in my new backpack 🙂
I will let you know 🙂
You can see my full list here
The rest of the gear is basically the same as my PCT 2018 gear list.