Friday, February 20, 2015

Cesar's Shelter Flow Chart

I've been meaning to make a flow chart like this for a while now, but never got around to it until today.  With all the different shelters that I have owned and written about on here, I get a fair amount of questions related to shelters.  Why I have several, which one is best for what, how do you pick a shelter, etc.  So now I have this handy little flow chart to show people.  Feel free to use/share it if you think it is helpful, and as always feedback is always encouraged.

So that's about it, I'll keep it short and sweet and let the chart speak for itself:

 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cesar's Guide to the E1 Trails in Sweden: Bergslagsleden Part 4

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This is Part 4 of my 6 part series of trail guides for Bergslagsleden.  Please read my introduction and epilogue to this trail here if you haven't done so yet.  This entire trail is also a part of the E1 trail system, and you can read more about that in my E1 trail guides here.  Please keep in mind it is still a work in progress.

This report covers stages 7-5, or from Mogetorp to Uskavi/Lindesberg.  This will be a unique report in that there I hiked quite a lot of off-trail and/or alternative routes in these stages, perhaps the most dramatic example was skipping stage 6 entirely--more on this later.

The Mogetorp area is on the 50/68 highway and has daily bus connections to the city of Örebro in the south and the town of Nora in the north.  There is also a restaurant and hotel near the bus stop.  The Uskavi area is somewhat close (~12km) to the town of Lindesberg, and is also close (~2km) to the 50 highway to the east, which has daily bus connections (e.g. Fanthyttan bus stop nearby) going north to the town of Kopparberg or south to Lindesberg if you don't want to hike all the way there.  The trail also passes close to the quaint town of Nora, which is on the western shores of the big and aptly named lake Norasjön.  Both Nora and Lindesberg offer basic but good resources for hikers, such as cafés, pubs, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels/BBs, public transportation, etc.

Below are links to PDF informational maps in English and topographical maps  for these three stages:

Stage 7 info map, topo map 7

Stage 6 info map, topo map 6

Stage 5 info map, topo map 5

Hiking southbound on the E1 you continue on Bergslagsleden, and you can check out my previous guide from stages 11-8 here.  Hiking northbound you continue on Bergslagsleden, and you can check out my report on stages 4-3 here.

Now on with the show!

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After weeks of planning and keeping a close eye on the weather, things did not go as planned for this section hike--but my friend Tomas and I still had a great and very memorable trip.  Rather than one day of light snow and two days of clear skies and sun, with low temps going down to around -6C to -8C, instead we got lots and lots of snow, hardly any sun, and low temps only around -3C.  When I mean lots of snow, I mean roughly 50cm of snow total--and that's on top of snow and ice that was already there beforehand.  It made for an interesting if not difficult set of conditions for hiking through the woods.