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In September of 2021 I had the opportunity to host the first Swedish summer assessment together with two colleagues. A particularly wet week with lots of rain and fog in an unknown area in the north of Jämtland, Sweden. This is the third module where the participants meet outdoors in the mountains to either train or be assessed.
Vålådalen Nature Reserve lies in western Jämtland, in the middle of Sweden, close to the border of Norway. On the trail from Vålåstugorna towards Helags and Ljungdalen there used to be a bridge across Härjångsån. In older versions of the maps of this area there is a marking of a bridge which does no longer exist.
A lot is changing in the mountains this summer. But a lot also stays the same. Right now, the Swedish Tourism Association (STF) is preparing to open the huts of the Swedish Mountain Range. Usually the huts are open to anyone passing by and you do not have to pre-book your bed. You are always guaranteed at least a mattress but if they are too crowded you may have to sleep on a mattress in the sauna or in the kitchen.
To go out on a hike is a wonderful experience but there are a few things that can ruin it all. We have all been beginners once upon a time. Here are some of the problems we face when mountain hiking and hopefully you can avoid them by thinking ahead and planning accordingly.