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Nestled by a fire beneath a mountain cliff - Premium Private Guided Hikes

Updated: May 17

And so I have been on the fifth overnight stay on my challenge for the year: 52 Weeks of Wilderness: A Year of Adventure Camping and Hiking in the Stavanger Area, Norway

Minimum one overnight sleep in nature every week in 2024. 


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Due to rain and strong wind, I needed to find a spot with shelter and protection from the rain. Beneath this sloping rock face, I discovered the perfect place to make a cozy campfire.

I gathered stones from the surrounding area and constructed a medium-sized fire pit next to the cliff. This was done to seek shelter from the rain and, hopefully, to gain warmth from the fire and eventually from the rock itself.

After a lap around the camp to collect dry twigs for kindling, I was pleased to note that I would indeed have a fire tonight as well:)

Preparation and Gear:

For this trip, my preparations were minimal and straightforward.


Equipment in the backpack for this hike included:

  • Leatherman Wave

  • iPhone 13 mini as main camera

  • First-aid kit

  • Toilet paper

  • Water bottle

  • LED light for the tent

  • Buff (multifunctional neck/headwear)

  • Beanie

  • 2 firestarter packs + lighter

  • Foldable cup + Spork

  • Small electric pump

  • Sami knife

  • Folding saw

  • Headlamp

  • Winter sleeping bag

  • Sleeping pad

  • Tent - Unna

  • Foldable chair

  • Gloves with electric heating

  • Extra Non-Inflatable Sleeping Pad


Additional or reduced from last hike:

- Solo Stove 

- Camera Nikon Z


Food and drink:

  • Lars Monsen's Carbonara

  • Cured Sausage

  • 1 liter of water

It didn't take long before the warmth spread around the fire, creating a delightful ambiance for the evening.

After approximately two hours of burning dry spruce twigs in the fire, it was finally time to heat some water for my meal.


There are certainly more picturesque and camera-friendly meals one can prepare over a fire, but I must say, this warm pasta carbonara tasted absolutely exquisite!

Later in the evening, I indulged in a cured sausage produced in Dirdal. It tasted outstanding and added a special touch to the evening's enjoyment around the fire.

Just beyond the campsite, the sight of trees recently toppled reveals the ferocity with which the wind has swept through the region in recent weeks. This evidence of nature's power adds a reminder of the elements' unpredictability amidst our wilderness adventure.

A satisfied yet exhausted man sits beside the fire, his spirits lifted by the thought of nestling into his sleeping bag for a well-deserved rest.

In my opinion, one cannot find a more inviting place to sleep than this. I would choose this over a hotel room 10 out of 10 times. :)

Lesson learned this time (again):

Bad weather is no excuse for not getting out and enjoying the tranquility of nature!


See you on the trail!!


Espen


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