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Riding the Femundløpet dogsled trail

Got a silly idea earlier this year and rode 200 km on the tail of the Femundløpet dog sled race. Started more or less as the final musher rushed into Røros. Wind drifts, close to gale force winds at times on the second day and then three times foot bath going through the ice. Yup, I sure got to feel the love of the mountains. Waking up to ten centimetres of fresh snow, then pushing, tumbling and stumbling through to meet up with Mikhail Itkin, who rode with me on the second half of the trip. Luckily, things turned to the better and we enjoyed blissful riding in the mountains on our way to our goal in Røros. This was to be Mikhails first winter bikepacking trip, but that didn’t stop him from riding solo almost 500 km along the course of the dog sled race Finnmarksløpet later this year. What a guy.

If you have access to the Norwegian A-magasinet, you can read more about our trip there.

Got to taste the love of the mountains on day two.

Got to taste the love of the mountains on day two.

My Surly Moonlander stuck in a snow drift.

My Surly Moonlander stuck in a snow drift.

Snowed in. Could have been me.

Snowed in. Could have been me.

Drying clothes.

Drying clothes.

Bivvy bag

Took the bivvy bag along to save weight. Slept well down to -24 °C.

Pushing the only few hundred meters with bad riding conditions on the last couple of days of the trip.

Pushing the only few hundred meters with bad riding conditions on the last couple of days of the trip.

Mikhail eating a cake he won in the local grocery shop in Tolga.

Mikhail eating a cake he won in the local grocery shop in Tolga.

On the way to the mountains.

On the way to the mountains.

Getting ready for a nighttime mountain range crossing.

Getting ready for a nighttime mountain range crossing.

My old MSR Whisperlite finally gave in on the last day.

My old MSR Whisperlite finally gave in on the last day.

Happy me climbing the last mountain.

Climbing the last mountain.

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