Pre-registration for Nordenskiöldsrace 2017, the longest skiing race ever, is open now

Startpage_ENLooking for a new challenge? Want to participate in the first Ultra Ski Race ever? On April 2nd 2017 you have to chance! The place is Jokkmokk, Norrbotten County, North Sweden and the distance is 220 kilometers.
This first and toughest skiing competition in history – Cross Country skiing– was carried out on 4th of April 1884. The place was Jokkmokk, Norrbotten County, in the inner parts of North Sweden, exactly at the Arctic Circle.

The distance was, which today seems quite unbelievable, 220 kilometers and the winner time was 21 hours and 22 minutes. That day ski racing was born!
Now you have the chance to experience this longest, hardest and toughest skiing race ever again. Take the challenge and race on the same track as the first skiing race ever 1884.

Can you imagine to ski 220 kilometers within a little bit more than 21 hours, using 1884`s heavy, up to 3 meters long, wooden skis, on of course not-groomed tracks, without service stations where you get isotonic drinks and energy bars? The legend says that the only food the participants received during the race was some reindeer meat and schnapps at the half distance turning point in Kvikkjokk. (mainly in Swedish, English version soon to follow)

Updated gear list


Telt: Tarptent Rainshadow 2 – 1200 g
Backpack: Lightwave Ultrahike 60 M3 – 1215 g (Wolfgang); ÜLA Ohm 2.0 L – 892 g (Silva)
Sleeping bag: Cumulus Panyam 450 – 854 g
Sleeping mat: Therma-A-Rest NeoAir Xlite R 356 g (Silva); L 434 g (Wolfgang)
Pillow: AntiGravityGear Flex Air Ultralight Pillow – 27 g
Dry sacks: Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano Dry Sacks, 6 to 20 liters – from 24 g
Rain jacket: Marmot Essence – 165 g
Down jacket: Rab Xenon X Hoodie – 400 g
Midlayer: Odlo Sarajevo – 250 g
Tights (wind & rain): Odlo Logic Zeroweight
Tights & base layer: 2XU Thermal Compression Tights
Short tights: Newline Base sprinters
Stove: Optimus Crux Lite – 74 g
Pot: Evernew ECA-522R Titanium Pasta Pot 1000 – 116 g
Shoes: Nike Flex 2014 RN 14 – 270 g
Gloves: Montane Prism Mitt – 46 g
Water filter: Sawyer Mini SP128 – 97 g
Water treatment: Katadyn Micropur Forte – 100 g
Bottle: Platypus soft bottles 1 and 2 liters – 24 & 30 g
Headlamp: Petzl Tikkina – 85 g
Tape: Panzertape
Socks: North Bend
Cap: old cross country skiing cap from Tauernlauf
Trekking poles: Pro-Touch impact 77 – 200 g
Smart phone: Apple Iphone 5C – 132 g
Guide book: The A.T. Guide 2015 Northbound – 335 g


Future AT Thru-Hikers: Please Register Your Hike

The following guest post is courtesy of the the ATC, written by Jim Fetig. 

The facts are indisputable. The number of thru-hikers has been increasing for decades. Mass media events such as popular books, television programs or videos have historically driven the numbers higher.2000-milers-1964-2013

Now, for the first time ever, two feature-length films about long-distance hiking are premiering within a year of each other.  History teaches us that these movies, “Wild” and “A Walk in the Woods,” are likely to motivate even more people to hit the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). 

The problem is that the Trail has a problem accommodating everyone if they all show up at once. Worse than that, there’s a problem even if they don’t.

During hiking season, shelter sites near the starting point have limited capacity.  Once that capacity is exceeded, the crowding quickly damages the quality of the hikers’ experience, not to mention the destruction of vegetation, overload of the privies and the wear and tear on the trail itself.  This damage should be limited to the extent possible.

The big numbers aren’t expected until next year and beyond, but it’s not too early to start working on the challenges they are going to present.AT-Nobo-thru-hiker-Start-Date-graph-2010-2014-jan-june-1024x791

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has formed a task force to find the best courses of action. While several ideas are in the works, promoting nontraditional hikes and voluntary registration are the first ones out the door.

Voluntary registration needs the most explaining.  Its purpose is to let hikers know when to expect crowds so they can avoid them if desired. 

Everyone is free to start their hike when they want, but with voluntary registration they’ll know what to expect.  In that way, no one should be surprised if there’s no room in the shelter, all the tent spaces are filled, and you’re standing in line for the privy.

To register, hikers should go to Check out the calendar, and if facilities are over capacity during a certain date, you will see an “X,” meaning that overcrowded conditions will exist. This allows you to find an open date and register your hike.

The ATC is working on a separate adaptation that will show hikers the actual numbers of starters for any given date.  Until then, the limitations of the off-the-shelf software can only show when a date is maxed out.

This chart shows that certain dates have been historically more popular.  It’s best to avoid the 1st, 15th, 30th and holidays like St. Patrick’s Day.  (Obviously March madness is alive and well on the A.T. as well as in the basketball world.)

Registering your hike can not only reduce your stress from day one, it also can help you pay it forward. The data generated from the voluntary registration process will help the ATC determine what extra resources in the form of ridgerunners, caretakers and Trail maintainers may be needed.  We all want those who follow us to have an equal chance to have a hike as good as our own. 

Favourite stretching exercises

Sometimes, it is difficult to bring myself to do my stretching exercises – but after having done them, I do not longer feel as stiff as a poker, blod circulation has improved and I have easier to get to sleep. So, here I want to share some of my favourite exercises, which I hope I will do at least sometimes at the AT, too!

BeinStretchHamstring stretch with a belt: Hamstrings are a commonly tight area while their flexibility is important for the health of back, hips, and knees. Using a belt makes this stretch comfortable and easy.

HueftbeugerHip flexor stretching: The hip flexors are a group of muscles including both muscles of the hips and upper thighs. As I have a desktop job with a lot of sitting, I like this stretch.

SehnenstretchAchilles tendon and hip stretching:  The Achilles tendon is one of the longer tendons in the body, and one prone to injuries. This stretch can help to avoid hurt and pain!

RueckenstretchShoulder stretching: This stretch relieves tension and possibly fix shoulder pain – not at least after having hiked with a heavy backpack!