Sarek in winter be like:

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  1. JohnMacQueen

    JohnMacQueen Trail Blazer



    This guy is an absolute legend. Recommend following. Wind has been pretty wild here lately and this guy thought to himself to go into the Sarek hahaha. Respect.
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  2. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Snow skirts, that's all I'm gonna say :)...





    And can anyone translate as I'd be interested to hear what he's saying...
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  3. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    Just skimmed though I'll watch properly on the pc later, can vouch for the wind, Sourav Dam is the same point we attempted the start of our failed Sarek adventure back in 2017, I'll get back there hopefully.
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  4. JohnMacQueen

    JohnMacQueen Trail Blazer

    I never found snowskirts much use in deep snow. Would always dig down and bury the tent edges anyway. Probably why you don't see snow skirts on any Hillebergs.

    In regards to translating. My Swedish by now is ok but I couldn't understand everything. He's mostly going on about the conditions and swearing a lot while laughing to himself hysterically haha
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  5. Roo

    Roo Summit Camper

    @Diddi He says...quite a lot. This is not all of it, but enough to have a fair idea of what he's thinking:
    • Opening text: A 14-day trip into Sarek Feb/March 2021. Trip began at Sourvadammen. The idea was a lovely long (in distance) trip, but all did not go as planned...
    • 01:40 Good morning, the weather's wonderful, nothing to complain about.
    • 01:48 Now it is *really* amazing weather.
    • 03:20 Temp went from -15 to +1.7°C and it started to rain.
    • Talks quite a bit about how he orders his gear (he's using a bivy sack), and how nice it is to be able to stand in the tent. 3L of water piled up in the snowballs behind the stove.
    • 04:22 Decides to build a bivouac because he's heard there's a storm coming...and because he doesn't think there is anything cosier than sleeping in a bivouac. He tests around quite a lot to find where it's deepest.
    • 04:42 Testing snow depth. Deepest he found was 1.8m.
    • Bivy-building.
    • 08:29 Moves into bivouac after 2 days camping in rain in the tent. Worried it might be a bit too warm!
    • 09:41 On screen: I had decided to move on. Spoken: "So, time to go, going to go out and check the weather. I've heard that it's wet, snow at lunch... it's still blowing, snow and stuff, but...regardless of how it is now, it's going to take a LOT for me to not travel onwards now..."
    • 09:59 On screen: It was completely impossible to travel onwards. Spoken: "**** it's windy! Unbelievable! SO cool! F****K!!!" On screen: I was dancing with happiness because I'd only had rain.
    • 11:08 Bivouac maintenance since he was there a further 2 days.
    • 11:45 Lots of drying things with bottle of warm water inside...and drying his base layers "on the body"...then plans to get into his sleeping bag (which will be "far too warm"), get really hot and then put on his rain shell and dry that with his body as well. Which he then shows.
    • 12:46 After 4 days in the same place it was finally time to move on. But the sledge had frozen fast in the doorway so he had to go out through the window (only 30cm thick).
    • 14:30 Looks like good snow for travelling, let's try with the sledge....yep, will have to get that sledge later...!
    • 15:32 Only made it 2km before the storm hit again. Just as powerful with masses of snow, water and ice.
    • 16:40 Now the danger is over, one could say. [Tent up] So now just to keep going, sort the sledge and stuff, maybe build a snow wall if necessary, I'll have to see...
    • 17:00 Was stuck there for five days. Extremely trying psychologically. Was important to have things to do, was outside the tent a lot tightening guylines and digging the snow wall, amongst other things. Inside the tent I dried clothes, drank coffee, listened to mp3s and watched series. And read a book about mountaineering. :) Anything to pass the time.
    • 17:45 The zip is opening by itself the whole time. And the forecast says it's going to get worse.
    • 18:29 The forecast was right.
    • Polite summary of talking at this point: Golly, it's windy!
    • 19:58 Now stuck there 6 days. "It is what it is. Still in quite good spirits, but I have my dips. But try to think positive and go out and dig snow walls, check guy lines, have something to do. I've put some cord on the zips... "
    • 20:38 Storm day and night. Including the time spent at the first camping spot, stuck for 9 days at this point.
    • 20:49 On screen: The sun really raised your spirits! :)) Spoken: "THE SUUUN!!!!!"
    • 21:14 Sun wasn't out so long but it was a good day. Now stuck at this camping spot 7 days. Today was really warm: 6-7°C and I managed to dry nearly all my down gear. They're almost dry. The tent is hitting me in the head as usual.
    • 22:01 8 days stuck at same place (on top of the 4 days at the previous spot). Mental tip triggered by the tent hitting him in the head and making him spill his coffee. [This is soooo Swedish. They can deal with anything as long as nothing messes with their coffee!]
    • 22:25 More or less snowing inside the tent. Music on max volume to try to sleep amidst all the storm noise. Doesn't know what to do to pass the time. Really hopes he can move on tomorrow, move, just do *something*. Sometimes you just have really deep dips and you have to try to find the glint of light. It's tomorrow that'll have to be that. Not fun anymore.
    • 23:45 It calmed down enough for him to ski to the mountain hut at Saltoluokta. During the storm, two guy lines broke, one more close to breaking, one tent pole broke and one bent and the tent fabric tore. And as he was taking the tent down another big storm came through: "I don't get it, it's so unfair."
    • Hard work taking the tent down. Reckoned it would take 2 hours. Started by moving all the pegs up to ground level, but everything was pure ice.
    • 25:59 "At last I can leave this place. But it's INSANE how stuck the tent is! I've had to dig down more than half a metre. Dig and cut through pure ice, and all the snow skirts are frozen fast. So the tent is definitely safe, there are no worries there! Had to dig and cut the skis out too... But it's wonderful, it's wonderful I CAN LEAVE!"
    • 26:38 Time to leave: "It's a whiteout, blowing a bit, snowing, but I don't care."
    • 26:54 Hm, it's making me a bit uncomfortable - it's a major whiteout, ski pole has broken of course (wrist strap), and I just fell down a sudden steep part (1m). Yep, uneasy, but if I can move 500m today I'm satisfied, and I think I'll be in a better position then."
    • 27:20 Weather improved! Lots of talk about how wonderful and beautiful it is. :)
    • 28:22 Slugga is the mountain you see. He was pretty happy about being able to see a mountain.
    • 29:17 "Now I've made it down to the forest. Really strange. Hard to get used to it! I think tonight I'm going to sleep like a god!" ... "It's never felt this empty afterwards before. Now I'm really wondering about the next trip. It can't be like this then. And I don't think I'll go out at a different time. I'm not going out in April... then there could be snow and I don't want another night of snow now! Rain, snow, storm....man it was such a learning experience! Very good experience to know how I react when things like that happen. A storm for me before was like, 2 days of non-stop wind, and then it's nice again. But here it's never been nice. No recovery!"
    • 30:49 Now it's just the fun bit left! A nice downhill to the mountain hut!
    • End text: One thing is for sure. This trip is always going to be close to my heart. I will never forget the experiences it gave me. It's incredible how deeply you can get to know yourself when you are alone and stuck for nine days. The greatest experience is of course knowing how I behave in an emergency situation. Sometimes it feels like however trips end up, they're always successful one way or another. I completely adore the winter fjäll and its challenges. I will probably never be able to stop doing this. I have a huge longing to get back out in mother nature and its challenges.
    Thanks for sharing this. What an experience it must have been! And what a wonderfully positive bloke! He literally only complained once during the entire video.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2021
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  6. JohnMacQueen

