Conversation at an outdoor outfitter in my hometown early June 2015:
- Me: “Hi, I’m looking for a pair of showshoes”
- Shop attendant: “Are you sure? This is hardly the season…”
- Me: “Oh yes, I’m positive”
- Shop attendant: “Alright then, I’ll see what we can do…”
Second and third week of June I am in Norway (and a bit of Sweden) enjoying a freak record-breaking early summer at higher elevations. Starting from 1,200 m there’s still about 1 m of snow east of the country, up to a staggering 15 m at specific locations (i.e. Folgefonn glacier) west.
First week of the trip I spend hiking and packrafting in the neighboring Femundsmarka (Norway) and Rogen (Sweden) national parks (at lower elevations, so snow is of no concern). Second week I then travel west and fully discover the indispensable nature of the newly purchased snowshoes up in the Jotunheimen and Rondane mountains.
As usual, a full trip report and picture gallery will follow.