    JohnMacQueen Trail Blazer

    Thanks for taking the effort to translate! Good job. I've been living in Sweden for almost a year now but still learning! He definitely one positive bloke to get through such terrible conditions haha. I particularly liked his celebratory riding of the pulk at the end hahaha.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2021
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  7. OwenM

    OwenM Section Hiker

    Just watched it all, I think I would have bailed out a lot sooner.
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  8. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker


    Thank you very much for taking the time and effort to translate for me, very much appreciated :inlove:
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  9. Roo

    Roo Summit Camper

    I've got 7 years on you. It'll come. :)

    You're welcome! Happy to be able to contribute with something useful.
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  10. Vandrafjäll

    Vandrafjäll Day Walker

    Thanks you
    "RooSummit Camper" for help with the translation :))
    I am brand new here on the forum but found here through my youtube channel
    It was me who was in Sarek. Incredibly warming and fun that the film was appreciated.
    I'm no good in English.
    But have now with the help of your translation and a little "google translate" subtitled the film in English.
    So if you want, there is English text as an
    options for the movie.

    Hope there are not too many grammar mistakes. Thanks to you all. And I thank you RooSummit for the help with the subtitles at the "final texts of the film".
    ........Vandrafjäll
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  11. JohnMacQueen

    JohnMacQueen Trail Blazer

    Välkommen! Great stuff bud! Would love to see more content from you on YouTube. Keep the videos coming!
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  12. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Watched again with subtitles and boy that's some weather :eek::D:ninja:


    I dont think my cold arse daughter will tollerate the harsh winters when she moves to Norway very soon.

    & @Vandrafjäll maximum respect to you :thumbsup:
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  13. Vandrafjäll

    Vandrafjäll Day Walker

    Thanks. But that's not the normal weather. But it can definitely be so. The weather forecast was decent but it turned out to be something completely different.
  14. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    My daughter is cold during a British summer :laugh:....


    Any idea of the wind speeds?
  15. Vandrafjäll

    Vandrafjäll Day Walker

    I measured a maximum of 28.5 m / s. But was later told at the mountain station that it had peaked at 34 m / s. So very strong storm.
    The worst I have experienced were peaks of 38m / s.
  16. Roo

    Roo Summit Camper

    Haha ohh dear! If I'd known my translations were going to become official I'd have taken more care! :laugh: Still, better than nothing and great to make the film accessible to more folks. Glad I could help. :) Thank you for sharing your experiences, @Vandrafjäll - it's cool to see the fjäll in all its winter power. And welcome to the forum!

    When I lived in England it was a long-standing joke at the office how cold I always was. "How many layers are you wearing today?" people would ask, "Oh, only 6 today...". When I announced I was moving to Sweden, someone's genuine immediate response was, "....you do know it's cold there?".
    But on the other hand, the buildings are well-insulated and you can get clothes that work in the temps. Never been a problem. And now when I come home to England it's always so warm! :rolleyes:
    I do recommend a pair of warm boots though. I've found that if my ankles are cold, all of me is cold.
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  17. Vandrafjäll

    Vandrafjäll Day Walker

    Yes it really is better than nothing.
    It made it a lot easier as I am pretty bad at English.
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